The Robert W. Nichol Nature Preserve and Science Center is located on 4.1 acres of land in the village of Hancock, of which .81 acres is wetlands. The Nature Preserve and Science Center, named in appreciation of the wetlands donor, is unique in that it is located in the village of Hancock and readily accessible to visitors. The property is owned and maintained by the Hancock Community Education Foundation.

The Nature preserve offers groomed nature trails that allow visitors to identify flora, fauna, a wide variety of trees, and the observance of bird and animal life. Located throughout the trails you will find various picnic areas to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you are visiting during undesirable weather a covered pavilion and picnic area is available at the science center. The Science Center is complete with study facilities, worktables, study lights, and science room equipment that provides an enhanced science-based educational experience for scheduled visits. We offer monthly programs for children and families and the building is available to use for private parties and events for a nominal fee.

2017 Calendar for Nature Preserve and Science Center

Date Event
Sept. 16 Stained Glass Cling Workshop @ 11:00 AM - Children and their families will learn how to design and make a window cling using geometric patterns that abstract natural elements such as plants, waterfalls, and rivers. RWN Nature Preserve and Science Center 404 West Main St. Hancock. Limited space is still available. To register, please call HCEF (607)637-5262 or email randiappley@yahoo.com
Sept. 19 Science Night for Kids @ 6:00 PM - RWN Nature Preserve and Science Center 404 West Main St. Hancock. This is a free event for families to come and enjoy some fun science based projects. To register, please call HCEF (607)637-5262 or email randiappley@yahoo.com
Sept. 23 Spiral Sketchbook Workshop @ 11:00 AM. The students will go on a nature walk to collect leaves and other items to decorate books with Artist Roshan Houshmand. Sketchbooks will be brought home afterwards! This is a free activity. To register, please call HCEF (607)637-5262 or email randiappley@yahoo.com
Oct. 6 Brooks Chicken BBQ @ 11:00 AM, Hancock Town Square. $7.00/ Half. $10.00/ Whole.
Oct. 7 Harvest Festivalat the Hancock Town Square from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. Come see local vendors or even set up a table of your very own!! Vendors set up from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM. Call HCEF at (607) 637-5262 to inquire about your own set up.
Oct. 17 Science Night at the Hancock Nature Preserve and Science Center @ 6:00 P.M. This is a free event for families to come and enjoy some fun science based projects. To register, please call HCEF (607)637-5262 or email randiappley@yahoo.com