Today, Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve provides miles of hiking/walking trails with many loop options that meander through acres and acres of forests and prairie meadows. Full time naturalists on staff host a variety of programs year round. These programs are designed to educate the public about the plants and animals that live in our area. Cultural and historical programs are also offered to help visitors understand the human impact on our resources while often encouraging a hands-on approach to learning. The staff Naturalists also act as restoration managers on the site by eliminating non-native plants and encouraging the growth of plant species that were historically part of our local ecosystem.
Inside the Rotary Nature Center, a window looks out at wildlife feeding stations and a flowing stream that attract birds, squirrels, and the occasional deer. From couches inside, visitors can relax and observe the native wildlife in a comfortable setting. The natural resources staff is housed at the Nature Center and they are available to answer questions. An extensive natural resources library is also available and contains books for children along with many of the most up to date field guides on the market.
The Rotary Nature Center and the window on wildlife are often open for drop in visitors Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm Occasionally, the center is open on weekends when staff is on site.