Visitors at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center enjoy the 1.5-acre Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Garden as well as the Children’s Discovery Trail and Garden. Visitors can see and learn about dozens of native trees, shrubs and perennials that offer food and cover value for wildlife.
The Richard D. Haley Native Wildlife Garden was created in memory of former Goodwin Director, Richard Haley. It is maintained by a spirited group of master gardeners and community volunteers who share an interest in native plant habitats, invasive plant control and native plant propagation.
The Children’s Discovery Trail, a magical place for young children, was created by volunteers who maintain a “Fairy Trail” and a pollinator garden that pique children’s curiosity and sense of wonder.
A plant sale is offered annually by the Friends of Goodwin Forest, and native plants are available for purchase from June to October at our self-serve plant stand. We have a selection of shrubs and hardy perennials. All of our perennials are raised from seed without the use of chemical fertilizers so they will be hardy in your landscape. Proceeds are used to enhance the gardens and support the center.
We encourage you to visit the gardens. There are educational signs throughout to teach you the hows and whys of native, wildlife-friendly gardening. Guided tours of the gardens can be scheduled by calling 860-455-9534.