The Water Works Environmental Education Center (WWEEC) is owned by the City of Palatka. The Water Works Committee and Volunteers build trails, conduct tours, host field trips and meet regularly to review goals and progress.
The WWEEC is open to the public every Wednesday (from 8:00a.m. – noon) and the 1st Sunday afternoon of each month (1:30p.m.—5p.m.) with volunteers from the Water Works Advisory Group available at the WW Building to answer questions and give guided tours of the facility.
The WWEEC supports the Putnam County and William Bartram trails network by acting as a trail hub, providing access to WW nature trails, identifying Bartram plants through appropriate signage, and displaying exhibits that describe William Bartram’s contribution to natural history exploration of the St. Johns River area.
The WWEEC provides a tranquil place for reflection, a site for community activities, and a platform for experiential learning through informative exhibits, walking trails, natural habitat demonstration areas, special projects, and community interactions.
The WWEEC promotes the conservation of clean freshwater at home, in the workplace, and as part of the local community by sharing knowledge about the historic Water Works facility, gardening practices derived from organic gardening, permaculture, edible landscape concepts, and the use of native plants as alternatives to water and chemical dependent exotic lawn grasses and horticulture plants. Habitat restorations on the property provide opportunities to demonstrate unique adaptations of plants and animals to water conservation and other physical and biological constraints presented by these unique North Florida habitats. The wetlands and upland natural habitats allow linkages to the St. Johns River and opportunities for interactions with the St. Johns River Center in Downtown Palatka.
There are five community gardens in the Palatka area with the Water Works Community Organic Garden as the only one dedicated to organic methods. For more information about participating in any of the local community gardens, you may contact Shann Purinton at 386-325-9585