Nathan’s Divide Watershed Education Center

Our Mission: To encourage our community to come together for environmental stewardship.

Our Vision: To become the region’s destination for environmental education, outdoor recreation, and wellness

Our vision is to become the region’s destination for water-related environmental education

  • A community center with displays that will enable visitors to understand:
    • How rain and groundwater provide clean drinking water
    • How sewage is collected, treated, and discharged back into a river
    • How a drop of water that falls on the eastern side of the divide flows into the Atlantic Ocean and a drop that falls on the western side flows to the Gulf of Mexico
  • Offering community participation and volunteer opportunities
  • Modeling sustainable practices with a LEED designed building, natural landscaping, and permeable pavement
  • Hosting a Resource Center that provides educators, parents, and children with a wide variety of environmental education materials
  • Displaying art works devoted to water themes

Nathan’s Divide Watershed Education Center

Nathan’s Divide is a regional facility located near the Eastern Continental Divide and dedicated to providing the highest quality programs focused nature and our environment.  The programs include natural science, conservation, history, culture, outdoor education, environmental stewardship, recreation, art, and community service.

The entry road is located less than 2 miles north of the center of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania at the water reservoir owned by the Ebensburg Municipal Authority in Cambria County. The address is 1278 N. Center St. Ebensburg, PA 15931

Planned Activities

  • Fun
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking and Canoeing
    • Forest Canopy Tour
  • Health
    • Walking, Hiking Trails
    • Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing
    • Outdoor Fitness Area
  • Learning
    • Indoor and Outdoor Classrooms
    • Bird Watching
    • Plant and Animal Identification

Many children can identify over 1,000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 plants and animals native to their region.

95% of all learning is estimated to take place outside the classrooms.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.” –Theodore Roosevelt


Nathan’s Divide Launch Meeting

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Last weekend, Dave and I were hiking on some trails through The Divide with our friend, Marty.  We saw an old board nailed to a tree and began talking about spending time in the woods as kids.  Of course the guys discussed the “cabins” that they made and how they were able to develop various [...]

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Have you ever watched a great blue heron walk through a wetland in winter and thought, “I bet their feet get cold! I should knit it some heron socks!” Fret not, and put your knitting needles back down. Great blue herons and other birds have several adaptations that help them survive on cold winter days. First, the narrow legs of herons are mostly bones and tendons with few nerves, so their perception of the cold water is likely quite different from what you feel wading through the water.Second, to help keep their legs warm, many birds will stand on one leg, keeping the other one tucked up close to their body. As they alternate legs, they can periodically warm the cold one back up a bit.Finally, many birds have a specialized arrangement of blood vessels in their legs that helps to keep their core body temperature high, while also minimizing heat loss from their skinny legs. Within each leg is a branching network of veins that pass alongside an artery carrying warm, oxygenated blood down from the core. By passing close to each other, this network of blood vessels (called the rete tibiotarsale) functions as a countercurrent heat exchanger. Countercurrent means the blood is flowing in opposite directions within the artery and veins. Warm arterial blood flows down from the core, while cool venous blood comes back up from the feet. As cooled blood in the veins moves back up the leg towards the heron’s core, it picks up heat from the warm blood in the artery next to it. This allows blood in the veins to be warmed back up before returning to the core, limiting the bird’s risk of hypothermia. In addition, blood in the artery is cooled as it passes down the leg and gives heat off to the returning venous blood. Cooling the arterial blood reduces the amount of heat lost from the heron’s skinny legs.I guess you could say that, when it comes to walking barefoot across a wetland in winter, the great blue heron has a leg up on us. 😂 See, I told you could put those knitting needles down! Photo by Henry, CC BY 2.0 ... See MoreSee Less
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We have students and Girl Scouts that are designing a pollination garden at Nathan’s Divide for planting in early spring with native plants including milkweed for monarch butterflies. ... See MoreSee Less
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We use the Cora Ball and it works greatNew data on microfiber pollution from our clothes dryers supports our own findings from 2020. Masses of microfiber are escaping from our dryers into the environment. These fibers can end up on the ground, but are also suspended in the air for long distances. Read about the science and what you can do when washing your own laundry at home. www.coraball.com/blogs/ocean-protectors-blog/electric-clothes-dryers-are-emitting-microfiber-poll...#smartlaundry #slowfashion #microfiber #coraball #foracleanocean ... See MoreSee Less
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