Our mission is to promote public awareness and conservation of wetlands and other natural environs.
Melvin L. Newman Wetlands Center (NWC) is the focal point of the Clayton County Water Authority's community education efforts. The Newman Wetlands Center was created to demonstrate the importance of preserving wetlands environments and to provide public education in matters of natural resource conservation.
Since its opening in 1995, the Wetlands Center has hosted more than 300,000 visitors from all over Georgia and the world. NWC provides lessons & interpretive experiences on wetlands ecology, conservation, and watershed protection.
CCWA has long been recognized as a leader in the water industry for our environmentally sound approach to wastewater treatment and resource management. As part of our continuing commitment to the community, we provide access to the Wetlands Center so that our visitors here will understand the crucial role that wetlands play in the cycle of water.
Through innovative programs such as constructed wetlands treatment and the development of systems for producing marketable compost and fertilizer products from solid waste, we have set the standard in Georgia and the southeast for water provision and wastewater service.
2755 Freeman Road
Hampton, Georgia 30228
Trail Open Daily:
March - October: 7am - 7pm
November - February: 7am - 5pm
Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
We generally close for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 pm; however, hours may vary each week.
NWC is a 32-acre site that includes a wetlands trail and a 4,800 sq/ft building complex comprised of an exhibit/learning area, a 50-seat auditorium, offices, and a conference facility. Conference facilities are currently only available to water industry professionals, educational workshops, and guided student groups for use.
There are picnic facilities on site as well, which may only be reserved for Wetlands Center group program participants. Other visitors may use them on a first arrival basis. Grills or open fires are not permitted.
Visitors can view various exhibits presented throughout the year, experience various public programs, or hike the wetlands trail. The Learning Center and main boardwalk trail are handicapped accessible.
Our wetlands trail is 1/2 mile long, a very easy walk on a surface alternating between crushed stone and boardwalk. It is flat with several benches, covered areas and a water fountain. There are also two new primitive trails that loop back to the main trail. We hope to develop more challenging upland trails in the future.
Visitors are welcome to either wander through our wetlands on their own or they may wish to be part of a larger group guided by our staff. Groups of 10 or more who wish to tour the Center with a guide may reserve a time by calling 770.603.5606.
For detailed information on guided programs, view our Guided Programs page.
As you walk through the wetlands trails, you might be fortunate enough to see some of the many wildlife species that either stop over during migration or take advantage of this habitat for nesting or permanent residence.
In addition to over 130 bird species, we have seen beaver, river otter, fox, raccoon, muskrat, deer, opossum, mink, and many species of reptiles, insects, and amphibians.
The Atlanta Audubon Society holds Saturday morning birdwatching walks here throughout the year. A checklist has been developed for the Water Authority properties based on documented observations by Wetlands Center staff naturalists, seasonal bird surveys and the observations of other experienced area birders. "Birding Checklist" (PDF).
Please report any sightings of interesting wildlife or bird species not included on the checklist to the Wetlands Center staff naturalist.
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at this facility.
Wildlife is best observed quietly and from a distance. Do not attempt to touch or catch any species while visiting the Wetlands Center, and do not pick any plant species on this property.