... Promoting public awareness and conservation of wetlands and other natural environs,...
The Authority's Melvin L. Newman Wetlands Center is the focal point of the Clayton County Water Authority's community education efforts. Since its opening in 1995, the Wetlands Center has hosted more than 280,000 visitors, including students of all ages, to lessons & interpretive experiences of wetlands ecology, conservation and watershed protection.
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.
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 land application of treated wastewater, 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, Thursday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m; Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Center 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.
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, watch informative wetlands videos, or hike the wetlands trail. The entire facility is 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 very flat, with several benches, covered areas and a water fountain. We hope to eventually develop a system of primitive, more challenging upland trails for guided hikes.
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 (Monday-Friday) may reserve time by calling (770) 603-5606. Small groups may be accommodated Saturday afternoons, March through October.
School Groups (grades 1-12) desiring reservations for the spring or fall are urged to call well in advance to be assured of their data preference. During the summer months (June-August) daily guided walks are scheduled for visitors without reservations. Times for these walks are posted on the bulletin board at the trail entrance, as well as notices for special classes or events.
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, wild turkey, opossum, mink, and many species of reptiles, insects, and amphibians. Please report any unusual or interesting sightings in the Wildlife Sightings Log located at the exhibit area.
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.