Erie County Conservation District

Headwaters Park

Headwaters Park and the Headwaters Natural Resource Center was created by the Headwaters NRC Trust.
Located near I-90 and Route 8 is a unique area creating the headwaters of Mill Creek. 35 acres adjacent to the Thomas E. Bundy Industrial Park was donated by Erie County for the creation of our conservation park.

Old logging and farming uses have left permanent scars within the Park. Nearly fifty years later the logging roads and skid trails are still visible. Poor cultivation techniques have created harmful runoff patterns. A natural gas pipeline runs through the Park. Runoff from Wager Road and adjacent parking lots discharge stormwater to the valley slopes.

Fortunately, this parcel of nature is naturally covered with mature hardwoods, native grasses, a broad range of successional plants, wetlands and, of course, Mill Creek. It is the perfect place for a first-rate conservation facility. A wide variety of stormwater management techniques have been implemented with signage to offer information to the public regarding ways to handle runoff and stormwater, along with other conservation demonstrations.

The 10,000 square foot Natural Resource Center affords year-round educational opportunities for the improvement of Erie County. Students, teachers, engineers, builders and developers all benefit from the progressive demonstrations, research and clearinghouse for environmental issues and concerns for the Lake Erie Basin.

Headwaters Park is also the home of the Erie County Conservation District, which as a part of its mission, has a responsibility for conservation education as well as a commitment to conserving Commonwealth resources. Headwaters Park and Headwaters Natural Resource Center provide excellent opportunities for both student and professional conservation programs.