10 Best Nature Centers in Iowa!

If you're looking for nature beyond cornfields in Iowa, this list of places is for you! From Dubuque to Bloomfield, there is no shortage of wonderful outdoor venues in the Hawkeye State for hiking, birdwatching, and more.

EB Lyons Interpretive Center, Dubuque, IA

This 1437-acre national historic landmark is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from bald eagles to wild turkeys and flying squirrels. Hike the trails, appreciate the views, and make a picnic in the forest of this amazing Watchable Wildlife Area. Get ready for an outdoor experience that will stay in your memories.

Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, IA

Take a hike through some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in the state and be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. Or, enjoy a tender picnic with friends beneath the starlit sky and the chorus of local birdsong. There's something for everyone every day of the year.

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA Indian Creek Nature Center's goal is to foster a love of the natural world. Through connections to nature, you can develop understanding and passion to help protect it, so come on out and get started! At this place, people of all ages can learn, explore, and play in the great outdoors. For those with a deep respect for the environment, Indian Creek Nature Center is the essential playground to nurture the future of the planet.

Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City, IA

Nestled atop a limestone bluff above the picturesque Winnebago River, this stunning spot has plenty to offer nature lovers of all ages. Explore the diverse and fascinating natural resources of the area and find out why Lime Creek Nature Center should be your next outdoor adventure.

Dickinson County Nature Center, Okoboji, IA

The Dickinson County Nature Center is the ultimate destination for nature lovers! Open year-round, it's a mecca for environmental learning and fun. Have a blast exploring interactive exhibits, and make sure to say hello to the friendly live animal ambassadors. Come for a day of adventure and leave with an appreciation for the earth.

Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls, IA

Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls, IA The Hartman Reserve Nature Center provides visitors with an enchanting outdoor experience. The 340-acre woodland features the largest tract of upland timber, and everyone is invited to explore the array of habitats and be captivated by nature's wonders.

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City, IA

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center provides visitors with 1,000 acres of woodlands and prairies to explore, along with interactive exhibits to discover the local wildlife. Take a trip down one of the center's three miles of trails and immerse yourself in the surrealness of the natural environment.

Jester Park Nature Center, Granger, IA

The Jester Park Nature Center is the ideal destination for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Explore their natural playscapes, bison and elk exhibits, and restored woodlands, and hop on the network of natural trails to take in the serenity of the surroundings. You can easily spend the whole day soaking in the natural wonders of the center and the beauty of the nearby lakes.

Macbride Nature Recreation Area, Solon, IA

Macbride Nature Recreation Area, Solon, IA The Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) is an incredible 485-acre peninsula where visitors can hike, ski, and get close to nature—all while taking in the stunning views of the 10 kilometers of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. Immerse yourself in the MNRA for the ultimate outdoor adventure!

Pioneer Ridge, Bloomfield, IA

Pioneer Ridge Nature Area is a beautiful outdoor facility with amenities including hiking trails, picnic areas, and a playground. Come out and discover the magic that Pioneer Ridge Nature Area has to offer.

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