List of nature centers in Indiana

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Indiana.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Bendix Woods New Carlisle St. Joseph Northern Indiana 195 acres including 26-acre state dedicated nature preserve, children's discovery room, operated by the County
Brown County State Park Nature Center Nashville Brown Southern Indiana 15,776 acres, features the Brown County Interpretive Center
Cagles Mill Lake Cloverdale Putnam Central Indiana 8,075 acres, reservoir and state recreation area, features the Cable Mills Interpretive Center
Chain O'Lakes State Park Interpretive Center Albion Noble Northern Indiana 2,718 acres, one-room schoolhouse nature center
Clifty Falls State Park Madison Jefferson Southern Indiana 1,416 acres, includes a nature center
Cool Creek Park and Nature Center Carmel Hamilton Central Indiana website, 90 acres, operated by the County
Cope Environmental Center Centerville Wayne Central Indiana website, 102 acres, focus on sustainable living
Dunes Learning Center Chesterton Porter Northern Indiana website, residential environmental education camp for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Eagle Creek Park Indianapolis Marion Central Indiana 3,900 acres, features the Earth Discovery Center and the Ornithology Center about birds
Falls of the Ohio State Park Clarksville Clark Southern Indiana 165 acres, visitor center museum exhibits about the park's fossil beds, natural and human history
Fort Harrison State Park Lawrence Marion Central Indiana 1,700 acres, interpretive center with environmental education programs
Harmonie State Park New Harmony Posey Southwestern Indiana 3,465 acres
Hayes Arboretum Richmond Wayne Central Indiana 355 acres, displays about trees, native woods and plants, flora and fauna
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center Bloomington Monroe Southern Indiana website, operated by Indiana University, demonstration gardens, gardening and nature education programs
Holliday Park and Nature Center Indianapolis Marion Central Indiana website, 95 acres, operated by the City, Marion County and Holliday Park natural and environmental history, features hands-on, discovery-based activities for all ages
Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center Chesterton Porter Northern Indiana 2,182 acres (883 ha), nature center open year round
Kirkendall Nature Center Kokomo Howard Central Indiana website, operated by the City in the 100-acre Jackson Morrow Park, features aquariums, mounts of area mammals, birds, insects, fish, fossils
Lilly Nature Center West Lafayette Tippecanoe Central Indiana website, operated by the City in 195-acre Celery Bog Nature Area
Lincoln State Park Nature Center Lincoln City Spencer Southwestern Indiana 1,747 acres, park includes boyhood home of President Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Interpretive Center by the Pine Hills area
Luhr County Park & Nature Center La Porte La Porte Northern Indiana website, 89 acres, operated by the County, hands-on environmental displays and exhibits, live animals, and wildlife observation room
Maplewood Nature Center LaGrange LaGrange Northern Indiana website, operated by the County in 90-acre LaGrange County Nature Preserve
McCloud Nature Park North Salem Hendricks Central Indiana website, operated by the County, 232-acre park, nature center features interactive nature exhibits, bird viewing area, greenhouse, resource library and monthly rotating art exhibits
McCormick's Creek State Park Spencer Owen Central Indiana 1,924 acres, includes a nature center
Merry Lea Environmental Center Wolf Lake Noble Northern Indiana 1,150 acres, operated by Goshen College, programs for schools, field laboratory for students studying ecology, environmental education and agroecology
Metea County Park Leo-Cedarville Allen Northern Indiana website, operated by the County, 250 acres, includes the Gloria Goeglein Nature Center
Mounds State Park Anderson Marion Central Indiana 251 acres, interpretive center includes a wildlife viewing room, animal displays, interactive games, exhibits about the 10 ceremonial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena culture
O'Bannon Woods State Park Corydon Harrison Southern Indiana 2,000 acres, houses the O'Bannon Woods Interpretive Center, which offers exhibits and nature programs year round
Patoka Lake Interpretive Center Birdseye Dubois Southwestern Indiana 25,800 acres with 8,800-acre reservoir
Paynetown State Recreation Area Activity Center Monroe Southern Indiana Nature center at the Paynetown Beach, drop-in activities, live reptiles, open seasonally
Pokagon Nature Center Angola Steuben Northern Indiana Located in 1,260-acre Pokagon State Park, animals and displays about Pokagon and its surrounding areas
Potato Creek State Park North Liberty St. Joseph Northern Indiana 3,840 acres, nature center includes live animals
Rum Village Nature Center South Bend St. Joseph Northern Indiana website, 160 acres, operated by the City, exhibits about the plant and animal life of northern Indiana
Salamonie Interpretive and Nature Center Andrews Huntington Northern Indiana website, operated by the State, programs for the J.E. Roush Fish and Wildlife Area, Mississinewa Lake, Ouabache State Park, Salamonie Lake and Salamonie River State Forest, features live animals, interactive reservoir exhibits, natural and cultural history displays
Shakamak State Park Jasonville Greene Southern Indiana 1,766 acres, seasonal nature center
Spicer Lake Nature Center New Carlisle St. Joseph Northern Indiana website, 320 acres, trails along wetlands, woods and old-growth fields, nature center, environmental education programs, operated by the County
Spring Mill State Park Mitchell Lawrence Southern Indiana 1,358 acres, park includes a pioneer village, nature center, memorial for astronaut Gus Grissom, cave tours by boat
Tulip Creek Nature Center Ligonier Noble Northern Indiana website, 50-acre nature preserve
Turkey Run State Park Marshall Parke Central 2,382 acres, nature center open year round
Versailles State Park Versailles Ripley Southern Indiana 5,988 acres, seasonal interpretive programs
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve Evansville Vanderburgh Southwestern Indiana 240 acres, owned by the City and operated by the non-profit Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve Society
Woodlawn Nature Center Elkhart Elkhart Northern Indiana website, 10 acres, natural history museum, managed by the Woodlawn Nature Council
Zion Nature Center Zionsville Boone Central Indiana website, operated by the City, supported by the Friends of Zion Nature Center


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