Iowa has been a beautiful prairie grassland, a glacial passing zone, a pass for herding buffalo and even a wetland in some parts of the state. You can learn about the natural flora and fauna of the Hawkeye State in these beautiful new nature centers.
The Mills County Nature Center opened in the summer of 2016 in Pony Creek Park near Glenwood. Located across the street from Pony Creek Lake, this center has indoor and outdoor classrooms available for children and adults. The nature center also has live animals on display, as well as information about the wildlife in the southwest region of the Loess Hills.
Construction began on Ringgold County's nature center in Summer 2016. Named after its location on the former migration path for bison and deer, the Dragoon Trace Nature Center will provide educational opportunities for families to learn about wildlife in Iowa's southwest corner. The center will open sometime in 2017.
The last glacial advance in Iowa did not touch the Driftless area, leaving it full of low valleys, steep cliffs and wide areas of wetland. The new Driftless Area Wetlands Centre in Marquette will highlight this Driftless topography and host events for those interested in Iowa's wetlands and prairies
Jester Park in Granger is already a fun experience with a resident elk herd, fishing lake and a natural playscape. It will be even more fun when the Jester Park Nature Center opens in 2018. The center will complement the 1,675-acre park and campground.