Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center

Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center Providing you with parks, trails, outdoor education & recreation. Come explore with us! WCCB parks and the Annett Nature Center are open to visitors at no charge.

Many WCCB programs are free, some have nominal fees, and a few are used as fundraising tools

Operating as usual

FWCC was awarded a $5,000 grant from Warren County Philanthropic Partnership to use towards Phase 1 of the new education...
06/21/2021

FWCC was awarded a $5,000 grant from Warren County Philanthropic Partnership to use towards Phase 1 of the new educational exhibits. We are waiting on a few taxidermy animals and some replica wildflowers to be installed and then Phase 1 will be complete. Thank you WCPP.

FWCC was awarded a $5,000 grant from Warren County Philanthropic Partnership to use towards Phase 1 of the new educational exhibits. We are waiting on a few taxidermy animals and some replica wildflowers to be installed and then Phase 1 will be complete. Thank you WCPP.

Our reading library needed some fixing up so Randy Edwards built us a new one. Thank you Claudia Cole Meek for the beaut...
06/18/2021

Our reading library needed some fixing up so Randy Edwards built us a new one. Thank you Claudia Cole Meek for the beautiful paintings on each side. Sue Edwards also refilled it with some new books.

Day 2 of Wild Outdoor Women! Ryan and Allison McPherren led the ladies on a wildflower hike. Wild Women got to try their...
06/16/2021

Day 2 of Wild Outdoor Women! Ryan and Allison McPherren led the ladies on a wildflower hike. Wild Women got to try their hand at throwing tomahawks and a great big thank you to Canoesport Outfitters for leading the kayaking session!

Today the WHO Great Iowa Tractor Drive took to the back roads of Southern Warren County. The staff at the Annett Nature ...
06/16/2021

Today the WHO Great Iowa Tractor Drive took to the back roads of Southern Warren County. The staff at the Annett Nature Center were lucky enough to watch them drive by!

Wild Outdoor Women Day 2 - Group Photos and Women's Hygiene with Jess from Story County Conservation! More cat hole pict...
06/16/2021

Wild Outdoor Women Day 2 - Group Photos and Women's Hygiene with Jess from Story County Conservation! More cat hole pictures!

WCCB staff assisted with the IADNR outdoor skills workshop today at the Annett Nature Center. Teachers from across the s...
06/15/2021

WCCB staff assisted with the IADNR outdoor skills workshop today at the Annett Nature Center. Teachers from across the state learned outdoor skills, GPS & geocaching, standup paddlboarding, canoeing, knot tying, and basic fishing. Tomorrow they will learn shooting sports and archery.

Day 1 Wild Outdoor Women! More pictures, we started the weekend making T-Shirts with Side Garage, evening yoga with Begi...
06/15/2021

Day 1 Wild Outdoor Women! More pictures, we started the weekend making T-Shirts with Side Garage, evening yoga with Begin Again Yoga, and Make & Take Campfire Starters and Smores!

Wild Outdoor Women Workshop-Day 2 Included antler/shed hunting, throwing tomahawks and atlatls, and learning how to care...
06/15/2021

Wild Outdoor Women Workshop-Day 2 Included antler/shed hunting, throwing tomahawks and atlatls, and learning how to care for healthy houseplants. Thank you Jim Coffey-IADNR and Art Terrarium located in Des Moines for their educational and fun presentations.

A few more pictures of our Wild Outdoor Women making t-shirts with The Side Garage. They turned out wonderful!!
06/14/2021

A few more pictures of our Wild Outdoor Women making t-shirts with The Side Garage. They turned out wonderful!!

The monarchs have been enjoying all the blooms at Annett Nature Center.
06/13/2021

The monarchs have been enjoying all the blooms at Annett Nature Center.

06/13/2021

We will be sharing more photos of the Wild Outdoor Women Workshop over the next few days. Please feel free to tag us in you photos and we can share them to our page.

Wild Outdoor Women Workshop Day 2- Jen from Jackson County Conservation lead a wild edibles session and cooked up some d...
06/12/2021

Wild Outdoor Women Workshop Day 2- Jen from Jackson County Conservation lead a wild edibles session and cooked up some delicious dishes for everyone to sample.

Wild Outdoor Women Day 2- thanks to the IADNR staff and  Warren Ikes for teaching the ladies about shooting sports.
06/12/2021

Wild Outdoor Women Day 2- thanks to the IADNR staff and Warren Ikes for teaching the ladies about shooting sports.

Day 2 Wild Outdoor Women- we started the morning with Jess from Story County Conservation learning about feminine hygien...
06/12/2021

Day 2 Wild Outdoor Women- we started the morning with Jess from Story County Conservation learning about feminine hygiene while backpacking and spending time in remote places. The ladies learned how to dig a cathole and were provided tips and tricks for staying clean.

Day 1 Wild Outdoor Women Workshop- sunset yoga, fire starters, and campfire. A big thank you The Side Garage and Begin A...
06/12/2021

Day 1 Wild Outdoor Women Workshop- sunset yoga, fire starters, and campfire. A big thank you The Side Garage and Begin Again Yoga. 🧘🏻‍♀️

A quiet view this morning at Lester Pond.
06/11/2021

A quiet view this morning at Lester Pond.

A quiet view this morning at Lester Pond.

Luna Moth just resting at the Middleswart Lodge.
06/09/2021

Luna Moth just resting at the Middleswart Lodge.

Luna Moth just resting at the Middleswart Lodge.

Staff found this female snapping turtle laying eggs and an American toad at Woodland Mounds earlier this week.
06/07/2021

Staff found this female snapping turtle laying eggs and an American toad at Woodland Mounds earlier this week.

What a beautiful morning for the FWCC Kids Fish Day 2021!Thank you to everyone who came out and did a little fishing tod...
06/05/2021

What a beautiful morning for the FWCC Kids Fish Day 2021!
Thank you to everyone who came out and did a little fishing today.

Our competition winners were Jordan with the Most fish (11) and the Smallest fish (5 1/4") and Miles with the Largest fish (11 3/4".)

A great big thank you to Warren County Izaak Walton League and all of our Friends of Warren County Conservation members and volunteers for all of the help for the young fishermen and fisherwomen, and for helping the day run smoothly!

Conyers Clan wrapped up their Geocaching Constellation Adventure! Congratulations!
06/03/2021

Conyers Clan wrapped up their Geocaching Constellation Adventure! Congratulations!

Conyers Clan wrapped up their Geocaching Constellation Adventure! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone for coming out yesterday, and to Melissa with Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center for leading su...
06/02/2021

Thank you to everyone for coming out yesterday, and to Melissa with Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center for leading such a fun terrariums program! Everyone made beautiful terrariums to take home and add some greenery to their indoor spaces!

The June Storywalk is Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark. It is ready for readers at the Annett Nature Center, and starts...
06/01/2021

The June Storywalk is Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark. It is ready for readers at the Annett Nature Center, and starts on the south end of the wetland bridge!

The June Storywalk is Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark. It is ready for readers at the Annett Nature Center, and starts on the south end of the wetland bridge!

Milkweed is popping up all over. Last week staff saw monarch eggs and little caterpillars! Have you seen any 🦋 yet?
05/31/2021

Milkweed is popping up all over. Last week staff saw monarch eggs and little caterpillars! Have you seen any 🦋 yet?

It's not too late to sign up for Wild Outdoor Women! The just-for-women's weekend is June 11th and 12th. Register by mai...
05/25/2021

It's not too late to sign up for Wild Outdoor Women!

The just-for-women's weekend is June 11th and 12th. Register by mailing in your session form found here:https://www.warrenccb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WOW-Brochure.pdf or by phone at 515-961-6169.

It's not too late to sign up for Wild Outdoor Women!

The just-for-women's weekend is June 11th and 12th. Register by mailing in your session form found here:https://www.warrenccb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WOW-Brochure.pdf or by phone at 515-961-6169.

View from along the wetland bridge at Annett Nature Center.
05/24/2021

View from along the wetland bridge at Annett Nature Center.

View from along the wetland bridge at Annett Nature Center.

Spiderwort and Columbine are blooming at the Annett Nature Center. What’s blooming in your yard?
05/16/2021

Spiderwort and Columbine are blooming at the Annett Nature Center. What’s blooming in your yard?

We’ve got some great two year old plants ready for your garden. Stop by the Annett Nature Center today only from 8AM to ...
05/15/2021

We’ve got some great two year old plants ready for your garden. Stop by the Annett Nature Center today only from 8AM to 2PM. While supplies last. $4 each and all proceeds benefit educational programs and exhibits.

We’ve have 4 openings for tonight’s Plant, Grow, Fly Program. If your interested give us call at 515-961-6169. It starts...
05/14/2021

We’ve have 4 openings for tonight’s Plant, Grow, Fly Program. If your interested give us call at 515-961-6169. It starts at 6PM.

We’ve have 4 openings for tonight’s Plant, Grow, Fly Program. If your interested give us call at 515-961-6169. It starts at 6PM.

A beautiful day for a field trip.
05/12/2021

A beautiful day for a field trip.

FWCC Native Plant Sale May 15 from 8AM- 4PM at Annett Nature Center.
05/09/2021

FWCC Native Plant Sale May 15 from 8AM- 4PM at Annett Nature Center.

FWCC Native Plant Sale May 15 from 8AM- 4PM at Annett Nature Center.

Check out this Women's Fly Fishing clinic offered through the Iowa DNR!Ever thought about catching your own trout for di...
05/07/2021
Beyond BOW - Fly Fishing Clinic

Check out this Women's Fly Fishing clinic offered through the Iowa DNR!

Ever thought about catching your own trout for dinner? Want to pick-up skills like casting and cooking your catch? Maybe you like the idea of renewing yourself by spending time near clean water. You can do all this in the Des Moines metro, in the company of other women!

Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and the Mayfly Siren, Carla Lemon, will be hosting a female fly fishing clinic at Terra Park in Johnston, IA. We'll work on practicing our casts, tying our lines and then spend the day fishing!

Grab a friend and register as space is limited. No experience necessary; all fly fishing equipment will be provided. If you have your own, please bring it. Cost includes lunch and equipment. Participants must purchase an Iowa fishing license.Registration: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehxrvsww546bfafd&llr=dep4qyuab

Female Fly Fishing Clinic, First Catch Center at Terra Park, Johnston, IA
May 23, 10am-4pm
$50
Registration includes equipment and lunch.

Ever thought about catching your own trout for dinner? Want to pick-up skills like casting and cooking your catch? Maybe you like the idea of renewing yourself by spending time near clean, flowing water. Join the Mayfly Maven for the day fly fishing in the company of other women!

Shooting star is blooming in the butterfly garden at Annett Nature Center.
05/06/2021

Shooting star is blooming in the butterfly garden at Annett Nature Center.

Shooting star is blooming in the butterfly garden at Annett Nature Center.

Address

15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA
50125

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(515) 961-6169

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Beauty abounds at Woodland Mounds! 🍀 My favorite is the Wild Ginger. 🌿 Forest Therapy benefits while watching the busy bee! 🐝 🌸 Iowa's State Flower- the Wild Rose 🌳 Iowa's State Tree- the Oak 💮 I know honeysuckle has become a bit of a problem in some wild areas, but it is beautifully blooming.
A beautiful sunset was the backdrop at Middleswart Lodge as I picked up another cache. A gorgeous view from atop the hill!
We enjoy visiting Summerset State Park throughout the year. It is a nice place to park and connect on bikes to Summerset Trail and head north to Indianola (Outer Scoop) or head south to Carlisle (Fiss's). Either way, good ice cream. Also got to mention Wendy's in Norwalk when WCC Geoche Adventures takes us to that area of the county.
The Carlisle City Park is so full of pretty Spring blooms. Will have to return later this summer to see what it has to offer in another season.
Grant Nature Land. Every time I visit the parks and trails of Warren County Conservation I discover something new. This time I discovered there is a town in Warren County called Swan. But where is it?
So new to the Warren County Conservation park system there hasn't been a sign installed yet. You will be rewarded with woodland flowers galore when you visit this one. North River Greenbelt- Swamp White Oak Tract.
One of the best kept secrets in Warren County. The swinging bridge is fun to cross.
The naturalized Redbuds are all in bloom right now at Lake Ahquabi State Park. Great time to pick up a WC Constellations Geocache!
These two are close in distance so I suggest planning on finding them together.
A wonderful day to be out on the Great Western Trail, stopped by the Cu***ng Prairie Remnant
Peek A Boo! Who can guess what Warren County Park this FWCC board member is standing in? Extra Credit- name the board member :)
We have shoeboxes for Indianola children that otherwise may not have things this Christmas and we have backpacks for Indianola families to get essentials (clothes, health, beauty, bathroom things) that many are doing without right now. Just send me your address and if you would like a shoebox, a backpack or both. Then I will drop off on your doorstep. From there, we will pick up on the 19th of December and have pickup spots as well. Thanks so much and God bless. Any questions, please reach out. https://fb.me/e/3VQImNj31