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!

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

07/15/2020

The outdoor wellness program for tomorrow has been cancelled due to not enough participants registered. We are going to schedule a virtual option with premade items at later a date.

07/15/2020

An engagement ring was found on the Great Western Trail south of Cumming (1 mile from trailhead).

If you think it may be yours, please contact us 515-961-6169.

Round 4 of what do you think this tree looks like?
07/14/2020

Round 4 of what do you think this tree looks like?

Don't you love how the morning dew adds "nature glitter" to everything? This spiderweb was accented with dew, showing of...
07/13/2020

Don't you love how the morning dew adds "nature glitter" to everything? This spiderweb was accented with dew, showing off the intricate web-work before the dew evaporated in the sun.

It’s a great day to be outside especially at Zo-El Annett Woods. Share in the comments your favorite Warren County Park.
07/13/2020

It’s a great day to be outside especially at Zo-El Annett Woods. Share in the comments your favorite Warren County Park.

Explore the Annett Nature Center trails and enjoy all the spectacular colors of summer.
07/12/2020

Explore the Annett Nature Center trails and enjoy all the spectacular colors of summer.

These new park and trail signs will be coming to your Warren County Parks and Trails soon.
07/12/2020

These new park and trail signs will be coming to your Warren County Parks and Trails soon.

Exciting things have been happening inside the Annett Nature Center. New flooring has been installed in the entryway, ki...
07/11/2020

Exciting things have been happening inside the Annett Nature Center. New flooring has been installed in the entryway, kitchen, and exhibit hall. This is just a start on the redesign of the exhibit hall. Learn how you can support new educational exhibits at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Abfkeg

Thank you Annalise & Evie Duncan from Troop 50 for building and donating two wood duck boxes and two bat houses. These h...
07/10/2020

Thank you Annalise & Evie Duncan from Troop 50 for building and donating two wood duck boxes and two bat houses. These houses will be installed in the parks at a later date by WCCB staff.

A beautiful day at the Annett Nature Center.
07/09/2020

A beautiful day at the Annett Nature Center.

Zach wrapped up his Fish Geocaching Adventure! Great job Zach!
07/08/2020

Zach wrapped up his Fish Geocaching Adventure! Great job Zach!

Have you heard the cicadas singing yet? This little one emerged on a garbage can this morning. When cicadas perform thei...
07/07/2020

Have you heard the cicadas singing yet? This little one emerged on a garbage can this morning. When cicadas perform their final molt from nymph form, they leave behind these exoskeleton "skins." The best part about these "skins" is that they cling very well to clothing, and make great velcro-on bug-buds!

This cicada was safely relocated to a tree where it could finish drying safe from ground predators.

Found at North River I Swamp White Oak Area. Please call 515-961-6169 to set up an appointment for pick up.
07/06/2020

Found at North River I Swamp White Oak Area. Please call 515-961-6169 to set up an appointment for pick up.

When was the last time you visited the Annett Nature Center for a picnic?  If you haven't been out in awhile, grab your ...
07/03/2020

When was the last time you visited the Annett Nature Center for a picnic? If you haven't been out in awhile, grab your picnic basket and hike down to Lester Pond where you can enjoy the new shelter and fishing dock.

The July Storywalk is ready to go at Woodland Mounds.  Walk along the trail and enjoy "Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t Rol...
07/01/2020

The July Storywalk is ready to go at Woodland Mounds. Walk along the trail and enjoy "Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t Roll written by Jay Miletsky and illustrated by Erin Wozniak. The story will remain on the trail until the end of the month.

Happy International Mud Day!Every year on June 29th, International Mud Day celebrations happen all over the world as a w...
06/29/2020

Happy International Mud Day!

Every year on June 29th, International Mud Day celebrations happen all over the world as a way to connect children to the Earth and soil, and discover the messy joy that is comes from playing in and with mud.

Share a photo of how you have celebrated Mud! (Even if it didn't happen on June 29th)

06/26/2020

Our staff spooked up a few little turkeys while in the tractor.

The Friends of Warren County Conservation auction of a non-resident Iowa deer tag is now live! Share with all your hunti...
06/26/2020
Iowa Non-Resident Deer Tag | eBay

The Friends of Warren County Conservation auction of a non-resident Iowa deer tag is now live! Share with all your hunting friends from out-of-state.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/264776683799

Hunt Whitetail Deer in Iowa. Deer hunters dream of hunting big, corn-fed whitetail bucks in Iowa. You can learn more here:Iowa DNR.

Check out this pair of mating insects. Do you know what type of insects they are? (*Hint, they were about the size of a ...
06/25/2020

Check out this pair of mating insects. Do you know what type of insects they are? (*Hint, they were about the size of a quarter.)

06/25/2020

This toad was just chilling in some cool rocks in the shade near the Annett Nature Center today. Check out it's neat camouflage pattern.

Toads are amphibians, and their skin needs to stay moist. That is why they are often found in the shade, burrowed down into the soil or rocks, or out at night!

Grab those garden gloves and head over to the FWCC Native Plant Sale this Saturday at the Annett Nature Center from 8AM ...
06/24/2020

Grab those garden gloves and head over to the FWCC Native Plant Sale this Saturday at the Annett Nature Center from 8AM to 2PM. Listed below are just a few plants that will be available for purchase.

Butterfly milkweed, marsh milkweed, prairie milkweed, common milkweed, purple prairie clover, pale purple coneflower, leadplant, compass plant, blue indigo, white indigo, cream indigo, smooth blue aster, New England Aster, wild quinine, white aster, smooth penstemon, large flowered beards tongue, blue vervain, purple coneflower, prairie dock, Maryland senna, sides-oats grama, prairie dropseed, and Culver's root. Quantities are limited.

Eric Reed, Brandi Hommer, and Kayley Reed wrapped up their 2020 Fish Geocaching Adventure this past weekend. Great job!
06/22/2020

Eric Reed, Brandi Hommer, and Kayley Reed wrapped up their 2020 Fish Geocaching Adventure this past weekend. Great job!

Do you remember the picture of the night hawk nest that a resident had found? We got an update, and one of the eggs has ...
06/18/2020

Do you remember the picture of the night hawk nest that a resident had found?

We got an update, and one of the eggs has hatched. Welcome little one!

It’s a great morning to bike the Great Western Trail. Have you ridden the trail? Visit our website at http://www.warrenc...
06/16/2020

It’s a great morning to bike the Great Western Trail. Have you ridden the trail? Visit our website at http://www.warrenccb.org for more information.

06/15/2020

Our new honeybees arrived at the Annett Nature Center and they have been busy gathering pollen.

06/15/2020

A hydro flask water bottle was found in the Annett Nature Center Parking lot on Friday, June 12. Please call and tell us the color and arrange for pick up.

06/14/2020

Learn about geocaching and our Warren County Fish Geocaching Adventure, and then go give it a try!

Welcome back to summer programs. The naturalists are gearing up for a few smaller group events in July. There will be so...
06/14/2020

Welcome back to summer programs. The naturalists are gearing up for a few smaller group events in July. There will be some new guidelines for participants so visit our website at www.warrenccb.org for all the details.

The FWCC Native Plant is back on for June 27 from 8AM to 2PM at the Annett Nature Center. Please visit our website for C...
06/12/2020

The FWCC Native Plant is back on for June 27 from 8AM to 2PM at the Annett Nature Center. Please visit our website for Covid-19 guidelines for this event. Hope to see you there. http://www.warrenccb.org

Have you ever noticed this on a plant? Curious about what it is? Well if you look close there is a spittlebug inside. Le...
06/11/2020

Have you ever noticed this on a plant? Curious about what it is? Well if you look close there is a spittlebug inside. Learn more about spittlebugs and leafhoppers in our upcoming Nature Bites and newsletter. Sign up at https://forms.gle/4Q2vmrbbxKVwuhfAA

Nighthawks can be commonly seen in the morning and evening flying in looping patterns. They feed on insects and are very...
06/05/2020

Nighthawks can be commonly seen in the morning and evening flying in looping patterns. They feed on insects and are very camouflaged. Thank you to a local resident for sharing these images and making sure the nest area is protected from vehicles.

Congratulations to Callie Hopper for winning the Nature Bracket Challenge! She won a little owl planter since the overal...
06/04/2020

Congratulations to Callie Hopper for winning the Nature Bracket Challenge! She won a little owl planter since the overall winner was the barred owl!

This snapping turtle wanted to come in and help out at the shop this morning!This is a good reminder that turtles are on...
06/03/2020

This snapping turtle wanted to come in and help out at the shop this morning!

This is a good reminder that turtles are on the move looking for places to lay their eggs. Often they have to cross roads to get to their nesting sites and back. Please look out for turtles on the roads!

Today only from 8AM to 8PM.
06/03/2020

Today only from 8AM to 8PM.

Stay cool...
06/02/2020

Stay cool...

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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
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(515) 961-6169

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Great day to be outside! We chatted with a Conservation gal that was placing geocache cards!
Did my 5k today still wanted to do it at Annette Nature Center. So why not, had a ton of sun and some good muddy trails. It felt good!
Nelmari Diederiks Smith and Jen Nutt doing our 5k at Gray’s Lake.
I sent a private message, but have not rec'd a response. I wonder if maybe it went into the "other" folder. Please let me know if I need to resend or call. Thanks!
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October 2019 We found a training controller to a dog collar in the parking area of Swallow Bend, the north parking. We are trying to find the owner. If readers can, please share this with anyone who maybe runs their dogs there, we'd really like to get it back to them. (I know this is the Annett Nature Center, but Swallow Bends page only has a couple of dozen followers)
If you get an opportunity to participate in a Forest Therapy Walk I highly encourage it!
Thank you for the stand up paddle boarding lesson today & all the laughs— you’re amazing!!!
Visited Iowa from Michigan and decided to stick around an extra day to complete your lovely Geocaching tree adventure. Luckily we finished before the ANC closed so we could get the final cache coordinates and finisher coin! Thanks for the tour of Warren County! We LOVED the suspension bridge and campgrounds at Grant Park :) We'll definitely be back another year to complete another series!