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

12/24/2021
Nature is full of art! Check out this paper wasp nest found at Grant Park.
12/22/2021

Nature is full of art! Check out this paper wasp nest found at Grant Park.

Can you help the Warren County Attorney’s office reach their goal for a recycled bench?
12/20/2021

Can you help the Warren County Attorney’s office reach their goal for a recycled bench?

We are at 175.66 pounds of plastic!! Our goal is 500 pounds by March to earn a free bench for the Justice Center lawn. Bring us your plastic!!! Drop off at the Warren County Attorney's Office. Thank you!

It’s starting to look and feel like winter. But, don’t let that discourage you from getting outside. Grab a hat,gloves, ...
12/20/2021

It’s starting to look and feel like winter. But, don’t let that discourage you from getting outside. Grab a hat,gloves, and go explore your parks and trails. You never know what you might discover.

Did you attend 6 or more events through Warren County Conservation in 2021? You are eligible for a constellation prize! ...
12/19/2021

Did you attend 6 or more events through Warren County Conservation in 2021? You are eligible for a constellation prize! This year we have these great constellation mugs as our prize.

Call or email us to submit your events calendar from 2021. 515-961-6169 or email [email protected]

Did you attend 6 or more events through Warren County Conservation in 2021? You are eligible for a constellation prize! This year we have these great constellation mugs as our prize.

Call or email us to submit your events calendar from 2021. 515-961-6169 or email [email protected]

12/17/2021

Thanks to the MidAmerican Energy crews for all their hard work. Annett Nature Center and our offices now have power.

What does this tree out at Woodland Mounds resemble to you?This particular tree is one of many that are like old friends...
12/17/2021

What does this tree out at Woodland Mounds resemble to you?

This particular tree is one of many that are like old friends to our staff members and catch our attention every time we're at the park! Staff answer will be in the comments!

12/16/2021

Due to last nights high winds and storms we are currently without power, internet, or phones at our office. Crews wil be accessing trails and parks today for damage. Thank you for your patience.

12/15/2021

It's a windy one out here at Annett Nature Center. If you are out enjoying the beautiful 70 degree weather, we encourage you to be aware of your surroundings and use extreme caution in or around tree covered areas. #windy #NatureIsPowerful

Views from the trails at Annett Nature Center.
12/11/2021

Views from the trails at Annett Nature Center.

This cattail is looking a little frazzled this holiday season. Anyone else know the feeling?
12/10/2021

This cattail is looking a little frazzled this holiday season. Anyone else know the feeling?

This cattail is looking a little frazzled this holiday season. Anyone else know the feeling?

Congratulations!!! Erin Lullmann & Naiah Davis you both guessed the correct number of candy canes hidden on our trail. T...
12/07/2021

Congratulations!!! Erin Lullmann & Naiah Davis you both guessed the correct number of candy canes hidden on our trail. There were 213 candy canes!! Congratulations to Lydia Hotchkiss the winner of our random drawing. Thank you to all those who joined us on such a beautiful day. Winners check your email for pick up.

We were left behind after the candy cane hike. Please call 515-961-6169 and we can leave your item in our drop box for p...
12/06/2021

We were left behind after the candy cane hike. Please call 515-961-6169 and we can leave your item in our drop box for pick up.

We were left behind after the candy cane hike. Please call 515-961-6169 and we can leave your item in our drop box for pick up.

Did you know today is National Play Outside Day? Share your favorite way to play outside!
12/04/2021

Did you know today is National Play Outside Day?

Share your favorite way to play outside!

Did you know today is National Play Outside Day?

Share your favorite way to play outside!

Sunrise coffee with a view! What a great way to kick off your Friday!! Get outside and enjoy your day! #HappyFriday #Nat...
12/03/2021

Sunrise coffee with a view! What a great way to kick off your Friday!! Get outside and enjoy your day! #HappyFriday #Nature

Sunrise coffee with a view! What a great way to kick off your Friday!! Get outside and enjoy your day! #HappyFriday #Nature

Check out the size of this sycamore leaf we found! (Sharpie for scale) These nice temperatures are the perfect time to p...
12/03/2021

Check out the size of this sycamore leaf we found! (Sharpie for scale) These nice temperatures are the perfect time to play in the crunchy fall leaves. Lets see those neat leaf pictures!

Check out the size of this sycamore leaf we found! (Sharpie for scale) These nice temperatures are the perfect time to play in the crunchy fall leaves. Lets see those neat leaf pictures!

What a great day to explore your Warren County Parks and Trails.
12/01/2021

What a great day to explore your Warren County Parks and Trails.

Thank you Keisha from 1 Oak One of a Kind for presenting the plant propagation program. Participants learned about vario...
12/01/2021

Thank you Keisha from 1 Oak One of a Kind for presenting the plant propagation program. Participants learned about various plants, how to propagate them and went home with lots of baby plants. 🌱 🪴

11/24/2021

Turkey trot at the Annett Nature Center. If you listen carefully you can hear them call a few times.

Emerson 2nd graders learned about bison biology and how different parts were used for clothing, tools, utensils, and so ...
11/23/2021

Emerson 2nd graders learned about bison biology and how different parts were used for clothing, tools, utensils, and so much more.

11/18/2021

Sneak Peak:
Vendors are busy setting up for the Fall Nature Market in the Middleswart Lodge.

Come see them (and us) between 5 and 8 tonight!

11/18/2021

See you tonight, 5-8pm for the Fall Nature Market at the Middleswart Lodge!
Shop and support local, no entry fee!

Thanks Jason!
11/18/2021

Thanks Jason!

Amazing sunset at the Middleswart Lodge. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow evening for our Fall Nature Market from 5pm-8p...
11/17/2021

Amazing sunset at the Middleswart Lodge. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow evening for our Fall Nature Market from 5pm-8pm.

Amazing sunset at the Middleswart Lodge. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow evening for our Fall Nature Market from 5pm-8pm.

If you came out to Saturday’s event and forgot your ornament stop by Monday - Friday 8-4:30pm to pick them up. Below are...
11/14/2021

If you came out to Saturday’s event and forgot your ornament stop by Monday - Friday 8-4:30pm to pick them up. Below are the ones left behind.

If you came out to Saturday’s event and forgot your ornament stop by Monday - Friday 8-4:30pm to pick them up. Below are the ones left behind.

Thanks for joining us for the make and take family day on Saturday.
11/14/2021

Thanks for joining us for the make and take family day on Saturday.

Need a break from the holiday stress? Get your hands a little dirty planting while learning about plant propagation.  ww...
11/13/2021

Need a break from the holiday stress? Get your hands a little dirty planting while learning about plant propagation. www.1oakiowa.com/events

Need a break from the holiday stress? Get your hands a little dirty planting while learning about plant propagation. www.1oakiowa.com/events

11/13/2021

Irving 2nd learned about decomposition this week and did some hands on exploring of a decomposing log. Here are some of their log friends. How many critters can you spot?

11/11/2021

WCCB offices and the Annett Nature Center will be closed November 11,2021 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Staff and WCCB & FWCC board members have been busy this week planting trees along the Great Western Trail. Awesome job!!
11/11/2021

Staff and WCCB & FWCC board members have been busy this week planting trees along the Great Western Trail. Awesome job!!

Our painting tonight started with a circle for the moon and turned into some wonderful pieces of art. Thank you Justine ...
11/10/2021

Our painting tonight started with a circle for the moon and turned into some wonderful pieces of art. Thank you Justine and Andrea from Painting with a Twist. Please feel free to share your photos in the comments and show off these masterpieces.

What a gorgeous sunset at Annett Nature Center this evening. We would love to see your fall sunset photos in the comment...
11/09/2021

What a gorgeous sunset at Annett Nature Center this evening. We would love to see your fall sunset photos in the comment section.

What a gorgeous sunset at Annett Nature Center this evening. We would love to see your fall sunset photos in the comment section.

11/08/2021

• propagation workshop •

Spots are filling up for the Propagation Workshop at the Annett Nature Center on Tuesday, November 30th at 7pm!
It’s only $20 - with a portion going back to educational programs!
Guests will leave with propagation art like this, numerous plant babies, and knowledge on different ways to propagate!
To register, visit 1oakiowa.com/events.

Address

15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA
50125

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Telephone

(515) 961-6169

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Checked out Zo-el Annett Woods State Area today in Warren County. A really short trail (
How can the Warren County conservation board now be requiring individual parties to pay liability insurance that they have to obtain on our own to rent out Annette Nature Center? Citizens already pay a hidden liability insurance fee when we pay the fee to rent the building. That is the case with all public properties used by organizations, For example, if a little league baseball team wants to practice on a public ball diamond, they can do so once they've paid the fees to the city rec. office to be a recognized baseball team. Those fees, along with public monies, pay for the cost of the physical property and liability insurance which is VERY hefty. By extension, folks should have to provide their own liability insurance before they are allowed to swim in Aquabi (once it's filled up again.) Insanity!
• propagation workshop • Spots are filling up for the Propagation Workshop at the Annett Nature Center on Tuesday, November 30th at 7pm! It’s only $20 - with a portion going back to educational programs! Guests will leave with propagation art like this, numerous plant babies, and knowledge on different ways to propagate! To register, visit 1oakiowa.com/events.
• succulent pumpkins • Just checking in....how are your succulent pumpkins doing? I made this beauty the other day! I have a few more specialty pumpkins I can do custom! LMK if you need one! I will also have some at Pamela's Place next week and at the Warren County Conservation Nature Market in November!
Some of our favorite photos from the 2021 season taken at Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center by Converging Photography!
One of my favorite sounds is how the Cottonwood leaves seem to "talk" on the wind. How would you describe this auditory sensation?
A beautiful autumn walk on the prairie.
• up next • That was a busy two weeks for 1 OAK...next up: Pleasantville Farmers Market Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:00 pm (Beef, plants, dried grasses, fall decor, succulent pumpkins) Mistletoe Market Small Business Saturday Nov. 28th 10am - 5pm The Cottage Indianola Propagation Workshop Tuesday, November 30th 7pm Annett Nature Center Indianola Shop 1 OAK at Pamela's Place Thursdays 10-6 Fridays 10-5 Saturdays 10-2 More pop-ups and events to be added! You can shop 1 OAK online anytime! www.1oakiowa.com
That is a wrap! The 2021 Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge is complete + all winners have been notified by email 💚 Each year you all amaze me with how much you show up! It was another breaking year full of families getting outdoors and exploring all of the amazing parks central Iowa has to offer. I appreciate your support + feedback. I am already planning big things for 2022 thanks to all your comments + suggestions. Take a look at the list of winners here: https://outdoorfun.desmoinesparent.com/central-iowa-trek-the-parks-challenge/ HUGE shout out to all of this year's sponsors including Active Endeavors, Polk County Conservation, Helps Homestead, Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center, The Brenton Arboretum, Valley Community Center, and Muddy Boots Forest Camp.
Lots of creative, musical fun was happening this morning at the Children’s Garden in Buxton Park! Thank you to our friends at Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center for sharing their “Insect Symphony” program! 🐜 🎶😊
Join us at Warren County Conservation and Annett Nature Center (the pic is the view!) this Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 for a Make & Take spice blending class! It’s $10. There are a few spots left, and it’s going to be fuuuuuhn! Read about the class and sign up here! https://www.warrenccb.org/events/spice-blends-with-saltlickers/
I loved the retirement article by Mr. David Youngblut. Happy retirement, God bless, and thank you for your 37 years spent helping make the park the wonderful place we love to enjoy!