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

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Look “whooo” came to visit the Annett Nature Center. Staff often hear this barred owl, but we are lucky enough to see it...
12/22/2020

Look “whooo” came to visit the Annett Nature Center. Staff often hear this barred owl, but we are lucky enough to see it this morning.

12/22/2020
Carla
12/21/2020

Carla

Peek A Boo! Who can guess what Warren County Park this FWCC board member is standing in? Extra Credit- name the board member :)

12/21/2020

Join us tonight at 6pm for a quick facebook live about the winter solstice! We hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the solstice in their own way.

A glorious sunrise surrounding the Middleswart Lodge.
12/18/2020

A glorious sunrise surrounding the Middleswart Lodge.

12/11/2020

Thoughts and prayers to the family of Doyle Adams who recently passed away. Doyle was instrumental in establishing Warren County Conservation Board. He was a long time supporter of anything outdoor related and Friends of Warren County Conservation. Doyle was also involved on the state level. Your contributions will continue to benefit those who enjoy our parks and trails.

12/09/2020

We can’t wait to share our new water fountain and water bottle filler with everyone. COVID-19 has allowed us time to make updates at Annett Nature Center.

The suspense is over... the results are in we hid 194 candy canes along the trail at the candy cane hike!!! It’s been a ...
12/07/2020

The suspense is over... the results are in we hid 194 candy canes along the trail at the candy cane hike!!! It’s been a fun year with a six way tie for closest guess. So we had to do a little shopping. The winners are with a guess of 195- Michael Rothchild,Kinsley Davis, and Sharla Davis. With guesses of 193- Angie Palen, Maria Rosa Sanchez and Talea Davis. Our luck of drawer winner is Noah Collins. The winners will receive an email for pick up. Thank you all for participating in our hike.

Tonight’s sunset was stunning.
12/03/2020

Tonight’s sunset was stunning.

Have you seen the "Luck of the Draw" Pet Portrait fundraiser that runs through December 15th? For only $20 we'll draw yo...
12/02/2020

Have you seen the "Luck of the Draw" Pet Portrait fundraiser that runs through December 15th? For only $20 we'll draw your pet, or a friend's pet. Who knows, maybe it would make a fun Christmas present!

Check out a few of our comparisons below or go to our pinned post to view more. You can comment on the pinned post, or email us your pet pic at [email protected] after making a $20 donation towards our exhibit hall: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Anc

Just a few pictures from Saturday’s Make and Take Family Day. Participants went on a hike, learned about essential oils ...
11/18/2020

Just a few pictures from Saturday’s Make and Take Family Day. Participants went on a hike, learned about essential oils and made gifts for the holiday season.

#9 what does this log look like? Thanks Terry Brown for letting us share your photo.
11/17/2020

#9 what does this log look like? Thanks Terry Brown for letting us share your photo.

Ever wonder what animals live under the forest or what a Native American mound is? You can find the answers to these que...
11/14/2020

Ever wonder what animals live under the forest or what a Native American mound is? You can find the answers to these questions in our future exhibit. But, we need your support to make this happen. Donate today at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Anc

Who doesn't like to climb trees? Be a part of making this climbable tree and bald eagle nest replica become a part of th...
11/11/2020

Who doesn't like to climb trees? Be a part of making this climbable tree and bald eagle nest replica become a part of the Annett Nature Center. Donate today at http://www.mightycause.com/story/Anc

Rainy days=indoor projects... the entry way of the Annett Nature Center now has a large bison to greet you.
11/10/2020

Rainy days=indoor projects... the entry way of the Annett Nature Center now has a large bison to greet you.

Have you tried your luck with our "Luck of the Draw" fundraiser? What are you waiting for? Proceeds will benefit Phase I...
11/07/2020

Have you tried your luck with our "Luck of the Draw" fundraiser? What are you waiting for? Proceeds will benefit Phase I of the educational exhibit. Check out the life-size bison with "moveable tail" that will be featured in the exhibit. Donate today at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Anc

For those of you who are new to this, we have been posting different trees and asking you what they look like.  We have ...
11/06/2020

For those of you who are new to this, we have been posting different trees and asking you what they look like. We have enjoyed all your fun comments. Today we decided to go with #8 what does this rock look like?

11/04/2020

Staff are busy using the durapatcher to fill in cracks on the Great Western Trail.

"LUCK OF THE DRAW" FUNDRAISER We know you love your pets, and so do we. So we are hosting a "luck of the draw" fundraise...
11/03/2020

"LUCK OF THE DRAW" FUNDRAISER

We know you love your pets, and so do we. So we are hosting a "luck of the draw" fundraiser! Here's how it works: with your support of $20 we will draw your pet! (No pet? No problem! We can draw your favorite plant too!) Here is the "luck" part...some of us are pretty artistic, while others are not as much! You may get a super talented artist, or someone with skills more along the lines of a kiddo, it's the Luck of the Draw! Either way you get a fun pictures, and get to support future educational exhibits at the Annett Nature Center that everyone can enjoy!

TO SUBMIT PHOTOS:
Click on the link below to make a donation of $20 per photo (one pet per photo please!) Then post your pet's photo in the comments below, or email it to [email protected] if you prefer! Once we receive your donation, we will start working on your sketch and post it as a reply to your comment on Facebook.If you submit your photo via email, we will email your sketch.

We will accept submissions now through December 15, 2020 and complete your drawing as soon as possible but no later than December 20, 2020.

Donation Link: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Anc

Good morning Warren County... take time today to enjoy the sun.
10/28/2020

Good morning Warren County... take time today to enjoy the sun.

The new revised bison signs have been installed at the Annett Nature Center. At a later date a bison wallow will be crea...
10/28/2020

The new revised bison signs have been installed at the Annett Nature Center. At a later date a bison wallow will be created in the soil. Stop by and take a roll around.

10/26/2020

Here is a video of the river otter being released at Bank Swallow Bend.

This Monday morning started off with a surprise sighting of an otter running through Indianola! We have received a littl...
10/26/2020

This Monday morning started off with a surprise sighting of an otter running through Indianola!

We have received a little back story since this morning that apparently the little otter hitched a ride into town on someone's vehicle and must have been spotted shortly after that. It was a little scared and confused, but unharmed. It was released safely into Bank Swallow Bend so it would have access to the wetland as well as the river, whichever it should choose.

Happy trails little otter!

Woodland Mounds Bird Hike-It was a drizzly & chilly Thursday morning, but we found 32 species of birds. The fall color w...
10/24/2020

Woodland Mounds Bird Hike-
It was a drizzly & chilly Thursday morning, but we found 32 species of birds. The fall color was definitely showing off. A huge thank you to Kelly McKay for leading our hike.

Interested in birding, we have a few more programs scheduled visit www.warrenccb.org for more information. Funding for these programs is provided by a REAP-CEP grant.

Round #7 What do you think this tree looks like?
10/23/2020

Round #7 What do you think this tree looks like?

10/22/2020

Butterfly and pelican were flying around the Annett Nature Center Park, enjoying the Animals of Halloween self-led hike! What is your favorite way to enjoy the parks and trails?

**Remember, to be entered in a prize drawing, post a photo in the comments below or on the original post, of you at the hike. Add to the fun by wearing your Halloween costume.**

Spider webs and raindrops on a chilly day at Woodland Mounds.
10/22/2020

Spider webs and raindrops on a chilly day at Woodland Mounds.

A foggy morning sunrise from Annett Nature Center.
10/21/2020

A foggy morning sunrise from Annett Nature Center.

Key found on the Great Western Trail near Gear Street. Please call 515-961-6169 to pick up at Annett Nature Center.
10/20/2020

Key found on the Great Western Trail near Gear Street. Please call 515-961-6169 to pick up at Annett Nature Center.

Come on out to the Animals of Halloween Hike that began today at the Annett Nature Center! It starts at the edge of the ...
10/19/2020

Come on out to the Animals of Halloween Hike that began today at the Annett Nature Center! It starts at the edge of the butterfly garden and will be available until October 31st!

Enjoy the park, leaves, Halloween fun, and let your inner child out to play.

**To be entered in a prize drawing, post a photo in the comments below, of you at the hike. Add to the fun by wearing your Halloween costume.**

It was a great night for seed harvesting at Blue Flag Marsh last night! Thanks to those who came out to help and enjoy t...
10/18/2020

It was a great night for seed harvesting at Blue Flag Marsh last night! Thanks to those who came out to help and enjoy the beautiful sunset with us!

10/16/2020

How satisfying is this video? Who else loves doing a little unintentional seed harvesting when out on the trails? 🌾

10/13/2020

The Annett Nature Center trails are waiting. Come on out it’s a gorgeous fall day with perfect temps for hiking.

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15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA
50125

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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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Peek A Boo! Who can guess what Warren County Park this FWCC board member is standing in? Extra Credit- name the board member :)
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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!