Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Des Moines, Iowa

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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to experience nature indoors (and outdoors), with a variety of plants and gardens in their dome-shaped building. There are gardens outside as well, with short dirt paths to explore. Each time we have visited there has been at least one display with hands on materials for kids, and they love looking at the koi fish and all the different plants! It is a great place to play “I Spy” as well.

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Annett Nature Center – Indianola, Iowa

Annett Nature Center indianola, iowaAnnett Nature Center is next to Lake Ahquabi State Park; the three floor nature center is a popular field trip destination, with interactive displays and a small collection of live animals. Outside there is a wildlife viewing blind, trails, a butterfly garden, and observation deck. Please call ahead if you plan on going inside the nature center (as opposed to just hiking outside) because hours may vary depending on the staff.

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