Annett Nature Center – Indianola, Iowa

Annett 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 an 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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Name: Annett Nature Center
Address: 15565 118th Ave Indianola, IA 50125
Type: Places to hike
Bathrooms: Yes (only when the nature center is open)
Shade: Trails are relatively sunny
Playground: No
Trails: Yes, grass/dirt
Water: Yes, pond(s)
Other notes: Prairie plantings, butterfly garden, viewing blind, observation tower, fishing, interactive displays, and live animals (last two inside only). The center and pavilion can be rented. The nature center has an elevator. The two main exhibition spaces are separated by a flight of stairs – so if you have a big group of young kids, it might be stressful.
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Annett Nature Center – Indianola, Iowa

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