Annett Nature Center


Address: 15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125


Phone: (515) 961-6169

Building Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Sat-Sun Closed
(Duties may require all staff to be away from the building on weekdays, please call ahead.)

Park Hours

Daily 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


The Annett Nature Center is located just five miles south of Indianola. From Indianola head south on HWY 65/69 for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Nevada street for 1 mile. Turn left onto 118th Ave for half a mile. The Annett Nature Center will be located on your left.


Things to Do

We manage over 2,700 acres that are open for visitors to enjoy a variety
of year-round outdoor recreational activities.


Wildlife Viewing




Winter Activities



Park Packs


Forest Therapy Walk Shinrin-Yoku



The Annett Nature Center (ANC), opened in 1997, sits in the 160 acre ANC Park. The ANC rests on a hillside above a six acre pond and a ten acre wetland and is adjacent to Lake Ahquabi State Park. The nature center has three levels containing interpretive exhibits, a classroom, WCCB administrative offices and a community room. The ANC serves as the hub for conservation education programs and as the focal point for many school field trips and summer nature day camps.

See our Education Page for more information.

Features include miles of trails, prairie plantings, a butterfly garden, a wildlife viewing blind, an observation tower, fishing, a small bird watching room, a full kitchen, a classroom, large deck, interactive displays, and a small collection of local species of live animals. Built in 2013 and dedicated in 2014, the Lester Davison Memorial Pavilion added a large outdoor facility to the ANC Park. The Lester Davison Memorial Pavilion is available for private rentals as the WCCB’s schedule allows.

For more information on fees, rules and availability, click here.

Park Rules

What to Do and What Not to Do


Parks shall be closed during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

County Area

It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, remove, damage or deface any buildings, park equipment, plant life, trees, signs, structures or natural material found within the boundaries of the Annett Nature Center.

Motor Vehicles

All vehicles shall be confined to designated roadways and parking areas. No vehicle shall be left unattended on any county conservation area in such a manner as to obstruct traffic except in case of emergency.

Domesticated Animals

All privately owned domesticated animals shall be either carried, led by a leash or chain; kept confined in or attached to a vehicle by their owner(s) or kept under strict control of the owner. Horse riding shall be confined to vehicular roadways only.

Recreation Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles are not allowed in conservation areas. Speed limit for all motorized vehicles is 15 mph.


Fireworks and explosives are prohibited in this conservation area.

Disturbing The Peace

No person shall be guilty of an act that constitutes a breach of peace, or interferes with their visitors use or enjoyment of the county conservation areas.


All refuse must be placed in disposal cans provided or removed from the area when vacated by the user.


No camping allowed.


No fires allowed


No swimming allowed.


No hunting allowed.

State of Iowa

All laws of the State of Iowa not specifically mentioned here shall apply.