The Annett Nature Center is currently closed to the public. The ANC Park remains open for public use. See the WCCB homepage for details on COVID-19 impacts to WCCB facilities and programming.

ANC Bldg
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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, classrooms, 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.

Exhibit Hall

Features include miles of trails, prairie plantings, a butterfly garden, a wildlife viewing blind, an observation tower, fishing, a small reading/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 Annett Nature Center and Lester Davidson Memorial Pavilion are available for private rentals as the WCCB’s schedule allows. For information on fees and rules, or to see some of the available facilities, click here.

davison pavilionLocation:
15565 118th Ave
Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: (515) 961-6169
Fax: (515) 961-7100
Map Location

The Annett Nature Center is located five miles south of Indianola. Travel 4 miles south on Hwy 65/69 and look for the Annett Nature Center signs. From there turn west on G-58 to Lake Ahquabi and then turn north on 118th Ave. The ANC is on the east side of the road.

Park Hours:
Daily 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Building Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (March through October)
(Duties may require all staff to be away from the building on weekdays, please call ahead.)

ANC Brochure
ANC Trails Map