"This (Hitchcock Nature Center) is a flagship nature center. It is everything a nature center should be"
- Charity Krueger, Executive Director at Aullwood Audubon Nature Center and Farm in Dayton, Ohio.
Mission: The Hitchcock Nature Center exists to develop and foster appreciation and understanding of the Loess Hills as a globally significant landform through land management, environmental education and low-impact recreation.
Acquired by Pottawattamie County in 1991, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1,268 acres located in the heart of the globally significant Loess Hills. The Loess Hills harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Hitchcock is open every day of the year for hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, snow sledding, star gazing, or simply enjoying nature.
Hitchcock Nature Center Trails Map
Hitchcock Nature Center is also the headquarters of two county-wide conservation programs:
Environmental Education and Natural Areas Management.
Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Phone: (712) 545-3283
Directions: From Interstate I-29 take the Crescent exit and travel east to The Old Lincoln Highway. Hitchcock Nature Center is located 5 miles north of Crescent off of The Old Lincoln Highway.
Park Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Park Admission: $2.00 per vehicle per day or $10.00 annual permit
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"Beyond the sheer physical beauty of the place, there is a very family feel to Hitchcock. The entire staff is so friendly and accomodating, and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome--like you're part of that family. When we go there, it feels like home.” –Stephanie Strine-Price, Pottawattamie County Resident