In The Beginning and Beyond


In 1964 the Woodlawn Nature Council, a not-for-profit organization, was established by Dorothy Greenleaf Boyton to operate a nature park and center on 10 acres of forest land. The council erected and dedicated a building in 1965 for the Nature Center. The land and building were then donated to the City of Elkhart as a park property. The property is leased from the City by Woodlawn Nature Council, Inc.


The purpose of Woodlawn Nature Center is to maintain a woodland park as sanctuary for local flora and fauna and to provide educational opportunities to anyone interested in nature.WNC is a totally volunteer operated facility under governance of the Woodlawn Nature Council, Inc.

The Mission of Woodlawn Nature Center is to Reconnect People with Nature, Natural History, and the Environment.


As a part of the Elkhart community for 55 years, WNC provides a Haven With-In the City. Woodland trails offer opportunity for educational, leisurely, or fitness walks. Other outdoor areas include picnic facilities and nature play areas. The center is a natural history and education center that can also be reserved by members for meetings, events, parties, and such.

The Woodlawn Nature Council holds monthly board meetings on the 1st Wednesday at 6:00 pm

Meetings take place at the Nature Center or Via Zoom


Members and other folks interested in attending are welcome

Pleasse contact us to confirm the meeting date, time, and manner of meeting, if you wish to attend


Anyone wishing to address the board should contact us prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda