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.

    Natural History Museum & Educational Activity Center Hours

    Fridays 2:30 - 5:00 pm

    Saturdays Noon - 4:00 pm

    Sundays Noon - 4:00 pm

    Woodlawn Nature Center

    604 Woodlawn Ave

    Elkhart IN 46514


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