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 Hours

    Inside activity is currently limited for the safety of our visitors

    Outdoor programs will be as scheduled

    Experience Woodlawn Fridays: Noon - 4 pm

    Woodlawn Nature Center

    604 Woodlawn Ave

    Elkhart IN 46514


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