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 40 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.