Nature Discovery Center
The Nature Discovery Center includes the four-acre Russ Pitman Park and the free Discovery Rooms full of live animals, specimens, and hands-on exhibits housed in the historic Henshaw House. The park’s mix of prairie grasses, tall pecans, native understory and wide lawns is home to a variety of animals, from butterflies and beetles to squirrels and birds. During spring and fall migration seasons, over 80 species of warblers, vireos, orioles and more stop in for food, rest and water – giving us a great opportunity to see and photograph them.
In addition to the resident wild animals, there is a rabbit hutch and a bob white quail cage near the Henshaw House, and an aviary with doves and pigeons near the fountain. Nature Discovery Center Staff believe a personal connection to nature is an essential part of life. The Nature Discovery Center’s interactive, hands-on approach to learning is designed to nurture the inquiring mind, awaken children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder, and spark interest in the study of nature and science.
The Center offers nature based programs for children, families, adults and schools year round, including: classes and camps, nature walks, story time, birthday parties, field trips, outreach presentations, teacher training, gardening and birding opportunities, summertime family nature nights, and family-friendly special events like Spring Fling and Pumpkin Patch.
Come on over, enjoy the park, and see what we have to offer you and your family or community group!