Nature Center




Nature Encounter Center at the Willow Lake Recreation Area

Bring the family to see natural history displays, live animals including amphibians and reptiles or visit the touch and see table! There is a butterfly garden next to the nature center and a picnic area. The nature center and conservation classroom are open 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Conservation Education

Harrison County Conservation Board provides conservation education programs for all ages. The goals of conservation education is to ensure that people of all ages understand, appreciate, and care about our natural world by: 

  • Understand-to gain a basic understanding of ecological principles
  • Appreciate-to develop an appreciation of local natural resources
  • Care-to foster a lifetime connection with nature in order to make environmentally responsible choices

The Naturalist visits schools in the county every month and provides a wide range of programs to support curriculum and provide hands-on learning. Field trips to the Willow Lake Recreation Area are also offered. Public programs are offered throughout the year with special events including the Willow Lake Outdoor Day in the spring and Creepy Campground in the fall. Like HCCB's Facebook page for the latest news and upcoming conservation education programs!