Oakland Mills Nature Center

Conservation Through Education

OPEN: Saturdays and Sundays, 1PM -5PM, mid-April through mid-October, ​or by appointment

For a day of family entertainment at its best, make tracks for the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park. Our nature center is different than most. This is the place to learn what the rest of the park has to offer.

Learn about the Skunk River Valley and the varieties of plants and animals in this area. Discover how each species of wildlife interacts with its habitat, and test your knowledge of nature by experiencing the exhibits. Whether they test your sense of touch or your knowledge of the weather, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much these exhibits can teach you.

When you feel ready to practice what was learned, step outside to experience it all first hand throughout the park. Come discover wildlife such as raccoons, deer, hawks, owls, squirrels, and many others in their natural habitat.

In addition to wildlife, you may observe or participate in various other activities on the grounds such as trailer or tent camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, admiring the spillway, or hiking the nature trails.

Hope to see you soon with your walking shoes, camera, and your sense of adventure for a full day of excitement at the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Park.


The Oakland Mills Nature Center is located in Oakland Mills Park, Top-of-Hill Recreation Area.

2591 Nature Center Drive

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641


Live Animal Display: OPEN YEAR-ROUND

Oakland Mills County Park is home to ​several raptors that have permanent wing injuries which prevent them from being released back into the wild. All of these birds will be available for live programs on or off-site.

Located in the outdoor classroom, there are two red-tailed hawks, a rough-legged hawk, ​and two barred owls.

The Oakland Mills outdoor classroom also home to a red fox! This vixen was severely burned at two and a half months old and has been through extensive rehabilitation but is now able to accept visitors.

With the help of all of our sponsors, we are able to take care of these ​animals. In return for sponsorships, each sponsor's name is printed on signs at the display cages and are recognized at ​live programs involving these animals. All gift amounts are accepted. For more information, contact Henry County Conservation Department's Naturalist, Cari Nicely at 319-986-5067.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Nature Center Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1PM - 5PM, mid-April through mid-October or by appointment. Contact the Conservation Department Offices to schedule an appointment.