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Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Annett Nature Center and Park
Both Lester Pond and the wetland on site are great for canoeing and kayaking.  Together there is over 18 acres of water to explore!
Education Education at Annett Nature Center and Park
Education at the Annett Nature Center
The Annett Nature Center serves as the hub for Warren County Conservation Board activities. It provides a one-of-a-kiind learning experience to thousands of people.  Hundreds of acres surrounding the Center are rich in a variety of resources, featuring miles of trails, 30' observation tower, Osprey Reintroduction site, fishing, prairie plantings, a butterfly garden, a bird blind and wetland.  The Center serves as the focal point for many school field trips and the WCCB Day Camps.  Highlights of the Center include displays on two levels, and a  small bird viewing room. The Center has a full time education staff of 2 naturalists.
Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Annett Nature Center and Park
The Annett Nature Center s available for private use as the WCCB schedule allows.  The rental includes a full kitchen with serving window into a 25' x 41' open room, a 16' x 16' lobby, coat room and restroom facilities indoors, a 48' x 40' desk off of the open room, and spacious grounds surrounding the building.  Parking for at least 43 vehicles is available and the facility is fully accessible to the handicapped.  Display areas may be abailable for rental under certain conditions.  Pleas ask for details.   Room capacities for fire code purposes is: 146 for main room and 37 for the lobby. The WCCB also has two smaill grills ($15 each) and one very large grill ($45) available for rent.  Ask for details. Details are available from the WCCB office.
Fishing Fishing at Annett Nature Center and Park
Lester Pond provides great year round fishing opportunities for anglers. The pond is known for good large mouth bass fishing, as well as decent populations of pan fish and catfish.

Please abide by DNR fishing regulations and local length and limits as they pertain to certain species. For additional information, please visit the IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES website.
Other Activities Other Activities at Annett Nature Center and Park
Visiting an EarthCache site is a great way to learn more about our wonderful world. It can take you to many places that you would not normally visit, and teach you about why those places are special or unique. EarthCache sites can also teach you and your family important skills such as navigation and map reading. What better way to learn than to have fun exploring on this wonderful planet we call Earth! Log on to geocaching.com to find two earthcaches here!
Picnicking Picnicking at Annett Nature Center and Park
Several areas are available for picnicking at the Annett Nature Center.  There are picnic tables scattered along the lawn with beautiful views of the prairie and park.  There is also a shaded picnic area by the wetland.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Annett Nature Center and Park
This 160-acre park sports nearly 7 miles of diverse hiking trails through rolling hills of prairie, woodland stream valleys and lake and wetland loops. and stream valleys. The trails are interconnected to provide a network of trail throughout the park.  
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Annett Nature Center and Park
With necessary winter conditions (sufficient snow, cold temperatures, etc.) the Annett Nature Center is a winter playground of sorts! Our miles of trails are great for exploring by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.  Lester Pond for ice-fishing and nature center rentals also make for great outdoor winter fun and recreational opportunities.
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