WOW, What an Awesome Job!

Our Bush Honeysuckle eradication day on Saturday, November 15 was a great success!  A bout 40 hard-core people showed up to brave the less-than-ideal weather and clear the invasive plants from two different sections of the park.  They got so much removed that in one spot it doesn't even look like the same trail!  We encourage you to visit and check out their handiwork, and we're sending out a big thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!  With your help, eventually we will be able to get rid of all of the invasives in the park, and keep it friendly for all our native trees, wildflowers, and wildlife.  Stay tuned for info on our next eradication day!

Welcome to the Nature Center's Website!

Located on the east side of Terre Haute, Indiana, Dobbs Park is a unique city park which includes a Nature Center, a Native American Museum with an heirloom garden, a 3 acre pond, a restored prairie, a butterfly garden (under construction), and three miles of trails which take you past a restored wetlands, through pine woods, old growth and second growth forest, and a 25 acre State Nature Preserve.


Inside the Nature Center

Dobbs Park Nature Center opened in 1976, and has been daily welcoming visitors of all ages ever since.  We have a variety of native wildlife on display in the Nature Center, where you can get an up-close look at some of the animals that share our state!  We also have educational displays on cool topics such as plants, wildlife, tracking, the environment, and the universe.
Nature Center, Museum, and Park Hours

The Touch Table

We believe kids learn best by experiencing nature, so we give them plenty of opportunities to see, hear, touch, and smell nature.  Our touch table includes feathers, bones, antlers, plant parts, shells, and other natural items, which we encourage kids (and grown-ups) to investigate.


Wildlife Viewing Area

There are lots of fascinating visitors to see all year round in our Wildlife Viewing Area, just behind the Nature Center.  We put seeds and corn out each morning for our animal friends, so you can relax on the benches and watch them through our one-way glass.  We often have a variety of feeder birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons.  Occasional visitors include deer, groundhogs, opossums, fox, owls, and hawks. 


Junior Naturalist Program

Any park visitor from the age of seven years and up may participate in the Junior Naturalist Program.  Activities include volunteering for park service (2 hours), completing a Nature Project, attending three (3) naturlist-led activities (Saturday programs), learning plant and animal identification (10 or more species), and an observation project.  For more details, click here.

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