The Lime Creek Nature Center opened in 1984 as a conservation education facility serving North Iowa. It was funded exclusively by donations from private citizens, businesses, organizations, and foundations. The nature center programs are not tax funded; we rely on memberships and donations to continue our mission.

Enjoy a five-mile trail run among the beautiful fall colors of the Lime Creek Nature Center. This event is for everyone from those who enjoy competing against others to those who just want to take a leisurely jog for some great scenery and exercise. Download a registration form here (Registration) or call 641-423-5309 to request one. Entry fee is $25 which includes a long-sleeve tech shirt if registered by September 28; $30 and no shirt race-day entry. For a map of the course click here (Map.)

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Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!

Monarch butterflies, bees, and other pollinator species need our help! Find out how to create a backyard garden for these creatures at our brand new website:

Check out our new Smart Trail!

Come to Lime Creek and learn more about what you see while you’re exploring! We have placed 20 Quick Response (QR) codes along our trails! Scan the codes with a free QR Reader App on your smart phone and let the app do the work for you. You will be linked to informative videos and pictures about where you are standing! Click the following link for the QR code map. Enjoy your next adventure at Lime Creek! QR Code Map

Here’s what you’ll find INSIDE the Nature Center:

  • Mounted Animals!
  • Live Animals!
  • Hands-on Materials!
  • Conservation Board staff offices!
  • An Auditorium!
  • Natural Resource Displays!
  • A Natural Resource Library!

We Have Environmental Programs for:

  • Preschools
  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Home Schools
  • Colleges
  • Daycares
  • Service Groups
  • Youth Groups
  • Nursing Homes
  • Scout Groups
  • Seniors
  • Toddlers
  • The Public


JUNIOR (14 and under) $5.00
FAMILY$35.00 & UP
PATRON$100.00 & UP
BUSINESS$200.00 & UP
Yearly benefits include: quarterly newsletter, 10% discount at the nature center gift shop, reduced fees for select programs, voting rights at annual meeting held in September.

Nature Center Hours:

Mon-Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sat 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sun 1:00pm to 4:00pm

NO admission fee!!!


Memberships are Vital!