Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Category: Environment/Animals

This Year's Project: Support The Animals!

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is located in the northwest corner of Sioux City in Stone State Park. Surrounded by over 1,000 acres of woodlands and loess hill prairies, it is the perfect setting for outdoor learning. Several miles of trails are available for hiking to enhance the experience. More than 55,000 people visit the Nature Center annually. The educational displays and hands-on exhibits help tell the story of the unique Loess Hills landform and the plants and animals found within this region.

Exhibits are funded and enhanced by grants and private donations. A Raptor House exhibits two birds of prey that are permanently injured. There is currently a Barred Owl and a Red-tailed Hawk in the outdoor facility. The birds are used for educational programs to teach others about raptor biology and adaptations. Other live animals on exhibit help us teach about the natural world. They include native snakes, box turtles, salamander, fish and honeybees.

Explore the natural world at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center!

Current Project: Support The Animals!


Help us care for the resident animals at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center! The donations would help with the maintenance of their enclosures, food and equipment for our educational programing. Some of the enclosures are in need of updating to ensure a long, healthy life for our animal residents.

The resident animals include two raptors, the Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl; snakes; box turtles; fish; honeybees; and salamander. These animals are used for public education to share their biology and unique adaptations to help them survive in Iowa’s climate.


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Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

4500 Sioux River Road

(712) 258-0838

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