This Year's Project: Support the Animals!
About Our Organization
The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is an award-winning facility in 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. 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.
Covid-19 has impacted our only special event fundraiser, Nature Calls. We are calling on you to assist with caring for our resident animals.
More than 55,000 people visit the Nature Center annually.
Stop out and Explore! Open 9am-4pm Tuesday - Saturday
Current Project: Support the Animals!
Help us care for the resident animals at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center!
Scout the Kestrel eats 2 mice per day
Harlan the Barred Owl eats 3 mice per day
Scarlet the Red-tailed Hawk eats 5 mice per day
Our 3 snakes eat a total of 10 mice per week
Each frozen mouse costs about $0.80 x 80 mice per week = $64.00 per week! = $3,300 per year
This does NOT include additional costs for our turtles, fish, bees and salamander.
The donations help with food, maintenance of their enclosures and equipment for educational programs. Some of the enclosures need updating to ensure a long, healthy life for our resident animals.
Our animals include three raptors: Scout the American Kestrel, Harlan the Barred Owl, Scarlet the Red-tailed Hawk; three snakes; four box turtles; fish; honeybees and a tiger salamander.
These animals are used for public education to share their biology and unique adaptations that help them survive in Iowa's climate.
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.
Nature Playscape Enhancements & Animal Sculptures
The Discovery Forest Nature Playscape and Loess Falls Water Feature are extremely popular program facets at the Nature Center. This natural play area allows children to climb, build, dig, play music and more. We would like add more musical and interactive features to enhance the learning experience. ~ Resonated Metallophones and Mallets ~ 15-Key Marimba and Mallets ~ Giant Tree Blocks Make learning larger than life with these realistic animal sculptures designed for climbing, sitting or just enjoyment. They will be placed outdoors on the Nature Center grounds. Made with an iron frame and finished with durable Epoxy Resin Clay. ~ Ornate Box Turtle (3 feet x 2.5 feet x 2.75’) ~ Gray Tree Frog (3 feet x 2 feet x 3 feet) ~ Bald Eagle Nestling Play Sculptures for giant Bald Eagle nest
Financial Results: Raised $1,635.96 Toward Their Goal of $7,000.00
We are making music outdoors! Three outdoor chimes were installed summer 2019 thanks to donors of 2018 Siouxland Big Give and private donors. Come out and play some music!