Getting back to nature for some folks can be a challenge. One can have a physical problem, or shortness of time which limits wandering the woods, prairies and dunes of Indiana.
In Tippecanoe County, there are some choices for folks.
Located in Battlefield Park, Battleground, Wabashika Nature Center (link) is nestled on the edge of a wooded bank overlooking Burnett’s Creek. For over 34 years, Wabashika has been manned by volunteers. It features a one-way window with a view of a feeding station for winged friends and other critters.It also contains interactive displays and has a large display of preserved animals and geologic samples.
Wabashika is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from mid-April to early November, family friendly and free. In an older building, space is limited and wheelchairs have difficulty accessing.
Lilly Nature Center is in Celery Bog Nature Area in West Lafayette (link). Also manned by volunteers, Lilly is state of the art. Interactive exhibits for kids, a feeding station viewing room and a research library are part of the facility. Many local nature groups, including many of the popular Wednesdays in the Wild, gather in the meeting room at LNC.
It is open year round (except holidays) Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m., family friendly, free. ADA accessible
Prophetstown State Park (link) Main Office, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Pending the building of a nature center at the park, the lobby of the main office contains interactive exhibits and animal mounts. There is no formal viewing window yet. Family friendly, free if accessed from SR 225, gate fee applies if accessed from the park. ADA accessible.
Observation decks: Wildcat Park has a deck overlooking the stream, no formal feeding area, but lots of bird activity. Fairfield Lakes has 2 wheelchair accessible concrete pads on one of the ponds. Trail 2 of Prophetstown State Park has an observation deck, not wheelchair accessible.