Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Category: Environment/Animals

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. 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.


Past Projects

  • 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!

$700 Raised of $5,000 goal
$0 $5,000
14 Donors
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

4500 Sioux River Road

(712) 258-0838

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