Dillon Nature Center
Hutchinson, KS 67502
Phone: (620) 663-7411
This 100-acre "wild arboretum" and one of the 8 Wonders of Reno County overflows with thrills for nature lovers. Discover more than 300 species of woody plants, hundreds of varieties of birds, and a large variety of other wildlife along three miles of National Recreation trails. DNC is one of the favorite places for locals to take keepsake photos or have an outdoor picnic. It also includes a spring-fed pond stocked with fish, surrounded by beautiful flower gardens and outdoor sculptures. A natural playscape area for children allows young ones to play freely, use their imaginations to build structures, make art and music, as well as learn about wild birds and gardening. The Nature Center's Visitors Center (free admission) features newly renovated and interactive exhibits (Sept. 2014), a meeting room, natural science classroom, nature library, observation deck, and the Wild Things Gift Shop.
Guided tours are available throughout the year, as are school groups.
Open daily (trails and grounds) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-sunset; Weekends & Holidays, 9 a.m.-sunset