Dillon Nature Center

3002 East 30th Avenue

Surround yourself with the beauty of the great outdoors on this100-acre "wild arboretum" designated as a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover more than 300 species of woody plants, hundreds of varieties of wildflowers and native grasses, 200 species of birds, and a large variety of other wildlife along three miles of National Recreation trails.
There's a spring-fed pond stocked for fishing, and areas for a relaxing family picnic. The Visitor Center features interactive exhibits, a meeting room, natural science classroom, nature library, observation deck, and gift shop. Beautiful flower gardens and outdoor sculptures surround the Visitor Center.
The Nature Center also features a NEW children's playscape area (completed in Spring 2012) where young children and their families are invited to create, explore, and get hands-on with the beautiful nature surroundings. The Jim Smith Family Playscape was created thanks to a grant from the United Health Ministries Fund and several donors and volunteers.


Boobie Kay

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

I took an arts and crafts class here and it was great. But what I really enjoyed was bringing my grandson back Weeks Later to check out the pond in the play area for the children. This place is wonderful outdoor entertainment for children who have a difficult time paying attention to certain things. The outdoors the birds the water is so much better for children than video games and televisions and electronics at least it seems to be for some of us. Lovely place we really enjoyed the chimes in the play area and seeing the snails and leeches and Minnows and tadpoles and frogs and fish and turtles and ducks.

Jessica Mounts

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

A beautiful spot to enjoy the walking trails and serenity of nature in the city. An outdoor kids area for hands-on nature learning as well as the indoor displays make this a perfect place to bring your family.

Karin Livingstone

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Beautiful gem in Hutchinson. Family-friendly. You should definitely check this out.

Marcia Harris

Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

This is a very nice park. There are places for picnics, hikes, fishing and a kids play area. Weddings would be beautiful here. The exhibits in the exploration building are very well done and educational.

Mg Pettet

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Nice place to let my grandson play. Love the landscaping and statuary.