Who We Are

Indian Creek Nature Center’s mission is to promote a more sustainable future by:

  • Nurturing individuals through environmental education
  • Providing leadership in land protection and restoration
  • Encouraging responsible interactions with nature

Our Vision

At Indian Creek Nature Center, we create champions of nature.

Connecting people to nature early and often breeds understanding and passion for the natural world. Those who are passionate about nature will work to protect it. Children who are immersed in nature early in life become the next generation of environmental stewards.

Everyone can be a Champion of Nature. Even YOU! 

In a world plagued by Nature Deficit Disorder, the opportunities that Indian Creek Nature Center provides for learning, growth and unstructured play in the outdoors are absolutely essential for people of all ages. The future of our natural environment lies in the hands of people who care deeply about nature. Indian Creek Nature Center fosters that connection.

For decades Indian Creek Nature Center has led in sustainable building and operations practices.

We were the first to install net-metered solar panels in the state. A solar panel system was installed on the Sugar House in 1993. Relocated to the barn a few years later, those panels have produced 25% of our electricity. Today, our solar field, as well as panels on our main building (Amazing Space) and Penningroth Barn produce 100% of the energy we use and then some.

This innovative history of sustainability continues at the Nature Center today and into the future.  In 2016, we built our headquarters: Amazing Space. Just three years later, Amazing Space earned the prestigious Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, recognizing it as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. Learn more about the certification and how Indian Creek Nature Center continues to lead by example in sustainability standards.

Our History

Our Beginnings

In 1849, two farms were established on land that would later become Indian Creek Nature Center. Nestled near the confluence of Indian Creek and the Cedar River, this land changed hands several times before Milo Wolfe purchased what is known today as the Bena Farm. The farm remained in the Wolfe family until 1899, when William Christle purchased it. For twenty years the Christle family owned the property, then sold it to Wencil and Carrie Bena on March 1, 1920. Carrie was William Christle’s daughter. The farm remained in the Bena family until it was sold to Indian Creek Nature Center in 1994.