Family Nature Center
White River Garden

Family Nature Center

About the Family Nature Center

Nature is all around us — even in your own backyard.

What can you discover when you look at nature up close? Come find out in the Family Nature Center in White River Gardens. Designed for young nature enthusiasts and their families, the Family Nature Center highlights Indiana wildlife and its habitats. You will get your hands dirty, explore the White River Gardens in new ways and even meet some local animals up close, like a black kingsnake and eastern box turtle. Come play with us! It’s amazing how much there is to learn.

The Family Nature Center is included with Zoo admission. Check the schedule card (found in the Zoo’s map) for daily hours.

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Meet an Indiana native species
Eastern Hellbender

Sometimes lovingly referred to as “Snot Otters,” these slimy salamanders are the largest species of aquatic salamander in North America! Making their homes in rivers and streams, the hellbender stay almost exclusively under water, utilizing skin folds on the sides of their body that function like gills. Come visit our new hellbenders in the Family Nature Center in White River Gardens!

Buy tickets and see the botanical beauty!

The Family Nature Center is included with regular Zoo admission.