Woodlands Nature Station

Woodlands Nature Station
at Land Between the Lakes

Get up close and personal with the natural world at our environmental education attraction, Woodlands Nature Station. Nestled in the woods between Honker and Hematite Lakes, the Nature Station serves as a gateway to the 8,500-acre Nature Watch Area. The friendly staff also serves as our “go to” specialists for wildlife viewing throughout Land Between the Lakes.




Go Native with Nature!

Gaze into the eyes of a great horned owl, howl with a coyote, or watch for the elusive red wolf in our Backyard Exhibit Area. Then, explore with us during one of our many guided programs. Little ones will love special days such as Cool Critters Day, story time programs, and up-close animal encounters.

Adults can take part in programs on wildlife, gardening, and nature photography. Secretly, our adult visitors delight in our children’s programs — even ones without kids. Our naturalists make learning fun!

The Nature Station also rents canoes and kayaks from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Ask at the Nature Station front desk about rentals. Additionally, several scenic hiking trails embark from our Woodlands Nature Station. 

Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side

Our naturalists offer fun and educational programs to help you discover our native animals, wildlife habitats, native plants and gardens, and conservation efforts. Check out our calendar of events on this page, or call us to find out which animals, insects, plants, or habitat we will feature the day of your visit: 270-924-2299.

Did you know winter is peak eagle viewing season at Land Between the Lakes? Learn viewing tips from our naturalists:
Winter Eagle Viewing at Land Between the Lakes (PDF)

Staff and Guest Guided Tours

  • Sunset Canoe Trips | May-September
  • Kayak Tours |  May-October
  • Photo Tours | Throughout the year
  • Trail and Nature Watch Intros | Throughout the year

Volunteer with the Nature Station

The Forest Service partners with Friends of Land Between the Lakes to bring you the interpretive programs, wildlife care, and trained naturalists at the Nature Station. The Nature Station Gift Shop supports these efforts. To volunteer, call 270-924-2007. To find out more about our Friends Group and other volunteer opportunities, visit the Friends of Land Between the Lakes site.

Special Events 2022

April is Homeschoolers Month at Woodlands Nature Station 
April 29,  10am-3pm | Homeschoolers Day (PDF)
May 7- 8, 10am-4:30pm | Mother’s Day Weekend Wildflower & Native Plant Sale| Native Plant Instructions (PDF)
May 14, 10am-4:30pm | Migration Celebration: World Migratory Bird Day
May 28-30, 10am-4pm | River Days 

2022 Nature Station Webinar Series

May 11, 2-3pm | Homeschool Education: I Walked with Dinosaurs – Link to register for the event*
May 14, 2-3pm | Attracting Bluebirds – Link to register for the event*

*Registration is required for webinars. 

Nature Station Calendar of Events