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.

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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 will not be renting  canoes and kayaks for the 2022 season. You can rent them at Energy Lake Campground. Guided will continue for the season. 

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

October 1-7 | Wolf Week: A Howlin’ Good Fall Break

October 8-9, 10am-4pm | Kids Wooly Bear Weekend 

October 9, 6-8pm | Ghosts & Goblins Mystery Van Tour
reservation and deposit required 270-924-2020

October 22, 10am-4pm | Howl-O-Ween: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Flyer (PDF)

October 29, 6-8pm | Ghosts & Goblins Mystery Van Tour
reservation and deposit required 270-924-2020

November 5, 10am-4pm | Fall Fest 

November 12, 10am-4pm | Paleontology Day

November 19, 10am-3pm | Cub Scout Day: Plants and Animals

November 26, 1:30-4:30pm | First Chance Eagle Viewing Van Tour
reservations and deposit required 270-924-2020

November 27, 1:30-4:30pm | First Chance Eagle Viewing Van Tour
reservations and deposit required 270-924-2020

December 3, 1-4:30pm | Eagle Viewing Van Tour
reservations and deposit required 270-924-2020

December 17, 6:15am-1:30pm | Audubon Christmas Bird Count
volunteers can sign up by calling 270-924-2299

 

Nature Station Calendar of Events