Nature Center

11942 FM 848
Tyler, TX 75707

Contact: Stacy Shepperd

Dates Open:

Phone: (903) 566-1626, ext. 211


The 82-acre Nature Center was developed from a former game bird hatchery into an ecological education center. A visitor's center, indoor and outdoor classrooms, wetlands, grasslands and ponds provide a natural setting for area birds and animals. The facility and surrounding lands are available for use by instructors or other outdoor enthusiasts. The Nature Center grounds hosts a year-round schedule of native plants and inhabitants for visitors to enjoy.


All visitors should utilize the front parking lot. During normal business hours, limited and handicap parking is available closer to the visitor's center building.

Please Note
  • Pets should be leashed.
  • Restroom facilities are available.
  • Water fountains are available but bring your own drinking container.
  • Insect repellant is advised.
  • Avoid poison ivy and fire ants.
  • Watch for venomous snakes.
  • Wheelchair access to the visitor's center is available.
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting places are available by reservation.
  • Overnight camping is not allowed.
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting places are available by reservation.
  • Groups of 10 or more people are encouraged to call prior to visit to schedule.
  • Fishing is only permitted during hosted events. To inquire about upcoming fishing events, contact Inland Fisheries, (903) 566-1615 x 200.