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Nature Center

Phone: (903) 566-1626
11942 FM 848
Tyler, TX 75707

Contact: Larry Lebeau

Dates Open: Open year round for weekday use, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm except for state holidays and special events. Contact the Nature Center for possible weekend use.


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 provides 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.

Please note:
  • The brochure Nature Trails of the Nature Centermedia download(PDF 1.9 MB) is a guide to the trails of the East Texas Ecological Education Center at Tyler.
  • Restroom facilities are available.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Insect repellant is advised for mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers and avoid poison ivy and fire ants.
  • Watch for poisonous snakes.
  • There is wheelchair access to the visitor's center.
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting places are available.