Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery, Junction City

#7 of 21 in Wildlife in Kansas
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
FREE. Located near beautiful Milford Reservoir in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the Milford Nature Center provides visitors with a better understanding of the natural communities of Kansas. At the center, visitors have the chance to see and touch native animal furs, print their own animals tracks, and use their sense of touch to identify natural mystery items. Dioramas line the halls, depicting an aquatic ...system with over 300 life-like fish, turtles, snakes, and insects and a terrestrial system showcasing wildlife from the prairies, marshes, and woods.

If you want to see living examples of Kansas wildlife, this is the place to visit! Live animal exhibits feature snakes, amphibians, turtles, lizards, prairie dogs, and many more. Outdoors is a large bird of prey exhibit featuring many native raptors including both a Bald Eagle and a Golden Eagle. Adjacent to the raptor cages is the bobcat display. Nature trails , the birdwatching wall, and a backyard habitat area can also be enjoyed on the center's grounds. The educational sites housed in these areas demonstrate how to attract birds, butterflies, and other animals to your backyard. The Butterfly House Exhibit is open from late May through early October (weather and butterflies permitting).

The Nature Playground has quickly become a favorite among visitors. This playground gives you a chance to slide through the belly of a snake or jump on the back of a spider. A picnic shelter can be found next to the playground area and is available on a first come, first serve basis.
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  • I was stationed at Fort Riley from 1969 - 1971 and 50 years later we are back for a visit. I always fished at Milford Lake so I drove out to the spillway area and discovered the Nature Center and...  more »
  • Outside of the nature center there is a live bald eagle and a golden feathered eagle on display together with a bobcat and several owls. Inside the nature center are various displays with live...  more »
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