Operated by the Hutchinson Recreation Commission, Dillon Nature Center, located in the northeast corner of Hutchinson, is a designated National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary, a National Recreation Trail system, and a National Environmental Study Area designed to help visitors better understand, respect and appreciate the natural world.
The 100-acre site offers woods, prairie, marsh and ponds that attract hundreds of wildlife species. Trees, shrubs, vines, wild flowers and native grasses create a wild arboretum. There are three miles of trails, a fishing pond, picnic areas and gardens.
The visitor center has a solarium, natural science lab, Great Plains ecology displays and exhibits of small wildlife of central Kansas. Admission to the grounds and visitor center is free. Various programs such as owl prowls, canoeing and wildflower hikes are offered throughout the year for a nominal fee.