Thurston Nature Center
The 23.96-acre nature area has an 8.4-acre shallow pond, an oak-hickory woodlot, a vernal pond, a small area planted with prairie species, and other areas with grass or trees and shrubs and flowers. Common birds around the pond include great blue herons, egrets, mallards, and Canada geese. The pond is home to many painted turtles, a few large snapping turtles, and muskrats. Racoons and skunks are seen in the area. The fish community contains few predators; small bluegills, black bullheads, carp and goldfish are present, along with a few other fish species.
Thurston Nature Center is managed by the Thurston Nature Center Committee, a sub-committee of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Thurston Elementary School. A Land Use Policy Statement has been completed.