Retha Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center
Located in Jackson Morrow Park
4200 S. Park Rd.
Kokomo IN 46902
The Kirkendall Nature Center and Jackson Morrow Park offer many programs and events throughout the year. The Parks and Recreation Department offers several Creature Feature events during the summer as well as Super Explorer science camps for kids. A pumpkin painting event and the Haunted Trail Walk are held in the fall. Other events include environmental workshops and annual tree sales in cooperation with the Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Howard County Solid Waste District, school field trip opportunities, scouting programs, and many volunteer opportunities.
The Kirkendall Interpretive Center has a large diorama of preserved animals native to Howard County, live animal exhibits, displays about natural resources, a bird watching area and more. The Nature Center also has information regarding the local wildlife that can be found in the park and along the Little Wildcat Creek that runs through Jackson Morrow Park as well as Wildflower Guide with pictures and information about wildflowers found in the park and along the trail that surrounds the Nature Center.
Click here for the Wildflower Guide. Click here for the Wildlife Pocket Guide.
Click here to go to the Jackson Morrow Walkpath page.
WINTER HOURS SUMMER HOURS
September 1 - April 30 May 1 - August 31
Tuesdays 2pm-5pm Tuesdays 1pm-5pm
Thursdays 2pm-5pm Wednesdays 1pm-5pm
Saturdays 11am-4pm Thursdays 1pm-5pm
Sundays 1pm-4pm FrIdays 1pm-5pm
Group field trips and special programs may also be scheduled outside of regular hours by calling the Nature Center at 765-864-1655.
Retha Kirkendall (1906-1991) was the granddaughter of Jackson Morrow for whom the park is named. Mrs. Kirkendall and her husband, Delmas (1907-2005), provided generous donations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as well as the Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department, which enabled the City of Kokomo to build the Nature Center. Completed in the summer of 1997, the Center is named in honor of Mrs. Kirkendall.
Jackson Morrow Park consists of 100 acres and was established in 1991. The park is named after the late Jackson Morrow (1849-1930), a distinguished early resident of Howard County whose public service included schoolmaster in Alto, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, and Kokomo Police Commissioner. The Morrow family farm included the current park land.