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Woollens Gardens

About Woollens Gardens

Woollens Gardens is a scenic park spanning 37.34 acres on the northeast side of Indianapolis. This park is named after William Watson Woollens, a Hoosier naturalist and environmentalist who practiced law in Indianapolis and briefly served as county attorney. In 1908 Woolens founded “The Nature Study Club’ of Indianapolis, dedicated to the study of local flora and fauna—particularly native bird populations. 

Woollens donated his estate to the City of Indianapolis in 1909, asking that it be preserved as a bird sanctuary and botanical study area for all to enjoy. Today it remains undeveloped and full of opportunities to experience nature in an otherwise urban environment. Mature sycamore and tulip trees house a variety of hawks, owls, woodpeckers, and more. Gentle hills and ravines, along with its proximity to the Fall Creek trail and waterfront, make this park a perfect retreat to observe and learn from nature. 

Did You Know

The formal name of this park is Woollens Garden of Birds and Botany.

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