Fernald Nature Preserve
At what was once a nuclear weapons manufacturing plant, Fernald Preserve now features 140 acres of wetland habitat including three lakes, 400 acres of forests and 360 acres of grasslands including tall grass prairies. The total species list is at 240. Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-necked Stilt, Wilson’s Phalarope, and Golden Eagle are all on the site species list. In addition to a wide range of migratory waterfowl, this area provides excellent viewing opportunities for a variety of prairie species including Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks and occasionally Northern Bobwhite. The biowetland has been good for shorebirds during migration when water levels are favorable.
Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge
The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966, and holds 7,802 acres of amazing land. It was Indiana's first National Wildlife Refuge. The name comes from the Muscatatuck River, which means "land of winding waters". 60 percent of the total area is comprised of converted farmland. There are eight hiking trails, a 4-mile driving tour, two pioneer cemeteries, and a log cabin of historical significance.