The Voas Nature Area is a 705 acre park located approximately 1½ miles west of Minburn. The initial 265 acres were donated to the Dallas County Conservation Board by Lyle and Mae Voas. Both brother and sister had a desire to see their family farmland restored to a native prairie and forest condition similar to pre-Euro-American settlement. They intended for the area to become a wildlife refuge and educational center. Additional land has since been acquired, much of it for wetland mitigation initiatives. This has led to the development of two hunting areas, one for youth only, and the other as a general public hunting area.
Lyle and Mae collected rocks, fossils, and minerals from across the United States and around the world. They built a museum to display their impressive collection and other artifacts. Rare native elements, dynamic quartz specimens, and fossils are on exhibit. The museum has been expanded to include an observation deck and modern restrooms.
The Voas Nature Area is diverse in habitat, including 90 acres of oak/hickory forest with most of the remaining acres being a prairie and wetland complex.
The diversity creates as an excellent stage for learning about our natural world. Interpretive programs offered at the Voas Nature Area include tours of the museum, bird-watching hikes, prairie programs, geology presentations, cross-country skiing and many other environmental education programs.
- May 1 - October 31 Gates open from 1/2 hour before sunrise - 10:00 p.m. daily. Restrooms are open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- November 1 - April 30 Weather permitting, the entry gate is open from ½ hour before sunrise to 10:00 p.m. daily. The restrooms are closed.
- The museum is open for programs or by appointment.
Voas Nature Area
19286 Lexington Rd.
The Voas Nature Area is located 1½ miles west of Minburn off Hwy. 169. In Minburn, follow the signs and turn west on County Rd. F31. Proceed 1½ miles to the jct. with Lexington Rd, which is immediately before you cross the bridge over the North Raccoon River. Turn north (right) on Lexington Rd. and drive about one mile to the park entrance which is on the west (right) side of the road.