About Us


IMG_1703Hawthorn Hollow welcomes you…

Hawthorn Hollow is a private, nonprofit nature sanctuary and arboretum owned and operated by the Hyslop Foundation, providing environmental education to all ages. The 40 acres of varied terrain offer 2 miles of trails winding through the woods of the Pike River Valley, a 12  acre Arboretum, a variety of gardens,  and three historic buildings surrounded by prairie. The Friends of Hawthorn Hollow was established in 1988 to help preserve, maintain and further improve Hawthorn Hollow. This organization provides financial and maintenance support through memberships, fund-raising events, boutique sales and volunteer work days.

Visitor Information, Hours of Operation, & Location

A Brief History of Hawthorn Hollow Historic Buildings at Hawthorn Hollow     Hawthorn Hollow main road

Hyslop Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

Krista Reck- President
Terry Schlenker – Treasurer
Charlotte Kozak-Bishop – Secretary
Susan Andrea-Schlenker
Patsy Callahan
Charles Heide
Robert Kupfer
Dr. Clifton Peterson
Judith Richardson

The Friends of Hawthorn Hollow Board of Directors     

Aaron Menke – President
Shirley Mandernack  Vice  President
Terry Schlenker – Treasurer
Sandy Halmo – Secretary
Beth Goeppinger
Phil Kraus
Karen Kruse
Nancy Scheidell
Dr. Joy Wolf

Hawthorn Hollow Staff

Julie Vandervort-Peterson – Executive Director
Joe Fonk – Director
Lori Artiomow – Restoration Ecologist
Nancy Carlson – Naturalist & Educator
TJ Leveque – Special Events Coordinator
Kyle Woller – Grounds Technician
William Parker – Observatory Director


Our mission is to cultivate appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural and local heritage through environmental education and sanctuary preservation.


Our Vision is to further develop Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum as a regional socioeconomic resource attracting students, nature enthusiasts, biologists, families, and tourists. We strive to be the premier destination for visitors to embrace and experience the value of the natural world. Through this, we will achieve our goal of responsible environmental education to the surrounding communities to better understand the implications of our actions on our diverse ecosystem.



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