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.
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.