Group of people enjoying the kayak rentals on Rathbun Lake from Honey Creek Resort
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Most activities require no advance reservations. To reserve a Field Pack in advance please email our Resort Activities Staff. If you have any questions, give us a call at 641-724-1490

Activities Building Hours
Winter: 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

Also available by appointment at 641-724-1490

On-Site Programs

We offer a variety of engaging, educational programs led by our on-site naturalist and activities staff.

Naturalist Programs

Join naturalists for guided hikes, meet live animals, listen to stories by the campfire, and enjoy nature-themed crafts and games. Check out our activity schedule to see what programs may be offered during your stay.

Naturalist Programs are offered daily during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). The Nature Center is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in the winter with a Saturday afternoon DIY craft from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Activities Room.

Activities Building

Stop by the Activities Building to chat with a naturalist and check out interactive exhibits. The Activities Building was designed by Iowa State University students to be a net-zero-energy facility, using solar and wind energy and efficient appliances.

Events Calendar

Throughout the year, we host numerous festive seasonal and holiday-themed events for our guests. Check out our events calendar to see what events are offered during your stay.

Self-Guided Activities

We'll give you all the tools and tips you'll need to get the most out of your visit.

Field Packs

These are a fun, effortless way for families to enjoy and discover nature together. Packs come in a variety of topics that may be checked out for 24-hour period. Each pack contains instructions for outdoor activities and the necessary equipment. Packs are limited an can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis (limit one pack per family at a time). To reserve a Field Pack in advance, please email our Resort Activities Staff. Field pack options include:

  • GPS Field Pack: Play GPS Bingo or search for the nine permanent geocaches hidden throughout the resort.
  • Birding Pack: Learn the basics of birding and get to know the birds of Honey Creek State Park.
  • Track Pack: Learn about animal tracking, visit animal "hot spots", and play Tracking Bingo.
  • Invertebrate Investigation Pack: Get to know invertebrates and their habitats, learn how to identify them, and play Invertebrate Bingo.

Lending Library

Want to get cozy indoors? Check out a board game or find a good book at our lending library, located in the business center.

Self-Guided Hike

Strike out on your own or with a buddy to enjoy a self-guided hike on our Savannah Ridge Interpretive Trail.

Outdoor Recreation

Visit the Front Desk to get a bike (March through November, weather permitting) or a sled during winter time. Or simply head out to make the most of the endless possibilities for outdoor recreation.


This is a great place to bring a family. The resort is super clean, and there are tons of activities to keep you busy.

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