The Nature Center was made possible with the partnership between the nonprofit, Salem Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Salem Audubon Society funded the building design and construction, while USFWS provided the land, built roads, trails and more. Ankeny Hill Nature Center provides interpretation and environmental education for people of all ages, culture and abilities. The center includes a volunteer base camp, two trails, an indoor and outdoor classroom, restored upland prairie and wetland habitats and an overlook interpretive area.