The Hurstville Interpretive Center and surrounding complex (Hurstville Nature Area) is open to the public and there is no admission fee! It is a wonderful place to spend a day viewing exhibits or watching wildlife and learning more about Iowa's natural resources at your own leisure.
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Phone: (563) 652-3783
Fax: (563) 652-2191
Outdoor area is open from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily. FREE ADMISSION
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
January - March CLOSED
April - October 12:00 - 5:00 pm
November - December 12:00 - 4:00 pm
New Year's Eve & Day
Christmas Eve & Day
We are OPEN Martin Luther Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day!
Special events and exciting programs are held frequently so be sure to check our calendar of events. Our public programs cover a large range of topics about Iowa's natural resources. People of all ages, abilities and interests are welcome at our public programs.
Tours and programs are available to schools, youth groups and organizations. Go to our Environmental Education page for more information about program topics and other options for your group. Contact us with any questions or more information.
The Center has a multi-purpose community room available for groups and organizations to rent for meetings, parties, trainings, programs and special events. Rentals, Permits, Fees
Friends of Jackson County Conservation manage a small gift shop at the Center. All funds raised directly support environmental education in Jackson County through program materials and exhibits. The gift shop is stocked with great items related to nature and wildlife. Field guides, children's story books, t-shirts, bird feeders, binoculars, bug collecting items, tourist collectibles, local products (wine, honey, crafts, sorghum) and many other items are available. Friends of Jackson County Conservation members are entitled to 10% off all merchandise.
Prairie grasses and wildflowers once covered approximately 85% of Iowa. The fertile soils formed under these prairies became the basis for Iowa's economy. More than 3 million acres of wildlife-rich wetlands dotted the prairie landscape and river corridors, soaking up flood waters, filtering runoff and recharging aquifers.
Hurstville was once a bustling company town which supported an industry that shipped processed lime throughout the Midwest. Click here for more information about the Hurstville Lime Kilns
The Hurstville Interpretive Center Complex has a restored native prairie where visitors can search out colorful wildflowers and butterflies. The 18-acre wetland provides wildlife viewing opportunities from the trails and observation stations.
The Center has many informational exhibits about Iowa's natural resources. Exhibits include: a wetland and a prairie diorama with plants and wildlife, a train model of the historic town of Hurstville, video kiosk about the Hurstville Lime Kilns, exhibits about Iowa's mussels, rocks, endangered species, birds of prey and migrating songbirds. Our discovery area and library have many books and activities for children and adults. The Center also boasts a working honey bee hive and live education animals.
Pick up information about things to do in Jackson County as our Center also functions as a tourist information center. Or find an answer to your question by talking with our friendly staff.
The outdoor area around the Center offers many opportunities for visitors.
A playground that uses natural materials to encourage creative outdoor play.
Free, open daily and water play toys available seasonally.
If anyone believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap, he or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240
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