The preserve features a nature center containing interpretive displays concerning the wildlife, ecology, and natural history of the Swiss Valley area. The center also houses the administrative office of the Dubuque County Conservation Board. More than 10 miles of self-guiding nature and hiking trails radiate outward from the center through the forest, prairie, and wetland areas. The Catfish Creek, which meanders through the preserve, is stocked with trout by the Iowa DNR each year, providing many hours of fishing for anglers. (Click here for the Northeast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Report
) In winter, many of the trails convert to groomed cross-country ski trails. The nature center also has snowshoes for visitors to use, free of charge. The preserve and the nature center are open year round except for holidays.
Special programs for school and groups can be arranged by calling the nature center 563-556-6745. Seasonal weekend public hikes and educational programs are listed on our calendar of events
and with the local media.