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Prairie's Edge Nature Center

The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center was opened in 2000 The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center gets its name from the native prairie planted next to the building. In addition to the educational aspects, the Nature Center also holds the Howard County Conservation Offices and Board Room. Multiple displays fill the Nature Center. The most popular of these include the live animal displays. A visitor can see a tiger salamander meandering through the aquarium, native fish swimming through a 180-gallon tank, and a live honeybee display.  


11562 Valley Ave
Cresco, IA 52136

Hours of Operation & Seasons

The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center is open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Nature Center is also open one Sunday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On these Sundays, a special environmental program will be given covering a new, interesting nature topic every month (see Calendar of Events for schedule). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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