Hurstville Interpretive Center

view of the Center from the east on Hurstville Road
view of the Center from the east on Hurstville Road
Bird Blind
Hurstville Marsh
Bridge, Picnic Shelter and Big Blue Stem

Welcome to the headquarters of Jackson County Conservation.  The Hurstville Interpretive Center offers visitors a chance to explore natural resources at their leisure.  Step inside to better understand the story behind our natural and historic resources through the many exhibits.  Enjoy the beauty of nature as you step outside to discover the prairie and wetland.  In the restored native prairie you can search out reptiles, colorful wildflowers, and a world of insects.  Visit the butterfly garden to view beautiful native plants and butterflies.  Take your binoculars and see what you can find living or visiting the wetlands during the different seasons.  

Be sure to visit our fishing pond across the road for another picnic area.

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Join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, August 23rd from 1-4 pm with fun, food and special exhibits.  

More information can be found at


Hurstville Interpretive Center
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-3783

The center is located 1 mile north of Maquoketa on U.S. Highway 61 and 63rd Street.

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  • Staff on hand to assist visitors
  • Information on attractions in Jackson County
  • Information on natural resources
  • No entrance fee!
  • Handicap accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Exhibits
    • Wetland diorama
    • Prairie diorama
    • Waste reduction kiosk
    • Railroad model of the historic town of Hurstville
    • Bee hive (with live bees!)
    • and more.....
  • Hiking trail - 3/4 miles - through the prairie and wetland
  • 15-acre restored prairie
    • Wildlife include snakes, turtles, pheasants, songbirds, butterflies, grasshoppers, and much much more!
    • Native plants include big bluestem, little bluestem, sideoats grama, goldenrod, black-eyed susan, milkweed, daisy fleabane, aster, coneflower, and many more!
  • 18-acre wetland
    • Wildlife include turtles, frogs, snakes, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, muskrat, and many aquatic invertebrates
  • Fishing pond - channel catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill
  • Bird blind
  • Picnic shelter
  • Butterfly garden
  • Frog pond
  • Observation deck
  • Public programs
  • Group tours
  • School trips
  • Community Room - available for reservation

The Hurstville Interpretive Center is designed for multiple uses, with an emphasis on environmental education and resource protection.  The Hurstville Interpretive Center is an attractive stop for the traveling public and is also ideal for school field trips, group tours, special events for the public, meeting place for youth and civic groups, summer school programs, information on natural resources, adult education, volunteer opportunities, environmental education assistance, and loaned materials for educators. 

Operating Hours & Seasons

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

January - March CLOSED
April - October 12:00 - 5:00 PM
November - December 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Holiday Openings:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day


The Hurstville Interpretive Center site is closed to hunting, trapping, and public camping.

Holiday Closings:  New Years Eve/Day, Easter Weekend, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day/Weekend, Christmas Day/Weekend

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