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Conservation Education Center

22676 Swan Lake Drive
Carroll, IA, 51401

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The Conservation Education Center planning began in the early 1990’s. Steve Garst, Joe Halbur, Dave Olson and others were involved in some of the early brainstorming about the possibility of a regional environmental education facility located in Swan Lake State Park. In 1999 a five-year plan for Carroll County Conservation included the first concrete proposal, and a fundraising drive was initiated shortly thereafter.

Construction began in 2003 and the doors opened in late October of 2004 with programs and room rentals beginning in January of 2005, a grand opening was held in April of that year.


The Swan Lake Education Center is a regional facility serving Western Iowa, contributing towards the local economy and quality of life while providing educational, recreational, and programs for all ages! Including the popular children’s summer camps, Christmas bird count program each December and much more all organized by our Naturalist.

The center is ADA accessible, with a wheelchair charging station and open to school visits, youth groups, special interest groups, bus tours, and to the public. If you are planning a trip and would like our Naturalist to show you around please contact him at (712) 792-4614 or email matt@carrollcountyiowa.org.

C L A S S R O O M S (meeting rooms)

The center’s two large classrooms can accommodate up to 200 guests or the rooms can be divided if you are planning a small event accommodating up to 100 guests in each room. The Swan Lake Education Center room rentals offer a unique location for a gathering, with beautiful views. Each room is available to rent from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.

The Wapiti Room is perfect for any educational or business meeting, this classroom has an audio-visual system with a projector, drop down 6’X8’ screen, and speakers – perfect for any presentation. The podium is able to connect with any computer and also provides a DVD, VHS, and CD player. This room is set up classroom style with 21 (18” x 96”) tables and is attached to a kitchenette (refrigerator and counter space). The Bison room is perfect for any social event, this room has 15 60” round tables and 3 (18” x 96”) long tables.  Each room can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Contact our office to make reservations by calling (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org


Carroll County Conservation

22676 Swan Lake Drive

Carroll, IA 51401


The facility includes two large classrooms, an educational display area, kitchen, gift shop, elevator, restrooms, offices, boardroom, wildlife viewing deck, storm shelter, prairie restorations, and a backyard wetland connected via the 33-mile multi-use Sauk Rail Trail.
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Table with chairs


Hours of Operation & Seasons

Carroll County Conservation Office:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Concession & Gift Shop:

Memorial Day - Labor Day

Friday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm     Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Or by appointment


Carroll County Education Center is open year round.

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


The Sauk Rail Trail requires a permit

$2 per adult, per day

$15 per adult, per year

Lifetime permits are also available