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Hurstville Interpretive Center

18670 63rd Street
Ph: 563-652-3783
Maquoketa, IA, 52060
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.


Hurstville Interpretive Center
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060

(563) 652-3783

The center is located 1 mile north of Maquoketa off U.S. Highway 61. 

  • Staff on hand to assist visitors
  • Information on attractions in Jackson County
  • Information on natural resources
  • No entrance fee!
  • Handicap accessible
  • Clean Restrooms
  • Over 20 indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities for the whole family including: 
    • Enclosed bee hive (with live bees!)
    • Live reptiles 
    • Resident trumpeter swans 
    • Model train diorama
    • and more.....
  • Over a mile of hiking trails
  • 15-acre restored prairie 
  • 18-acre wetland with observational deck and bird blind 
  • Fishing pond - channel catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill 
  • Picnic shelter
  • Butterfly garden
  • Frog pond 
  • 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. 


Hours of Operation & Seasons

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Holiday Openings:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day


The center is closed to hunting, trapping, and public camping.

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