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GrimesFarm & Conservation Center

Biking Biking at GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
The Linn Creek Recreational Trail from Marshalltown to the GrimesFarm and  Conservation Center was completed in 2005.  This is now another way to access the GrimesFarm and Conservation Center, by bicycle or on foot. In the Spring of 2012, the Linn Creek Trail was connected with the Hwy. 330 Trail and the Heart of Iowa Trail at Rhodes. These trail segments are part of the American Discovery Trail
Education Education at GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Classroom programs and outdoor educational programs for school groups, civic organizations, and general public
Classroom can be rented by business groups for meetings
Picnicking Picnicking at GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Picnic tables surround the Nature Center and there is also an open shelter available.  After your picnic explore the many exhibits at the Nature Center and trials of Grimes Farm.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Hiking trails provide access to the forests, wetlands, prairies, and crop fields. Public interpretive programs are scheduled periodically throughout the year.  An observation tower sits on the highest elevation point of the Grimes Farm.  The main viewing platform, large enough to hold groups of 12 – 15, stands 30 feet above ground level.  The view to the east overlooks the Marshalltown skyline and the Linn Creek Corridor as it winds its way to the Iowa River.  Westward, the tower immediately overlooks  pasture ground and further in the distance lays the flat landscape of Iowa that was carved out 14,000 years ago by glaciers with ice up to a mile thick.  On a clear day one can view miles into Story County.  The tower is 1/2 mile from the Conservation Center.
Winter Activities Winter Activities at GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Snow shoeing  is allowed when the weather permits and at least 4 inches of snow on the ground