Forest Park Museum

Forest Park Museum
Forest Park Museum
Grabenhorst Cabin
Pioneer Wagon
Indian Artifacts

Spinning Wheel

Forest Park Museum and Arboretum was originally developed in the 1940s by Eugene Hastie, a farmer, local historian and author. The museum is now surrounded by a 5 acre arboretum park and 12 acres of re-established prairie and wildflowers. Paths include a .4 mile spur of the Raccoon River Valley Trail - an 89 mile paved multi-use recreation trail plus a mowed walking trail that perimeters the prairie. The arboretum consists of over 100 different species of primarily native trees and shrubs.

The Forest Park complex has grown to include Hastie Hall, Baldwin Hall and the Wagner Gallery. The Alton School house, which is the last one-room school house of Dallas County, the1860 Grabenhorst log cabin and the Bill Wagner Scale House are also part of the Forest Park Museum complex.

We consider Forest Park to be among the finest small museums in the state, exhibiting natural, cultural, and historical artifacts of central Iowa. Displays include early transportation, farm machinery, small hand tools, railroading, a blacksmith shop and much more. One of the most popular exhibits at the museum is the electric Dynamo, believed by some to be a perpetual motion machine. It was invented by Henry D. Nelson, a Redfield resident. It is the only one of it's kind known in the Central United States. 

Location

Forest Park Museum
14581 K Avenue
Perry, IA  50220

Forest Park Museum and the Dallas County Conservation Board Headquarters are located at the south edge of Perry, approximately 1/4 mile south of HWY 141, on the west side of "K" Avenue ("K" Aveunue north of HWY 141 is called 16th Street). Watch for brown and white arrowhead directional signs just before the junction of "K" Avenue and HWY 141.

Area Map

Features

Forest Park Museum is a trailhead for the Raccoon River Valley Trail and features trail passes and trail maps.

The site also has restrooms, water, picnic tables, soda machine and the Dallas County Conservation Board Administrative Offices.


Operating Hours & Seasons

Forest Park and Arboretum is open from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm all year long.

The Museum is FREE and open to the public:
May 1 - October 31  Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm,
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 1:00 to 4:30pm.
November 1 - April 30   Monday through Friday 8:00 - 4:30, except for holidays.

Forest Park  is the headquarters and administrative office for the Dallas County Conservation Board which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Closures

The Museum is closed:
Weekends and Holidays November 1 - April 30

Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-3577
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov
Website: www.dallascountyiowa.gov/conservation