Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center

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Looking for a unique experience?  Stroll through acres of native Iowa prairie, discover & collect ancient sea life from the quarry are and visit the company that unearthed these treasures.


The Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve is located 1 mile west of Rockford on County Road B47.


  • Collect your own Devonian fossils
  • Hike trails through native prairies and fossil quarry.
  • Observe the historic beehive kilns used by the Rockford Brick & Tile Co.
  • Visitor Center contains compelling exhibits that intrepret the unique features of the Park
  • Canoe access to the Winnebago River.
  • No Admission fee.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset.


The Fossil & Prairie Center will open weekends (Saturday & Sunday) beginning May 1st, 2022 from 1-4 p.m.