Solar Array at the Hurstville Center

The Hurstville Interpretive Center is going solar and we want you to join us. Over 25 years, our solar panels could offset almost 2,000,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. That is equivalent to planting 21,366 trees! This solar project fits our mission and we are excited to be moving down a path of renewable energy!

Buy a Brick! Donations of $100 or more for a 4"x8" engraved brick and $200 or more for an 8"x8" engraved brick. Bricks will be laid around an information kiosk adjacent to the solar array. 

Buy a Panel! Donations of $500 or more will help us purchase a panel. By purchasing a panel for the Hurstville Center, you will be helping to personally offset up to 25,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Panel Donors will be recognized on a sign on the kiosk.

For those making a donation of $100 or more, please visit this website to personalize your brick.

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Maquoketa-Hurstville Trail

Jackson County Conservation, City of Maquoketa and Grant Wood Loop have been working together to develop a trail system connecting Prairie Creek Recreation Area to the Hurstville Interpretive Center through the City of Maquoketa.

 Currently, the Conservation Board is working to complete the section from the Hurstville Center parking lot, along 63rd Street, to the corner of 63rd St/Hurstville Road. Construction of this segment is planned for 2021.

Donate today to help us connect the trails!

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General Donations

Want to support your county parks? Or help continue our environmental education efforts?  Donated today towards outdoor recreation and education opportunities in Jackson County! 

If you'd like to specify an area for your donation, please include that in the note section. You can also make a donation in memory or in honor of someone. 

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2021 Phenology Calendar

2021 Phenology Calendars are now available!

Cost is $10. You can purchase at the Hurstville Interpretive Center weekdays 9:00-4:00 (building is closed to the public but staff are still available to assist you; we can meet you outside, call (563) 652-3783 to arrange pickup).

Or you can purchase online. Cost is $10 + $2 shipping = $12. Click 'Donate Now' and under amount choose 'Other' and type in 12. Fill out the rest of the information and upon receipt we will mail you the calendar. 


Have you ever kept track of when hummingbirds return in the spring to visit your feeders or when you saw the last of the orioles in the fall? Have you noted when the flowers in your yard bloom each year? You are using nature’s calendar! Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how they are influenced by seasonal variations in climate, as well as habitat factors. When apple trees bloom, when a swan builds its nest and when leaves turn colors in the fall are all animal and plant cycles that are influenced by seasonal changes.

Keeping track allows us to note changes to the “normal” patterns for the timing of things year after year. Phenology is a key component of life on earth. Many birds time their nesting so that eggs hatch when insects are available to feed nestlings. Likewise, insect emergence is often synchronized with leaf out in host plants. For some people, earlier flowering means earlier allergies. Farmers and gardeners need to know the schedule of plant and insect development to decide when to apply fertilizers and pesticides and when to plant to avoid frosts.

Jackson County Naturalists have been keeping track of nature’s calendar in Eastern Iowa. Order one today! All proceeds go to Friends of Jackson County Conservation

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