Hurstville Interpretive Center

view of the Center from the east on Hurstville Road
view of the Center from the east on Hurstville Road
Bird Blind
Hurstville Marsh
Bridge, Picnic Shelter and Big Blue Stem


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September 21, 2018    10:00 - 11:00 AM
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October 19, 2018    10:00 - 11:00 AM
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October 26, 2018    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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November 13, 2018    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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November 15, 2018    10:00 - 12:00 AM
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November 16, 2018    10:00 - 11:00 AM
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November 17, 2018    9:00 - 12:00 AM
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November 18, 2018    1:00 - 2:30 PM
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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 â€‹pollinator garden to view native plants as well as our many pollinators. Take your binoculars and see what you can find living or visiting the wetlands during the different seasons.



Location

Hurstville Interpretive Center
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-3783
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The center is located 1 mile north of Maquoketa on U.S. Highway 61 and 63rd Street.

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Features

  • 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 
    • Railroad model of the historic town of Hurstville 
    • and more.....
  • Natural Playscape: catch a frog or tadpole in the pond using nets and buckets provided, balance on logs and stumps, find your way through our prairie maze, build with sticks, bricks and rocks, play checkers or tic-tac-toe with colored rocks and more! Playscape is located throughout pollinator garden on the west side of the building.
  • 1/2 mile hiking trail
  • 15-acre restored prairie  
  • 18-acre wetland with boardwalk, observational deck, and birdblind 
  • Fishing pond
  • Bird blind
  • Picnic shelter
  • Pollinator 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. 



Operating Hours & Seasons

Monday-Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

The Hurstville Nature Area is open 6:00 am - 10:30 pm

Holiday Openings:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day



Closures

The Hurstville Interpretive Center site is closed to hunting, trapping, and public camping.

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



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