Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Wickiup Hill Learning Area
Observation Deck

Exhibit hall at Wickiup Hill
exhibits at Wickiup Hill
Wickiup Hill display
magical dragonfly learning adventure

bird banding
Fall Fest trails
Fall Fest
cockroach races

cross-country skiiing at Wickiup
school field trips and day camps
Wickiup Hill signs

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Your Neighborhood Natural Adventure - Just Far Enough

The vision of the Linn County Conservation Board is to improve community through people, parks, trails and open space. This vision is accomplished in many different ways, including increasing environmental awareness. In order to meet the mission of increasing environmental awareness in citizens, the Conservation Board built the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in 2002 and completed an expansion in 2012. One of the Center’s long-standing goals is to provide opportunities for people to experience the outdoors and develop an awareness and admiration of nature.

Richard Louv in his book, “Last Child in the Woods” highlights the need to connect children with natural places. This book coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to highlight the emotional and developmental issues involved when children become too connected to electronics and disconnected from natural places. Wickiup Hill serves a vital role in addressing this need.

Oliver & Ava's River Raft Adventure Exhibit & Other Learning Areas

The exhibit stations at Wickiup Hill are designed around a story of a school-aged boy and girl who follow a magical dragonfly on a learning adventure related to Native American history, nature, and watersheds. Come visit to see where the dragonfly takes you!

Life Along the River: Features a full-size replica of an Ioway summer home; a three-sisters garden; a maple syrup camp and scent station; and historic artifact replicas!
Nature is Fun: Features a muskrat hut; research fort; hollow tree; nature view finders; an oversized underwater room; a larger than life green frog, and a special secret passage-way from the muskrat hut to the fort!

Everyone Lives in a Watershed: Features the waterdrop game; a watertable; and a video touchscreen about healthy watersheds!
Outdoor Exhibits: Features the interpretive trails; wetland boardwalk; observation deck; prairie, woodland and savanna habitats; and Native American mounds.
Other exhibit areas include: Bird viewing area; wildlife viewing area; wildlife and habitat management; movie clip station; the hallway of habitats (woodland, prairie, and wetland); and traveling exhibits.


Linn County Conservation Education
Educational Programming
Outdoor education starts at a young age at Wickiup Hill. Monthly programs are provided for kids ranging in age from 1-5 and programs are scheduled regularly with daycare and preschool organizations. The educational staff at Wickiup Hill provides field trip opportunities to thousands of school-aged children in Eastern Iowa. A variety of programs are offered year-round.  Additionally, education doesn’t stop after grade school. Life-long learning opportunities and programs are available for adults, nature clubs, and senior-citizen organizations. Wickiup Hill encourages educational programming for people of all ages, abilities, and interests.  More information here


Wickiup Hill Learning Center is located at 10260 Morris Hills Rd,  just NW of the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area near Toddville. I-380 north to Blairs Ferry Road NE; west on Blairs Ferry to Feather Ridge Road; right (north) on Feather Ridge to Morris Hills Road; left (west) on Morris Hills Road - follow to the end of the road, the Center will be on your right (north). 

There are plenty of signs along the routes!   

Click here for a map on how to get to Wickiup Hill


educational nature center, with hallway of habitats and exhibits

variety of programs and classes for all ages

bird viewing area

wildlife viewing area

interpretive trails

observation deck

wetland boardwalk


woodland and savanna habitats

Native American Mounds


cross-country skiing


Operating Hours & Seasons

The building is open from 8-4:30pm, Monday through Friday; 10-4 on Saturday; 1-4 on Sunday. Closed on all Linn County government holidays. Area hours are from sunrise to sunset. Programs are at pre-scheduled or announced times.