Hurstville Interpretive Center – Maquoketa, Iowa

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 butterfly garden to view beautiful native plants and butterflies. Take your binoculars and see what you can find living or visiting the wetlands during the different seasons.

Be sure to visit our fishing pond across the road for another picnic area.

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•Staff on hand to assist visitors
•Information on attractions in Jackson County
•Information on natural resources
•No entrance fee!
•Handicap accessible
•Wetland diorama
•Prairie diorama
•Waste reduction kiosk
•Railroad model of the historic town of Hurstville
•Bee hive (with live bees!)
•and more…..
•Hiking trail – 3/4 miles – through the prairie and wetland
•15-acre restored prairie
•Wildlife include snakes, turtles, pheasants, songbirds, butterflies, grasshoppers, and much much more!
•Native plants include big bluestem, little bluestem, sideoats grama, goldenrod, black-eyed susan, milkweed, daisy fleabane, aster, coneflower, and many more!
•18-acre wetland
•Wildlife include turtles, frogs, snakes, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, muskrat, and many aquatic invertebrates
•Fishing pond – channel catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill
•Bird blind
•Picnic shelter
•Butterfly garden
•Frog pond
•Observation deck
•Public programs
•Group tours
•School trips
•Community Room – available for reservation


18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Telephone: 563.652.3783


Hours of Operation:
9AM -4 PM

January – March CLOSED
April – October 12-5 PM
November – December 12-4 PM

Holiday Closings:
Easter Weekend
Veterans Day
Christmas Eve & Christmas
New Years Eve & New Years

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