Hurstville Interpretive Center – Maquoketa, Iowa -The Hurstville Interpretive Center offers picnicking, hiking, and nature study. An 18-acre wetland provides wildlife viewing opportunities from the trails, bird blind and observation deck.
The Interpretive Center’s displays include a wetland diorama, waste reduction kiosk, historic photos and HO scale model of the Hurstville Lime Kilns.
In total there are 70 acres in the complex that includes the wetlands, reconstructed prairie, roadside viewing platorm, trails and bird blinds.
In the center you can learn about the 1800′s town of Hurstville and the Hurstville Lime Kilns. The Hurstville Lime Kilns are just north of Maquoketa. These lime kilns provided building material that was sent around the country until the invention of Portland Cement.
In June of 2010 8 cygnets were hatched and are growing like crazy now. If you go to the Center the staff will help you get a closer look with binouars or a spotting that they keep handy? You have to be in the right place at the right time to see the femail woodie with her troop in tow.
July is the time for the black eyed Susan, purple prairie clover, wild bergamot, swamp milkweed, and more to be blooming Go out and enjoy the different seasons of the year at the Center and see what is natural during the time you are there.
Location: 18670 63RD St, Maquoketa, IA 52060
Hours: M-F 9-4 year round except winter holidays. During the spring summer and fall the weekend hours are Sat-Sun noon to 5 PM.