Fossil And Prairie Park Preserve & Center- Charles City/Mason City Area, Iowa
This center will provide interpretive information about the fossils in the area and the nearby native prairie. The park has over 400 acres, of which 80 contains the flora of a typical Iowa prairie.
This 400-acre park is a unique attraction, being one of only three known public fossil collecting sites in the nation (CNN, 2003). The Devonian fossils can be easily collected by visitors of any age, attracting school groups from elementary through college, as well as researchers and families. The park also has historic beehive kilns, over 60 acres of virgin prairie, an 1880′s log cabin, and visitor center. There is also a re-created log cabin, picnic shelter and miles of hiking trails for your enjoyment. In the Center, museum quality exhibits interpret the natural and historic features of the park. Trained staff and volunteers greet visitors and answer questions about the park and local tourism.
"Prairie Heritage Day" is the second weekend in September.
Visitors can also tour a wetlands area, a riparian corridor, and kilns. The fossils are found in a quarry area. Walking trails have also been developed.
Admission – None
Directions – 1 mile west of Rockford, IA on County Road B 47
Hours – The park is open year round – sunrise to sunset. The Center is open from 1-4 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends in May, September, and October.