Fontana Interpretive Nature Center – Hazelton, Iowa

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In Hazelton, Iowa this nature center’s personnel have developed displays and dioramas that depict woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. There are a number of exhibits that allow visitors to look at and touch natural objects found in the area. Other displays encourage visitors to develop solutions for environmental problems. A wild animal display features native wildlife, such as: cougar, timber wolves, eagles, hawks, owls, waterfowl, bison, and deer. Visitors can camp, fish, and boat in the area.

Admission – None (center)

Directions – near State Highway 150 (1883 125th St.)

Hours – 8:00 a.m. – noon, Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, summer; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., winter

Phone – (319) 636-2617


  1. Bob Glasscock says:

    do you still have any buffalo to be sponsered ?

  2. Your request for information has been sent on to the Nature Center. They should be contacting you with information soon.

  3. I grew up in this area. Fontana Park was an extension of our youthful playground to the local children of Hazleton.

    Fontana Park is so much more then is stated on this web site. Where else can you take your children In Iowa to see real live animals such as Bears, Cougars, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Swansons Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Barn Owls, Ducks, birds of many species, Deer that will take an apple from your hand? Watch a raccon wash his hands ,face and food before dinner?

    Our Buchanan County residents love our conservation park, where animals that could not live out there lives as nature intended them to can do so here.

    We are dedicated to our park and sponsor the care, feeding and upkeep of the park through our county govt and donations. This can be seen after the devastating flooding and tornado damage it suffered over the recent years.

    A great many thanks must be given to the many many volunteers who make it possible for our future generations to come there on school trips and enjoy the nature trails, the walking trails , the canoeing, fishing, camping and solitude enjoyed by all of us.
    Ever need a quiet moment to yourself stop in when you are in the area and enjoy what we have in our hidden corner of the world. Its free….. Priceless.

  4. i thought it was a life changing experiance very beneficial and the buffalo looked sexy

  5. L. Vandenburg says:

    I love Fontana Park. Often times on my way home I stop and take 15 minutes for myself.
    I always carry my camera so I can look for interesting details among the flowers, trees etc.
    How blessed we are in Iowa to have so much natural abundance. Fresh air, clean water
    food, shelter. I am very thankful for what we have in Fontana Park. The folks that look after it all are so dedicated and passionate about preserving this blessing.

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