This 200-acre park and preserve in Burlington, Iowa contains a variety of forest groupings—from bottom-land softwoods to upland hardwood timber. Native prairie grasses and flowers are found in small patches along the limestone bluffs. Some prairie restoration work has also been started. Massive 100-foot high cliffs rise above Flint Creek and provide scenic overlooks and have three caves in them. All types of wildlife make their homes in the preserve. At the Nature Center, visitors can become actively involved with all aspects of nature. The exhibits focus on the “conservation ethic” of Burlington’s native conservationist Aldo Leopold and his family. Two naturalists offer a variety of activities throughout the year with their interpretative walks. Their classroom activities, including slide presentations supplement the outdoor experiences. The Center has an excellent reference library, meeting room, restroom, and other facilities.
Hikers can obtain two self-guiding booklets and walk either the Rossiter Heritage Trail or the Trail of the Little People. Visitors can picnic, hike, and cross-country ski.
Admission – None
Directions – turn east off of U. S. Highway 61 north of Burlington onto Upper Flint Road, then turn south on Irish Ridge Road
Hours – 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas (preserve), 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, or by appointment (nature center)
Phone – (319) 755-5808