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why you should vote for Hurstville Interpretive Center

Hurtsville_362x272The Hurstville Interpretive Center is the perfect place to experience nature, learn about local history, conservation, and agriculture in Eastern Iowa. The Center’s Friends group has done an amazing job of getting the community involved with programs and facilities improvement. They sponsored a national award winning outdoor makeover that includes a pond and prairie designed to be played in, and also increased accessibility to the pollinator gardens. Trumpeter swans are housed on site working with the DNR to increase wild populations. Indoors, the center gives light to the historic company town of Hurstville with a train model town, video kiosk, artifacts, maps, and information on the Hurstville Lime Kilns (another SSNHA partner site). Other exhibits include a working live bee hive, educational animals, a prairie and marsh diorama, extirpated species, and many other creatures native to Iowa. Staff and volunteers are always available to answer questions about all things conservation or at least give you a direction to go in. Visitors are encouraged to interact with several displays and ask questions while staff work to provide a high quality experience by making information, educational materials, and taking the time to create memorable experiences by taking out the educational animals or providing tools to enhance their explorations.  Every year there is something new to look forward to, and having free programming almost weekly gives everyone a chance to experience something new. The Hurstville Interpretive Center provides the public with a great place to learn and grow.

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