Gilbertson Conservation Education Area


22580 A Ave
Elgin, IA 52141
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Phone: 563-426-5740

A 565-acre recreation and education area that includes the:

  • Gilbertson Nature Center
  • Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
  • Hart Dummermuth Historical House
  • Petting Zoo
  • Maize Maze
  • Crop demonstration plots

This unique area also offers:

  • Canoe Access to the Turkey River
  • Fishing in the pond or the Turkey River
  • A paved 1/4 mile trail that is wheelchair accessible
  • Playground
  • Shelter House’s
  • Modern Campground
  • Primitive Camping Area
  • Equestrian Camping Area
  • Over Five Miles of Trails that are open for walking, hiking, horse back riding, non-motorize bike, and in the wintertime cross-country ski or snowshoe.

Guided tours of the buildings, field trips at Gilbertson, environmental educational, recreational, conservation, recycling, and composting programs are all available upon request.


Nature Center, Historical Buildings and Petting Zoo: Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day, Wed-Sun 11-7 including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or by appointment. Petting Zoo also during May by appointment.



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