|FAYETTE COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARDS
2017 CAMPING SEASON FEES
$350.00 for the Camping Season
Camping Season Coupon Book
$150.00 for 11 nights of camping for the
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity
$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson
Dutton’s Cave Park
$8.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity
Goeken Park, Twin Bridges Park & Echo Valley
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
is located just east of Downtown Elgin on county road B64 or Agate Road. This 345 acre park
packs lots of things to do in the country. You can have a picnic, stay at the campground, and enjoy
fishing and canoeing at the river or the pond. The park features more than 5 miles of trails for
hiking, walking, and horseback riding. The park is also open for public hunting.
Non-motorized bikes are welcome and cross-country skiing is available on 5 miles of gorgeous
trails. The park includes a nature center, two historical buildings,
a petting zoo and even a Maize (Corn) Maze!
For more information see below or contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental Education
Coordinator, Gilbertson Nature Center 22580 A Avenue Elgin, Iowa 52141, 563-426-5740
The Nature Center and Historical Buildings are open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
Wednesday - Sunday 11 AM - 7 PM and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day 11 AM - 7 PM
The Nature Center and Historical Buildings are open from the day after Labor Day until the Friday
before Memorial Day weekend by appointment only.
The Petting Zoo is Open from May 1st to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend by appointment
Open for the summer starting on Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day = Wednesday - Sunday 11
AM - 7 PM and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor day 11 AM - 7 PM
The day after Labor Day until May 1st the Petting Zoo is closed for the season.
Things to See and Do!
* Gilbertson Nature Center
Come and explore this fun and exciting hands on nature center. You can see and touch many
different wild animals that can be found in Iowa and other area's of our world.
* Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Building
This building is home to many different kinds of farm tools and antiques from over the last 150
* Hart Dummermuth Historical House
This home is a showcase of interesting antiques that would have been found in a farm home
between 1890's - 1900's. See furniture,household items, cooking utensils in a home setting that
shows how a family lived at the turn of the last century.
* Petting Zoo
Meet a goat face to face, pet a calf and have some fun. You can even adopt a new cute and cuddly
kittens, puppies and bunnies.
There are more than 5 miles of trails throughout Gilbertson Park including easements on
neighboring private property. You can walk, hike, run, bike and horse back ride. In the winter time
you can even cross-country ski or snowshoe.
Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
All trails are closed to equestrian and bike riders during extreme wet conditions.
Part of the GCEA are open to public hunting so please be careful, watch for hunters, and if
possible wear blaze orange while you are on the trails during hunting season.
* The Fishing Pond
Originally stocked with large mouth bass, blue gill and channel catfish. This pond is a great place
for all ages to just sit back and catch a few.
This area provides a nice shelter house with 6 big picnic tables and a fire grill. You can put in or
take out your canoe or tubes here, fish for a while, play on the playground, go potty in the pit toilets,
and even pitch a tent on one of 8 great riverview tent camping sites.
* Equestrian Camp Area
To use this area please contact the Gilbertson Nature Center a few days to a week before you
would like to camp. The area is primitive featuring only picnic tables, fire rings and tie out posts.
You can drive back or walk back down to the modern campground bath house.
This side of the campground features a handicapped accessible bathhouse with flush toilets,
sinks, and showers. There are 28 electrical hook up sites, a dump station, and water fill up sites.
Fayette County Conservation Board’s
Calendar of Events
For more information about the events listed below contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental
Education Coordinator, Gilbertson Nature Center, 22580 A Avenue, Elgin, Iowa 52141,
Telephone (563) 426 – 5740, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Dummermuth Farm Museum Building
|Fun for the
|Shelter House along the Turkey River
|Hart Dummermuth House Museum
|Turkey River Rustic Camping
|The Gilbertson Conservation Education Area is now part of the
National Park Service Visitor Program!!!!
The Gilbertson Conservation Area
is a place where you can collect a National Park Service
(NPS) Passport Cancellation Stamp. The GCEA joins
other Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA)
partner sites that have a NPS Passport
Cancellation Stamp available. So come to the Gilbertson
Nature Center during regular hours or by appointment to
collect your NPS Passport Cancellation Stamp.
The NPS Passport Cancellation Stamp is a voluntary program that
nearly all parks within the NPS participate. Visitors can purchase
their official NPS Passport and start recording their visit to a NPS
site by stamping their passport with a rubber cancellation stamp.
The cancellations, similar to those received in an international
passport, record the name of the park and the date it was visited.
There are currently over 500 sites within the NPS that participate in the
NPS Passport Program. Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage
Area is one of 27 federally designated heritage areas in the
nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The
Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of
Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35
borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and
events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural
communities – past and present.
|The Park with something for everyone!
|Special LINKS for you:
|Gilbertson Nature Center