Monday, April 22, 2019

Fayette County Conservation Board Park 2019 Session Camping Rate's

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gouldsburg Park

$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity

$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Only

Dutton’s Cave Park
Goeken Park

Twin Bridges Park

$10.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity

Echo Valley State Park


Monday, April 30, 2018

Fayette County Conservation Board 2018 Camping Season Rates

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gouldsburg Park

$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity
$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson

Dutton’s Cave Park
Twin Bridges Park

$8.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity

Goeken Park
Echo Valley State Park


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WANTED! Parks and Roadside Seasonal Staff

Are You Still Looking for a Summer Job?

The Fayette County Conservation Board has:


Salary $8-$10

FCC is seeking applicants for summer seasonal positions. Staff will perform park maintenance, guest services, burn, spray, seed and mow roadsides, and enjoy a summer outdoors. Successful candidates should plan on working hard and not taking a summer vacation.

A degree or enrollment in a conservation related field is preferred. Experience operating mowers, tractors and related equipment, and power tools is a plus.

To Apply
Send resume and application to Fayette County Conservation, 18673 Lane Rd, Fayette, IA 52142 or call 563-422-5146 for more information.

Application for Employment:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hunter Education Safety Class 2018

Hunter Education Safety Class

Gilbertson Nature Center

Saturday, April 7, 2018,
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Participants must Pre-Register by April 4, 2018 to be able to participate in the class.

Participants must Pre-Register on line by going to the following link:
Once you or your child are registered online to take the class please remember to contact the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail:, to make arrangements on how to get a study guide to do the required chapter reviews for the first day of class.
Hunter Safety Education Class is required according to Iowa law; any one born after January 1, 1972 is required to complete and pass a Hunter Education Safety Class to be able to purchase an Iowa Hunting License.  This certification will also meet the requirements of other states.

Participants must be a minimum of 11 years of age.

This is a Regular Classroom Hunter Education Safety Class NOT an Internet Field Test.

Attendance is required for each of the full two days!

For information call Dawn at the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail:

Friday, September 15, 2017

Maize Maze Afternoon Outing

3 to 4 hour field trip at the Maze

1. First 1/2 hour, learn about how our ancestors prepared, planted, and harvested corn presented by Larverne Swenson.

2. Next 1/2 hour pick and shell your own Popcorn and pick your own colored Indian Corn.

3. Second 1 hour: Solve the maze as you find 15 mail boxes and get answers to 3 quizzes 915 questions each) about chickens, turkeys, and NE Iowa.

4. After the maze: 1/2 hour solving 5 mini mazes.

5. Close with 1 hour around the fire ring enjoying S'mores, Hot dogs, etc. (We provide the fire ring, wood, roasting sticks. You provide you and your groups food and drinks.)

Come around 3:30 - 4 PM after school and leave before dark 7:30 PM or so.

Cost: $5.00 per person

Please Schedule:
Text or call: 563-419-1133

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Maize Maze

The CHC Maize Maze, ½ mile east of Elgin, is again planning to open for the 20th year on Tues.July 18. This will be the 18th year at Gilbertsons.  The theme is “AMAZING IOWA FOWL” and will promote and tell the story of the chicken and turkey, and  their  importance to agriculture since farming was started by our ancestors in the 1800”s.

The maze will be open Saturday, and Sunday, July 29 and Sunday July 30. And each weekend till Halloween. will be open Monday, Sept.4, Labor Day.

Cost is free for children age 4 and under.
Age 5 to 11- $5.
Age 12 and over cost is $7.

Free-1 dozen eggs at TICO for anyone that pays the $5 to go through the maze.

Groups any time, day or night BY APPOINTMENT.
Field trips that include the Gilbertson Nature Center, petting zoo and historical barns can be scheduled  for any time.
CALL 563-419-1133.
Web site

The maze was designed by maze master, Laverne Swenson
At the maze you can solve the maze and find 15 mailboxes with answers to questions about IOWA fowl, Iowa crops, historical places in NE Iowa and other interesting and educational facts.  Also placed in the maze are 30 pictures of chicken and turkey info, so a total of 75 things can be found if you can manage getting lost and then solving it. Field trips starting Sept.1 include picking your own popcorn and Indian corn and hearing about how corn was planted 100 years ago. This includes demonstrating old machinery used at that time.  

Maze address is 22580 A.Ave.Elgin, Iowa. At the Gilbertson center is also a fishing pond, 5 miles of hiking and horse riding trails, a nature center and farm tool museum, a camp ground and Turkey river access. Phone 563 426 5740.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 OPEN for the Season!

Gilbertson Nature Center
Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Hart Dummermuth Historical House
Petting Zoo
OPEN for the Season

    The Gilbertson Conservation Education Area’s Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House and Petting Zoo will OPEN to the general pubic.

    They will be OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM or by appointment.

    They will be open Monday, May 27, 2017 and Monday, September 4, 2017, 11 AM - 7 PM.

    Date and Times subject to change by management.

      The petting zoo’s last day open to the general public will be September 4, 2017.  The petting zoo will not be open during inclement weather.

      Starting on September 5, 2014 the building will only be open when the Maize Maze opens them or by appointment.

      If you have a group that would like to visit please make an appointment one to two weeks in advance of the visit by calling the Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or