Thursday, May 22, 2014

Opening for the Season!!!!

Gilbertson Nature Center
Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Hart Dummermuth Historical House
Petting Zoo
OPEN for the Season
Saturday, May 24, 2014

    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 26, 2014 and Monday, September 1, 2014, 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 1, 2014.  The petting zoo will not be open during inclement weather.

      Starting on September 2, 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 

TAKO and FCCB to host Youth Fishing Event

Saturday, June 7, 2014
9 AM - 1 PM
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Pond

ELGIN – Free fishing weekend in Iowa is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than to take a kid fishing?

    Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the Fayette County Conservation Board (FCCB) invites area families to join them Saturday, June 7 at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area fishing pond east of Elgin. The event will start at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until 1 p.m. Lunch will be available. Adults can join in the fishing fun or just help their kids. Participants can bring their own equipment, and a limited number of rods and reels will be available for check out during the event. A limited about of worms will also be available. For those who are new to the sport or who need a refresher, a basic casting practice will be offered.

    June 6-8 is Free Fishing Days in Iowa. The annual event hosted by Iowa Department of Natural Resources gives all Iowa residents a chance to experience fishing without having to purchase a license. The event is only for Iowa residents, and all other fishing regulations must be obeyed.

    For more information, call the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or email

    Participants should dress for the weather, bring bug repellant, suntan lotion, water to drink, and anything else needed to be comfortable in the outdoors. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital camera and/or binoculars. TAKO is dedicated to encouraging outdoor encounters for children with the adults in their lives, so children must be accompanied by an adult.

    TAKO is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2006. TAKO, based in Fayette County, is dedicated to providing immersive outdoor experiences, activities and education to children and people of all ages in the great outdoors. Please "like us" on Facebook and watch for updates/cancellations on Facebook and the TAKO website at

    For questions regarding the information in this release or TAKO in general, please contact Amelia Holden-McMurray at 319-230-5427 or

Fayette County Conservation Boards 2014 Camping Season Costs

Season Passes for 2014
$350.00 for the 2014 Camping Season

Camping Season Coupon Book 2014
$150.00 for 11 nights of camping for the 2014 Camping Season

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

Goeken Park
Twin Bridges Park
Echo Valley State Park