2016 Maize Maze - "Amazing Iowa Barns!"

    Fayette County Conservation is once again hosting the Maize Maze, now in its 17th Year!

This years theme is
"Amazing Iowa Barns!"

    The theme is “Amazing Iowa Barns” and will promote and tell the story of barns in Iowa and their importance to agriculture since farming was started by our ancestors in the 1800”s.

    The maze was designed by Lavern Swenson.

    The Maize Maze location offers all ages an opportunity to learn about the history of the local area and its agricultural roots.

    The Maize Maze represents the four counties of Northeast Iowa that make up the Country Heritage Community (CHC) = Fayette, Allamakee, Clayton, and Winneshiek.  

    Additional sponsors include Fayette County Conservation Board; Albert Lea Seed Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota; Federal Seed Corn Hybrids - Elgin, Iowa; Viafield Co-op - Clermont; Clayton County Farm Bureau, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Co-op, F & F Bank, Waukon, First Bank, West Union, Kerndt Bank, Lancing, Freedom Bank, Postville, Elgin Bank, Elgin, Fitsgerald Dairy Equip., Elkader, and Dairy Promotion Boards of NE Iowa.

    Country Heritage Community (CHC's) Maize Maze is located at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, just east of Elgin on Agate Road or County B64 

Opening Weekend Date:
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016

1 - 5 PM

Maize Maze - Across from the Gilbertson Nature Center located at 22580 A Ave., Elgin, Iowa 52141.

Go out of Elgin, Iowa on County Road B64 or Agate Road like you are going to Gunder, Iowa, turn left onto A Ave. and the Maize Maze will be on your left as you go around the corner.  Follow the road until you find the maize maze parking area entrance or park in the Gilbertson Nature Center parking lot which is on the right side of the road across from the maize maze.

Fun Event happening on the opening weekend only!
    Free ice cream, donated by Clayton County dairy promotion board will be available Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2.

Maize Maze Open for the Season Information:
Date open for August:
Every Saturday and Sunday
Until November 1, 2016

1 - 5 PM

Additional Dates and Times Open for the season:
Haunted Halloween Maize Maze TBA.

The Maize Maze can always be open by Appointment.  Just call 563-419-1133.

Admission Prices:
Free for children age 4 and under:
Age 5 to 11- $
Age 12 and over cost is $

Groups any time, day or night BY APPOINTMENT.
CALL 563-419-1133.
NOTICE EMAIL CHANGE- swenson.lagracia@gmail.com

Saturday night
Oct. 29
6 PM till 9 PM
Hot chocolate and apple cider
& hot dogs free

Must be with a school, a non-profit community organization OR church
Let me know what group they represent to get reimbursed

Web Site: http://www.iowamaizemaze.org

Additional Informational Contacts:
Gilbertson Nature Center  563-426-5740  gncfccb@alpinecom.net

Here is a link to the Maize Maze Field Trip Planning Guide:
PDF Document Form:

Word Document Form:

Maze Maize brochure:
Black and white version:

Color version:

Barn Photo or Barn Story Contest:
Here is a flyer about the Barn Photo or Barn Story Contest:

Attractions within walking distance of the Maize Maze:
Gilbertson Nature Center

Petting Zoo

Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Museum
a large collection of farm and home antiques.

Hart Dummermuth Historical House
an 1890's - 1920's farm home replica.

Fishing Pond = Large Mouth Bass, Blue Gill, Crappie, Catfish

Turkey River = Fishing, canoeing, tubeing and more
Walking, Hiking, Horseback Riding; Cross-country Skiing on Trails over 5 miles

Shelling Corn

Other Maze Games