|FAYETTE COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARDS
2013 CAMPING SEASON FEES
Season Passes for 2013
$350.00 for the 2013 Camping Season
Camping Season Coupon Book 2013
$150.00 for 11 nights of camping for the 2013
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 2013
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.
|Nature Center Building
|Dummermuth Farm Museum Building
|Fun for the
|Shelter House along the river
|Hart Dummermuth House Museum
|Camping along the Turkey River
|Rustic camping area along the Turkey
|Building Locations At Gilberston Area.
1. Nature Center Building
2. Dummermuth Building
3. Hart Dummermuth House
4. Administration Building
5. Petting Zoo
6. West Pond
7. East Pond
8. Parking Areas
|Entire Property Map.
Gilbertson Conservation Area
Map at Right -
1. Paved Trail - A quarter-mile cement trail
located along the scenic Turkey River.
2. Turkey River Canoe Access - A canoe launch,
shelter house, pit toilets, a water fill up site,
primitive camping area, and playground
equipment are in this area.
3. Gilbertson Campground - 28 electrical hook up
gravel pad sites, dump station, water fill up
sites, a bathhouse with sinks, showers, and
4. Demonstration Plots - A joint effort with the
Iowa State University Extension, these plots
show different methods of conservation tillage.
5. Equestrian Campground. Please call the
Nature Center to arrange camping here.
6. Historic House - This brick home was build in
7. Historical Area - This site contains a saw mill
built in the 1930's.
8. Petting Zoo - This handicap accessible zoo
contains domestic and farm animals for everyone
9. Visitor Centers - The Gilbertson Nature Center
features many different displays to help explain
our natural world. The Nature Center has many
different touchable items and several live
animals to meet. The Mavis & Conner
Dummermuth Historical Building has a wonderful
collection of farm and home antiques for all ages
to see. The Hart Dummermuth Historical House
has been set up to depict a farm home between
1890 - 1900's. The Nature Center and two
historical buildings are handicap accessible.
10. Park Ranger's Residents - A Fayette County
Conservation Board Park Ranger lives on site to
help with the maintenance and protection of the
11. Wetland - These wetlands provide excellent
habitat for area and migrating wildlife.
12. Pond - This pond contains largemouth bass,
bluegill, and channel catfish. All state fishing
regulations apply and bass must be 15" or larger
13. Wildlife Food Plot.
14. River Access - There is a parking area and
many people find it a great place to fish along
the Turkey River
|East End of Gilbertson
Conservation Education Area - Map
at Right -
1. Gilbertson Nature Center.
2. Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical
3. Hart Dummermuth Historical House.
4. Park Ranger's Residence.
5. Petting Zoo.
8. Parking Lots.
9. Maintenance Buildings = DO NOT ENTER!
10. Maize Maze
| 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:
The 2011 Corn Maze
|Gilbertson Nature Center
|Gilbertson Conservation Area
Full area map
Saturday January 26,2013 = "Winter Fun" sponsored by TAKO (Take a Kid
Outdoors) Heritage Farm Park, Clermont
Cross Country Ski Clinics, 10:00 am - 11:45 am & 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Please contact (563) 426-5740 or email email@example.com for more
Saturday, February 2, 2013 = "Snow Fun", Osborne Nature Center,
10:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cross-country Skiing Clinics and Snow shoeing Clinics are being offered.
Cost $1.00 per person. Please contact (563) 245-1516 to preregister for
one or more of these two clinics.
Hunter Safety Class, Gilbertson Nature Center, Saturday March 9, 2013
8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday May 10, 2013 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Participants must be 11 years or older, they must attend both days for the
full time. Preregister by calling (563) 426-5740 or email
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 = Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis &
Conner Dummermuth Hitorical House and Hart Dummermuth Historical
House. Open By Appointment for scheduled field trip groups only.
Saturday, May 25, 2012 = Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis &
Conner Dummermuth Hitorical House and Hart Dummermuth Historical
House. Open for the summer season.
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday, May 27, = Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis & Conner
Dummermuth Hitorical House and Hart Dummermuth Historical House.
Open for Memorial Day.
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 2013 = Free Fishing
Weekend, Iowa Residents Only
Saturday, June 8, 2013 = Fishing with TAKO, Volga River State Park,
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
TBA = Cache the Treature's of Fayette County, Gilbertson Conservation
Education Area, Gilbertson Nature Center
TBA = Country Heritage Maize Maze Opens, Contact: 563-419-1133
Monday, September 2. 2013 = The last day the Petting Zoo is open for the
The Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical
House and Hart Dummurmuth Historical House will be open when the Maize
Maze opens the buildings or By Appointment Only.
TBA = Haunted Maize Maze, Contact: 563-419-1133