Swiss Valley Nature Center



Swiss Valley Nature Preserve Features

  • 476 acres of woodlands and prairies
  • Nature Center with interpretive displays concerning the wildlife, ecology, and natural history of the Swiss Valley area
  • Over 10 miles of self-guiding nature and hiking trails that radiate outward from the center through the forest, prairie, and wetland areas
  • Catfish Creek, which meanders through the preserve, is stocked with trout by the Iowa DNR each year
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Outdoor education programs
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Free snowshoe rental
  • Conservation Board Headquarters


The preserve and the interpretive center are open year round except for holidays.

Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset.
Center hours are 7:00 to 3:30 Monday through Friday and 9:00 to 5:00 on weekends.

Special programs for groups can be arranged by calling (563) 556-6745. Seasonal weekend public hikes and educational programs are listed on our calendar of events