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Fossil and Prairie Center

1227 215th Street

Floyd County is located in North-east Iowa and is home to the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center.

We currently manage 25 individual parks, preserves, natural areas and river accesses that encompass some 1,616 acres. The Winnebago, Shell Rock and Cedar Rivers cascade from across Floyd County and provide numerous water recreation opportunities.

Built on a brick and tile company’s abandoned clay pit, this Iowa park—just three hours from Macalester— is one of the few geological preserves in the United States that allows fossils to be collected for private use.


Joe Wells

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Interesting place. Nice trails around rolling prairie land. If you look hard you can find a fossil or two.

Matthew Fabiszak

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
We had a blast exploring and finding many small fossils with our three young children. Highly recommend! There are flushable toilets and a drinking fountain at the parking lot. Bring water for the hike around and fossil hunting.

Gail Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Love this place will definitely go back again.

Ryan Currens

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Tons of fossils you can't walk around without stepping on fossils great place to visit. My three-year-old was Finding fossils there so abundant.

Christopher White

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
This is a great place to collect fossils with kids. The fossils are loose on the surface and many of them are in good condition. My daughter wants to go back!

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