Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center is nestled on 85 acres of reclaimed prairie land in Discovery Park off of Cedar St. and Highway 61. The center offers numerous natural history exhibits featuring live reptiles, amphibians, and fish of eastern Iowa. Discovery Park offers both paved and grass walking trails, two fishing ponds, and the Muscatine Arboretum.

FeaturesPhoto of elementary students at the Environmental Learning Center

  • Two 1200-gallon aquariums with native fish
  • Natural history exhibits featuring change in habitats and wildlife in Iowa
  • Live snakes and turtles on display
  • Outdoor live raptor enclosure
  • Outdoor landscaping with native plants
  • Certified Monarch Waystation site
  • Interactive / Hands-on displays
  • Over 100 mounted animals

Muscatine County Conservation Board

The center is also the main office of the Muscatine County Conservation Board which provides a variety of outdoor recreation and conservation education opportunities for people in Muscatine County and the surrounding area. Muscatine County Conservation manages 11 areas, offering a mix of day-use fishing, hunting, picnicking, and hiking including:
  • Cedar Bluffs Recreation Area
  • Discovery Park
  • Deep Lakes Park
  • Gedney Lake
  • Shuger Memorial Park
  • McKeown Bridge River Access
  • Nye Cemetary
  • Pike Run Wildlife Area
  • Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area
  • Shield Prairie
  • Richardson Wildlife Area


Information about the county conservation's areas, programs, and special services can be found on the website or by calling them at 563-264-5922. Visit their Facebook page.