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Kuehn Conservation Area & Nature Center
32828 Houston Trail
Earlham, IA 50072
Natural Area: Birding, Camp, Fish, Hike, Picnic, Walk
The Kuehn Conservation Area is located 5 1/2 miles north of Earlham. The Kuehn area includes native and re-established prairie, riparian and upland forests, a nature center, unique geological formations, archaeological sites and interpretive trails. The sandbars provide beautiful resting spots for viewing wildlife while hiking or canoeing the south Raccoon River. Hunting is permitted in designated areas only. Thousands of school children visit the Bear Creek Nature Center, located at the Kuehn conservation Area. There are many displays about wildlife at the center, as well as an indoor classroom. The diversity of plant and animal life allows for a variety of public environment programs. Bird watching hikes, prairie hikes, geological and archaeological programs and aquatic programs are a few of the educational opportunities available to the public. Primitive camping is allowed only in the designated areas of the park. No motor vehicles are allowed to the camp sites, so campers should come prepared to hike from the parking lot to the camp sites. Camping fees are $8 per tent per night. Up to four sites in Area #1 are reservable. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance and there is a $5.00 reservation fee per site. The Kuehn Conservation Area is open 1/2 hour before sunrise until 10:00 p.m. daily. The Bear Creek Nature Center is open by appointment only.