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Springbrook Education Center


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Call 641-747-8383 or e-mail us at

In case of emergency contact AJay Winter: 515-669-7201

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Springbrook Conservation Education Center

2473 160th Rd. Guthrie Center, IA 50115

    An Iowa winter is a time of contrasts; beautiful sunny days with forty degree temperatures followed by nights when the swirling winds feel forty degrees below zero. Imagine being a critter that has to deal with such conditions on a 24 hour basis! While some of Springbrook's inhabitants wait it out below the surface of the  ground, under the ice of the frozen pond or deep inside a hollow log, others have already begun to nest. Owls nest during January and February, which allows the young to have more success learning to hunt in the early spring, when prey species are more plentiful and easier to find. 

   Winter here has been filled with countless songbirds, (and a few predators) frequenting the feeders. On a given day we may find five species of woodpecker as well as titmice, nuthatches, chickadees and several types of finch vying for sunflower seeds, along with deer and the occasional opossum. This time of year the less energy spent gathering food the better!

   Springbrook is alive and well in the winter! Students arrive, dressed in layers of colorful coats, hats, scarves, boots and mittens. They follow tracks through the woods in search of clues, dangle wax worms through holes in the ice and aim arrows at bulls-eye targets, warm air steaming from excited smiles. Tomorrow holds a lesson in survival, and this Winter Springbrook allows us to be a little more aware of the importance of a wind-proof shelter, a fire started with a bow drill, a well thought out plan. 

You are more than welcome to join us, either with a group or solo to hike the trails for discoveries of your own.  Be sure to check out upcoming camp/workshop opportunities at:

Why Springbrook?

"According to a national study, 100% of schools with environment-based learning had students with improved behavior, attendance and attitudes relative to traditional schools." - SEER

Our Mission:

Promoting participation in the outdoors through education and involvement with the cooperation of individuals, schools, and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and insure a legacy for future generations.

Springbrook Welcome Brochure

Education Outreach Opportunities


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Springbrook Reservation Information

Thank you for your interest in the Springbrook Conservation Education Center!  Below you will find information and downloadable forms that will help you plan your stay. 

Welcome Letter

Visitor Rules

Reservation Information

Fee Schedule

Cafeteria Prices - Menu for K12 School Groups

Cafeteria Prices - Menu for Non School Groups

Meal Reservation Form

Day Use and/or Lodging Reservation Form

Day Use and/or Lodging Reservation Form