Programs & Exhibits

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In addition to public programming provided throughout the year, Forest Park Museum offers a variety of historical and cultural programs for presentation to school groups, civic organizations, nursing homes, and other interested parties.

Bring your group to Forest Park or have one of our naturalists visit your organization for a personalized experience of Dallas County's unique cultural heritage.

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The exhibit halls of Forest Park Museum are constantly undergoing updates and improvements. In Hastie and Baldwin Halls, graphic panels highlight topics such as farming, business, child labor, and railroads. In addition to perennial favorites, collections and interpretations are rotated throughout the season.

Grand Army of the Republic UniformThe GAR: Grand Army of the Republic Post in Redfield houses a fine collection of military artifacts with Dallas County significance, and is a must-see for the military enthusiast.

Visit Voas Museum to view a collection of rocks, fossils, and minerals from across the United States and around the world. Rare native elements, dynamic quartz specimens, and fossils are on exhibit.

Come back often -- there’s always something new to see!

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Turtle Exhibit at Forest Park Museum

        A special traveling turtle exhibit can now be seen at Forest Park Museum. This interesting exhibit is from the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. Funding was provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program.

            This display features hands on activities, two live turtles and many interesting facts about these unique creatures. Most people are unaware of the important role turtles play in ecosystems around the world. Many turtle species, including some in Iowa, are threatened with extinction. “Turtles!” explains the lifecycles and threats facing these animals in a way the entire family will enjoy. Please come enjoy this free exhibit!  

          Forest Park Museum is located south of Perry, Iowa off of highway 141 on K Avenue. For additional information please contact the Conservation Board Office between 8 am and 4:30 pm at (515) 465-3577.       

For more information, or to register for any of our programs and events:

Dallas County Conservation Board 
14581 K Ave. 
Perry, Iowa 50220 
515-465-3577 
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov

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