The Springbrook Conservation Education Center (CEC) will close on March 13 and discontinue educational programming as part of the DNR’s effort to streamline its state parks operations.

Springbrook State Park will remain open and daytime educational programs will be offered there. CEC staff will be used to develop and coordinate programs at the park and further educational programming within the State Parks Bureau.

Todd Coffelt, Iowa DNR State Parks Bureau Chief says “The decision to close the education center was a very difficult one, but ultimately we feel it is the correct one. We are confident that with the daytime activities in our state parks, the other DNR education programs, and the outstanding education outreach efforts of our county conservation boards and other conservation education partners, both public and private, we can fill the void left by this decision and meet the needs of our schools and public.“

DNR staff are currently reaching out to groups with existing reservations to help fulfill their needs with other options. For questions about existing reservations and future daytime programming only, contact staff at 641-747- 8383 or