(37 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)

365 acres, over 70 species of prairie grasses planted, oak/hickory forest, riparian forest, walnut plantation, oak savanna and woodland. Mission is to preserve and, through restoration, recreate a part of Iowa’s vanishing natural heritage, providing a resource for Grinnell College, local schools, environmental groups, clubs, and the general public. Hiking on marked trails and mowed firebreaks encouraged, may leave trails but not to enter experimental plots, dogs on leash may accompany hikers. Bicycles may be used on roads and mowed firebreaks but not on woodland trails. Wind turbine can produce over 90% of the Environmental Education Center (7,000 sq. feet) energy needed. Tours are provided each year for Grinnell alumni, visiting scholars, perspective students and faculty, K-12 students in local schools, conservation organizations, and the general public, and the lab facility is used to conduct field-based workshops open to the public.

11203 S 12th Ave. E
Kellogg, IA 50135
CERA Manager Larissa Mottl:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekend tours can be accommodated if arrangements made 1-2 weeks in advance.

Kellogg Historical Museum

View the results of what a small town with a big dream can do. Nestled on the side of a hill, the town boasts an eight-building museum complex which includes the main two-story building, a factory/bank museum, a country school, a church, a blacksmith shop, and a two-story brick building which was a former locker (1909) which had apartments above it. A barn behind the hotel houses many farm-related items, along with a 1944 LA John Deere tractor and a 1950 Studebaker pickup. There is also an open shed area with larger farm implements from bygone eras. Kellogg prospered with the coming of the train, and the track ended here for several years, returning East by using a round-table. The two-story museum was the former Simpson Hotel, built in 1909 after the great fire swept the business district in 1908 to house the many passengers arriving here from the East by train.

218 High Street
Kellogg, IA 50135