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Threshold Learning Center

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22 reviews
· Zearing, Iowa
28 acres
2 sites
1 Lodging
1 Tent
Threshold Learning Center is 28 acres of prairie, creek, woods, and our barn dormitory.  Threshold is first, an outdoor learning center for schools during the school year, and a summer camp offering several day camps, family camps, and trips.  As a non-profit, however, we are constantly trying to find a way to  offer our programs to everyone regardless of whether they are able to pay our fees while still making enough money to stay open.  We started renting TLC to the public 5 years ago for weddings, reunions, or just families who are looking to connect to the world around them.  Our motto is "No Child Left Inside" and we want every inner child to enjoy what we have at TLC.  We have 7 bedrooms in our dormitory, 5 camp sites, a large camp fire ring, a mini-golf course, and we are always willing to lead your group in an educational experience or take you on a hayrack ride.
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Zearing, Iowa, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Gretta R.Joined in August 2018
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27 ratings · 22 reviews
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Shannon K.recommends
June 26, 2022
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Great Stay!
Perfect stay! Beautiful and peaceful. Great stop on our trip. Gretta let our girls use the arts and crafts on a rainy night and all the amenities were a welcome addition to our stay. Would stay again without hesitation.
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Hillary R.recommends
July 13, 2021
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Perfect location for a little getaway. Loved the open spaces outside and especially the fire pit. Gretta made everything so easy- we will definitely be back!!!
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Brenda S.recommends
June 27, 2021
TLC Camping
I very much enjoyed my stay at TLC! I was looking for a quiet weekend and TLC was the perfect place. The TLC property is wonderful. Gretta and the on-site hosts were also wonderful and very accommodating. There’s also a county park with a lake about 1/2 mile away. My dog and I went for a couple walks over there. I will definitely try to get back to TLC again and recommend others check it out!
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Erica O.recommends
May 9, 2021
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
This was our second hipcamp experience. This was a nice place to stay. We enjoyed ourselves. The host is super nice. The barn itself is really neat. The bathroom was clean. It was raining when we were here so we did not get to enjoy the fire pit or the outdoor areas. She supplied the blankets and bath towels, there was hand soap and bath soap. The barn has an upstairs loft that was real neat too. It was chilly at night when we were there, and she supplied a heater for our room and the barn itself has heat as well. We were there in off season, so things were very quiet. We only stayed one night but would defintely stay there again if we are ever in the area. Thank you for a lovely stay!!
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Lindsey M.recommends
April 8, 2021
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Gretta and her family were amazing hosts! We had such a great time in the barn. The fire pit is an awesome space, and we were so happy with how welcoming they were to our dogs. Highly recommend this location if you're looking for an escape.
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Sasha M.recommends
October 14, 2020
TLC Camping
We were the only campers and had full access to all facilities, and welcomed by very nice folks and invited to use the wood on site to build a fire. We ended up leaving quite early as the wind kicked up, but a lovely place not too far out of the way.
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Christine M.recommends
October 4, 2020
TLC Camping
Wonderful
Gretta was a delight. Very friendly and welcoming. The camp site was perfect. We felt comfortable and safe during our entire stay. I will definitely be back!
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Ilan I.recommends
September 15, 2020
TLC Camping
Wonderful site, friendly hosts, and excellent amenities! Couldn’t ask for more.
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Drew L.recommends
August 31, 2020
TLC Camping
Beautiful campsite outside of Des Moines with lovely owners! So accommodating and wonderful. Thanks for everything!
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Candi B.recommends
August 16, 2020
TLC Camping
Wonderful hosts!
This stay was perfection! I ended up arriving really late (around 10pm). Gretta stayed in communication with me throughout the day, and after it ended up getting stormy, she let me stay in the barn dorm rooms instead of having to set up camp in the rain at night. That was so generous and much appreciated! In the morning my dogs got to stretch their legs and run around the farm while I made breakfast outside on the picnic tables. Perfect, relaxing, and calm place to camp. Highly recommend!
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Celina S.recommends
July 12, 2020
TLC Camping
Great hosts and star gazing!
We stopped here overnight while on a road trip. We ended up getting in later than expected after traveling and when we arrived there was a fire in the fire pit waiting for us which was an incredibly nice surprise! They have a great fire pit with benches and you’ll want to spend some time here enjoying the incredible night sky. We have never seen a more star filled sky than we did staying here! It was breathtaking. If we were ever in the area again I’d definitely stay another time!
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Sarah G.recommends
July 11, 2020
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Such a spacious and cute space! Worked out perfectly for a small bachelorette party in the midst of Covid. One thing to note is the kids classes are still in session during the week. They wiped everything down before we entered the space and there was a full kitchen and living room area to hang out in. I would just be wary if you're trying to be completely distanced. You can see the stars by the campfire at night. It's the quintessential Iowa campout spot.
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Kyle R.recommends
July 5, 2020
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Great spot for families
Such a great spot in the country. We all loved the barn and wide open spaces. Hosts were great too
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Kayley B.recommends
July 3, 2020
TLC Camping
TLC Camping is a wonderful, quiet spot perfect for anyone looking to stay over in Central Iowa. Gretta is friendly, thoughtful, with good communication.
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Arial M.recommends
June 30, 2020
TLC Camping
Lovely
Very lovely little area. They made us a fire. We explored the running creek and the fireflies were plentiful. The facilities were nicely kept and the barn was gorgeous.
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Leigh M.recommends
June 19, 2020
TLC Camping
Perfect Road Trip Stayover
Gretta was accommodating to my uncertain schedule since I was on a road trip. She welcomed me as soon as I arrived and I was so greatful she had a log teepee waiting for me to light because I was way too tired to build a fire. I took my dog for a walk in the morning around the beautiful grassy property and the trail was nicely mowed. Plenty of sites to choose from that were perfectly flat! In the morning, the caretaker checked on me and wished me well on the rest of my journey. I will probably stop here on my way back!
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Kristin S.recommends
June 17, 2020
TLC Camping
Our hosts were very friendly, yet respectful of our privacy. TLC has a nice variety of campsites to chose, from prairie to wooded area by the creek. We appreciated the communal campfire site and wood included! Definitely would stay again.
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Brandon S.recommends
June 6, 2020
TLC Camping
Great hideaway. Beautiful area. Loved our trip.
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Erin A.recommends
August 6, 2019
TLC Camping
Great Night in Iowa
Gretta and her team made us feel right at home. They took us for a tour of the property, let us see inside their amazing repurposed grain silo house, and were so welcoming. We were the only campers and there were no classes going on so it was very private. We had our choice of campsites between right by the barn and fire pit or down further in the wooded area. It was just what we needed for a one-night stopover. We would definitely stay there again!
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Cory W.recommends
August 3, 2019
TLC Camping
Perfect,
It was great!
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Erik M.recommends
July 9, 2019
TLC Barn Dormitory & Camping
Relaxing, spacious and fun!
Our family enjoyed a long weekend and had a great time. The accommodations were exactly how they were described. We had space to prepare our meals, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. Can't wait to come back.
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Taylor Nicole F.recommends
June 17, 2019
TLC Camping
The sweetest hosts EVER. Such an awesome little site and would totally stay again
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