The Four Mounds Foundation was founded as a non-profit organization [501(c)3] in 1987 as a means for managing and stewarding a generous gift of property willed to the City of Dubuque from the estate of Elizabeth Adams Burden upon her passing in 1982. The Burden family had a vision for the 54 acres of scenic river view property they called their family home—that it might be preserved for the public good and utilized for educational purposes. The Four Mounds Foundation exists to perpetuate that vision through the preservation of the property's natural resources, the restoration of its historically significant buildings and the operation of its vocational at-risk youth program. Four Mounds operates a variety of youth programming including the HEART program, Adventure Day Camp, and work with Hillcrest & Juvenile Courts. We actively protect over 120 acres of blufflands along the Mississippi. We offer the following services: Inn & Conference Center, Challenge Ropes Course, Winter Farmers' Market, and community restoration. The site is open to the public as Iowa's only remaining intact gentleman's farm.