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Jefferson County Conservation Board, Fairfield, Iowa
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What's New - Upcoming Programs

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Fall Trail Drive Thru Sunday, October 21st: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This fall our annual trail drive thru will start off Hwy 1 at the Maasdam Barns. Drivers will then follow the Loop Trail for three miles until they reach the Cedar View Trail. Once on the Cedar View Trail they will head west, cross over the bypass and the Cedar Creek Bridge and exit at 223rd Street. If the weather is dry participants will have the option of following 223rd to Hackberry (dirt road) and out to Hemlock (all of which is part of Cedar View Trail.) This once-a-year drive-thru is a favorite for many people, especially those individuals who are not able to walk or bike our beautiful trails.

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

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Naturalist Led Programs: What We Offer

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The Jefferson County Conservation Board offers a variety of outdoor-related programs each year. During the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, 3903 individuals took part in naturalist programs. The bulk of that number was school group related. (Every classroom in the Fairfield School District makes a trip to Jefferson County Park as part of their curriculum.) Teachers have an opportunity to take part in a field trip that can help expand what they are studying in the classroom and in the process give the kids a hands-on, in-touch-with-nature experience. To schedule a field trip for your classroom contact Therese by calling 641-472-4421 or e-mail her at therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

Naturalist-led programs are also offered for the general public throughout the year. The programming varies from cultural history related programs such as basket making, maple syruping and the annual Dutch Oven Cook Off to outdoor recreation classes such as canoeing and kayaking. Natural history related programs make up the bulk of the naturalist-led programs for the public and might include an indoor class on pond management or outdoor hikes and trips to go wildlife watching, stargazing, or rock hunting. You can learn about upcoming programs by visiting this website, e-mailing therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list or by looking up Jefferson County Conservation on Facebook.

Church groups, clubs and other organizations interested in a naturalist-led hike or presentation can contact the naturalist by phone (472-4421) or e-mail. Currently there is no fee charged for these programs unless there are supplies involved (i.e. basket making); or if the naturalist has to travel out of county, mileage may be charged.

 
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Nature Talk... by Therese Cummiskey

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 11-10-17

 

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Entomologist Moni Hayne.
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Garter Snake on Sycamore.
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