Whitham Woods: Tree Hike.. Saturday, May 20th:10:00 a.m. Whitham Woods, located one mile west of Fairfield on Highway 34, is the original site of the C.W. Whitham Nursery. Join the park naturalist for an introduction to just a handful of the over 100 species of trees that can be found here. This hike, which is co-sponsored by the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners program, will last an hour. Participants should meet near the parking lot. No fee.
Kayak! Monday, June 12th 3:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at kayaking? You don’t want to go on a long paddle you just want to see what it feels like? On this day we’ll be offering five one-hour sessions for adults. We’ll take four participants per sessions and show them a few basic skills to get them started. Then they’ll have a chance to practice their new skills on the pond. Meets at Shelter #3 in Jefferson County Park. Fee: $2. When you call to register please let us know what time you’d prefer. All participants must wear a life jacket, which will be provided for you.
Iowa Turtles. Thursday, June 29th 7:00 p.m. Come join fisheries biologist Chad Dolan as he shares his knowledge of our Iowa turtles. From turtle identification and life history to surveying techniques both kids and adults will love his program. Meets at the gazebo near Shelter #3 in Jefferson County Park. There is no fee involved and registration is not required.
Summer Programs for Youth. We've just begun planning for our summer program for kids and although we don't have anything on the schedule for July or August yet click here to see the Summer Programs for June. (a PDF).
Des Moines River Water Trail Programs. Jefferson County Conservation has once again partnered with the Iowa DNR to provide activities on or along the Des Moines River. Naturalist Brittney Tiller has planned ten activities from July through October. Click here to see the List of 2017 Des Moines River Water Trail Programs. (a PDF).
Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.