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What's New - Upcoming Programs


Summer Programs. For a list of nature and outdoor related activities for kids (and adults) this summer see: Our May Newsletter (a PDF). Except for Bug Week activities (see below) all programs require pre-registration. Call Therese at 472-4421 or e-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

Going Buggy. Wednesday, July 18: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. It's Bug Week and this Ultimate Bug Scavenger Hunt with Bug Lady Moni Hayne is open to everyone. You don't have to have kids to participate but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. We'll team up and head on out in search of critters from the top eight insect groups. No fee & pre-registration is NOT required. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center.

Beetlemania. Thursday, July 19th: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. 12,000 different species of beetles can be found in the United States! Come learn about these fascinating insects. Open to everyone. You don't have to have kids to participate but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. This is a Bug Week activity with Bug Lady oni Hayne. No fee & no registration required. (The evening Beetlemania is geared more for adults.) Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center.

Dragonflies and Damselflies. Saturday, July 21: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. These fascinating insects have names like Calico Pennant, Widow Skimmer, and Blue-fronted Dancer. Come learn about their life cycle and how to identify some of the local species. Starts at the nature center in Jefferson County Park and then we'll head outdoors. This is a Bug Week activity with Bug Lady Moni Hayne. Open to everyone. You don't have to have kids to participate but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. No fee & no registration required.

Insect Road Show. Sunday, July 22nd: 2:00 p.m. Do you have an insect in your garden and you don't know what it is? Then scoop it up in a jar and bring it out to the Jefferson County Park nature center and have entomologist MOni Hayne idetify it for you. You'll learn it's role in your backyard habitat. Geared towards adults. No fee & no registration required.

Prairie Stroll. Tuesday, July 24th: 5:15 p.m. Prairie enthusiasts will love this opportunity to see the prairie through the eyes of M.J. Hatfield and Moni Hayne, looking at both the plants there and the insects that are a vital part of it. M.J. will start indoors at the Jefferson County Park nature center with a prairie insect presentation and then participants will head out to the nearby prairie with M.J. and Moni for a prairie plant and insect walk. This program which is geared for adults, is free to the public and requires no pre-registration. This is a special Bug Week activity.

Moth Night. Wednesday, July 25th: 10:00 p.m. OR 11:30 p.m. It's National Moth Week and we're offering two late night sessions for mothing. 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 .m. for those people who don't want to stay up too late. And from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for those who do! Each session begins in the nature center. You don't have to have kids to participate but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Come learn about the beauty and diversity of moths from entomologist Moni Hayne. She'll be joined this year by prairie insect enthusiast M.J. Hatfield No fee or pre-registration required.


Fairfield's Great Cardboard Regatta. Saturday, August 11th. Registration at 9:00 a.m. Regatta begins at 10:00 a.m.

Jefferson County Conservation and Fairfield Park and Rec are joining together for this summer's Cardboard Boat Regatta.

The Challenge? To design and construct a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard capable of racing a 200-yard course three times. The judges will be looking for lots of fun and interesting entries. Awards will recognize creative use of cardboard, team spirit, best- dressed team, spectacular designs, and more.

Boats need to be constructed in advance of the competition and must pass a technical inspection the morning of the event. No metal, wood, fiberglass resins, plastic or plastic epoxies, styrofoam, etc. are allowed in the construction of the boats. ONLY corrugated cardboard, duct tape, glue, latex caulking and outdoor paint allowed. (Polyurethane for a topcoat is optional)

Teams can be made up of two to 8 crew members. Kids 8 years and over can be on the crew but all crews must have an adult (18 years or older) in the boat during competition.


FEE: $5 for individuals, families, and youth non-profits (4- H & Scouts). $20 for organizations and businesses.

You can register the morning of the event. Meets at Bonnifield Lake (Waterworks Park) in Fairfield. Registration and boat inspection at 9:00 a.m. Races begin at 10:00


For more information: a printable flyer and tips for boat building Click here (a PDF).

FOR MORE INFORMATION Call Therese at 472-4421 or e-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com


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


Naturalist Led Programs: What We Offer


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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Eastern Chipmunk.


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