Entries by Naturalist

COVID-19 Update

Open Parks and Wildlife Areas Playgrounds Trails Modern Bathrooms Campgrounds– we are encouraging self-contained campers Cabins- require reservation made at least 24 hours prior to stay Shelters– Available for use with restrictions Nature Center– Not to exceed 50% capacity Things to Note: Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more Remember to stay home if […]

Virtual Fieldtrips

Virtual Fieldtrips, that was a phrase we knew nothing about two months ago. To adapt to a different spring than normal, staff created pre-recorded highlights of fieldtrips students would have gone on, then joined the classes via Zoom. It was not the same as an in-person fieldtrip but it was a great alternative. Overall, we […]

Neff Wetland/ Lamson Woods Trail Update

This spring the portion of the Fairfield Loop Trail that runs through Lamson Woods and Neff Wetland was closed due to the new sewer project. On Friday, May 15th,  Stephen Pedrick, engineer with French-Reneker and president of the Jefferson County Trails Council met with Naturalist Brittney Tiller on site to give an update on the […]

Zillman’s Pond Update

Zillman’s Hickory Hills- Pond Project The Jefferson County Conservation Board has received a grant through the Iowa DNR’s Fish Habitat Program to construct a two-acre pond. This will not only improve fishing opportunities, it will also make the area more attractive to many types of wildlife. The construction process includes significant logging, clearing, and earthwork. […]

Program Cancellations

All programs in April and May have been canceled in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. We will evaluate our June programs as they approach in accordance with the Governor’s recommendations. Public Programs Canceled: Hunter Education- April 4 Toddler Time- April 8 Spring Birding- Saturday, April 25 Toddler Time- Thursday, May 7 Wild […]

Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update: Open: Parks and Wildlife Areas Trails Campgrounds to self-contained campers only Closed: Playgrounds Modern Bathrooms Office/ Nature Center/ Shop Things to Note: Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more Stay home if you are sick The gate to the Jefferson County Park Picnic Area […]

Summer Camp Registration

Join Jefferson County Conservation for a summer of fun! We have a great line up sure to peak your outdoor adventurers’ interest! 4 & 5 Years                Caterpillar Camp                      FULL 1st-2nd Grade           Tadpole Camp […]

Conservation Board Meeting

Notice of Jefferson County Conservation Board Meeting A teleconference meeting of the Jefferson County Conservation Board will be held on Monday, April 6th to approve a contract with the DNR for a Fish Habitat Grant project. For more information, please call 472-4421.

April Board Meeting

The April Jefferson County Conservation Board meeting will be held by phone. Please contact Shawn Morrissey at 641-472-4421 by noon on April 29th to get access information.

Nature Center Temporarily Closed

For the health and safety of the community, Jefferson County Conservation has CLOSED the Nature Center, Office, and Shop to the public until further notice. Environmental Education programs are canceled through April 16th. Outdoor areas and trails are open to the public. Check back for future updates and thank you for understanding.