Entries by Naturalist

Nature Center & Office Closed

The Nature Center and Office area are temporarily closed due to the office remodel project which will be happening throughout the Fall. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call (641)-472-4421 or email Info@JeffersonCountyConservation.com.

Camp Kyle wins Award

Camp Kyle was awarded the 2019 Chris Holt Youth Environmental Education Award for an outstanding environmental education program for youth. This award is sponsored by the Iowa Association of Naturalists and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition. Camp Kyle is a one-day program aimed at teaching the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts that your dreams are […]

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 […]

National Moth Night

National Moth Week is a worldwide citizen science project to study and record populations of moths. The annual event is held in the last week of July. It encourages scientists and non-scientists to participate in mostly night-time surveys of moths. Head to the official National Moth Week website for more information. Looking for a cute […]

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 […]