Bison Week

Join Jefferson County Conservation and the Carnegie Historical Museum as they team up to bring you ‘Bison Week’. Four different programs will be offered throughout the week at no charge to the public.

On Tuesday, October 25th ‘Land of the Bison’ will be held from 6:00-7:00pm at the Jefferson County Park Nature Center. We’ll explore the natural history of bison in the eastern tallgrass prairie and look at new findings from research in Iowa. Pete Eyheralde has been involved in bison ranching in southern Iowa for over 20 years and is an Associate Professor of Biology at William Penn University.

Head to the Carnegie Public Library on Wednesday, October 26th for second program of the week. The ‘Carnegie Buffalo: The Story Behind the Beast’ will be held from 10:00-11:00am at the Carnegie Historical Museum. Come learn the history of the iconic Carnegie Buffalo, its association with the Old Settlers Day, and how it ended up at the Carnegie Library.

‘Native Americans and Bison’ will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 6:00-7:00pm at the Jefferson County Park Nature Center. Join Cherrie Haury-Artz, Education Specialist with the Office of the State Archaeologist, as she shares how the Native Americans would utilize different parts of the bison.

The final program of the week is geared for children! Join Toad and Timberdoodle as they share with kids all the interesting adaptations of Bison. ‘Kid’s Corner: All About Bison’ will be held on Friday, October 28th from 10:00-11:00am at the Jefferson County Park Nature Center. This program is geared for children but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is scheduled during the Fairfield Community School District Teacher In-Service day.

This program is part of Bison Week co-sponsored by the Carnegie Historical Museum and Jefferson County Conservation. Bison Week is celebrating the new Bison head mount and hide donated to the Jefferson County Park Nature Center by Frank Redeker.

Pre-registration is not required for any of the events. For more information, please call (641)-472-4421 or email