Thanks to KYOU for covering our Campground Openings in this video!


Join Jefferson County Conservation for a summer of fun! We have a great line up sure to peak your outdoor adventurers’ interest!

Registration opens April 1st

4 & 5 Years                Caterpillar Camp- FULL              June 1-4
4 & 5 Years                Caterpillar Camp- FULL              June 8-11
1st-2nd Grade           Tadpole Camp-FULL                   June 15-18 (Morning Session)
1st-2nd Grade           Tadpole Camp                               June 15-18 (Afternoon Session)
2nd-3rd Grade          Nature Detectives- FULL            June 29-July 2
3rd-4th Grade           Wild About Water- FULL            July 6-9
4th-5th Grade           Geology Rocks– FULL                   July 20-23
5th-6th Grade           Best of the Best- FULL                July 27-30
6th-7th Grade           Paddling Camp                             August 3-5
7th-9th Grade           Maquoketa Caves Adventure    July 14th


Please note:

  • You may only sign your child up for one camp during the month of April to give more participants the opportunity to attend.
  • We ask that adults do not attend camp as it allows participants to better explore and try new things.
  • Camps are set up for students who will be entering the listed grade during the summer

In the latest virtual field trip, Timberdoodle has her helpers Kai and Emmie tap a few Maple trees at Jefferson County Park.

We are offering spring break camps for students in pre-school through 6th grade. Each camp is $10 and has a limited number of participants.

Pre-School & Kindergarten                Thursday, March 25th           9:00am-12:00pm
1st and 2nd Grade                                Wednesday, March 24th        9:00am-12:00pm
3rd & 4th Grade                                    Wednesday, March 24th       1:00pm-4:00pm
5th Grade                                                Thursday, March 25th           1:00pm-4:00pm
6th Grade                                                Friday, March 26th                1:00pm-4:00pm

Looking for something fun to do this winter? Check out all of our educational videos!

Here is a link to our videos page and our YouTube Channel!

The Conservation Offices and entryway to the Nature Center have recently been renovated. They had not been updated since they were built in the 80’s. Come stop in to see the recent renovations, just be sure to wear your mask!

As fall is wrapping up and winter is on its way, send your child to a half day camp to explore what the park looks like during this season change.

Pre-School & Kindergarten
1st-3rd Grade
3rd-5th Grade
6th-8th Grade

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

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 just one shot away!

Kyle Longerbeam was a 25-year-old man from Fairfield, Iowa, and had a love for all things outdoors. He chased his dreams by moving to Alaska in 2011 in hopes of becoming a hunting guide, own some land, build a home, and to obtain his license as a pilot. He achieved all of that and more in just 5 years. In December 2016, the plane he was piloting never arrived in Anchorage and after a day of extensive searching, debris was found in a lake located just miles from the runway. There were no survivors.

This event, created and inspired by his memory, was held for the second year at Jefferson County Park on Friday, July 24th. Sixteen youth entering 6th-8th grade attended. The Camp Kyle Committee would like to thank its generous sponsors and volunteers: Pete Tollenaere, Gary Roth, Sabin Sirdoreus, JD Diers, Jon Trumpold, Therese Cummiskey, Jessica Anderson, Abbey Lutz, Carla & Terry Longerbeam, Libertyville Savings Bank, Washington State Bank, Edward Jones, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, HyVee, and the Conservation Foundation of Jefferson County.

Parks and Wildlife Areas
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 you feel sick, wash hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and bring supplies from home including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other hygiene products.
All areas closed at 10:00pm