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. Please be patient and understanding that this will result in an improved park for you the user and improved habitat for the local wildlife.
Many of the large Hickory trees that this area is named for will be left and prairie will be seeded into the cleared areas once occupied by dying pine trees and invasive honeysuckle.
Mowed paths and fishing access areas are also part of the plans for this pond project as well as a new expanded parking area.
Do not enter the construction area while contractors are working.
If you have concerns or would like more details about this improvement project please contact Shawn at (641)472-4421.

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 Edibles Hike-Thursday, May 14
Dutch Oven Cookoff- Saturday, May 30

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 will be closed at sunset. Please park your vehicles at the bottom of the hill if you will be using the park after sunset.
All areas closed at 10:00pm

 

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                           FULL
2nd-3rd Grade          Nature Detectives                    Register Here
3rd-5th Grade           Astronomy Camp                     Register Here
4th-6th Grade           Fishing Camp                            Register Here
5th-7th Grade           Best of the Best                         FULL
7th-9th Grade           Overnight Explorers                Register Here

 

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

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.

The Raptors of the River program scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at 10:00am at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park has been cancelled due to the forecasted snow and winter weather. We will reschedule at a later date. Thank you for understanding.

Join Jefferson County Conservation for a summer of fun! We have a great line up sure to peak your outdoor adventurers’ interest! Please note, these camps are set up for students who will be entering the listed grade during the summer.

4 & 5 Years Caterpillar Camp
1st-2nd Tadpole Camp
2nd-3rd Nature Detectives
3rd-5th Astronomy Camp
4th-6th Fishing Camp
5th-7th Best of the Best
7th-9th Overnight Explorers

The Jefferson County Conservation Board increased the camping cabin rates in Jefferson County Park to $65 per night with a weekly rate of $420. The rates have not increased in over 10 years. The increase was passed in anticipation of the online reservation system which park staff are working to implement. At this time, reservations are still taken over the phone or in person at the Conservation Office. For more information, please see the cabins page.

KYOU stopped by during the January Sub-Zero Survival program. Participants who are in 5th-7th grade were taught how to build survival shelters and start fires with only matches. Both activities allowed participants to test out their survival skills.

This short clip gives watchers a glimpse into the program!

Jefferson County Conservation recently purchased a new telescope for programs. The funds came from several donations which largely included memorial funds from Barney Baird. Barney was one of the original members of the Jefferson County Conservation Board. Barney’s wife Verda, son Randy, and daughter-in-law Jan are pictured with Naturalist Brittney Tiller behind the telescope during a night sky program earlier in December. This wonderful donation will be used by many to observe the night sky. Thank you to the Baird family and all our donors.