The Jefferson County Conservation Board and staff would like to thank Kathy Tollenaere and Wayne Atwood for their many years of service. Tollenaere volunteered on the Board for 19 years while Atwood volunteered 17 years. Many significant improvements have been made to Jefferson County Conservation’s areas and programs during their years of service. Gavin Stever and Molly Mosinski have been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve beginning in January.

We are offering winter nature camps for students in pre-school through 7th grade. Each camp is $10 unless noted and has a limited number of participants.

Pre-School           Tuesday, December 21st, 9:00-11:30am
Kindergarten      Wednesday, December 22nd, 9:00-11:30am
1st Grade             Tuesday, December 21st, 1:00-3:30pm
2nd Grade           Wednesday, December 22nd, 1:00-3:30pm
3rd Grade            Tuesday, December 28th, 9:00-11:30am
4th Grade            Tuesday, December 28th, 1:00-3:30pm
5th Grade            Wednesday, December 29th, 9:00-11:30am
6th-7th Grade     Thursday, December 30th, 10:00am-2:00pm

Registration opens November 1st at 9:00am and must be completed online.

Turn your child into a nature Olympian! Four weeks throughout the summer we will host programs at two different times allowing youth to practice and compete in an activity. We will score participants in each activity and have an overall winner from the summer. Participants can come to all four activities or just one. We ask that participants only come to one program a week.
Youth Entering 3rd through 7th Grade
Pre-registration required- Click on the date/ time you would like to register for

Spear Throwing (Choose 1)
June 8 from 3:30-5:30pm
June 9 from 1:00-3:00pm

Fire Starting (Choose 1)
June 29: 3:30-5:30pm
June 30: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Kayaking (Choose 1)
July 13:1:00pm-3:00pm
July 15: 3:30-5:30pm

Archery (Choose 1)
July 26:1:00pm-3:00pm
July 27: 3:30-5:30pm

Please note:

  • We ask that adults do not attend camp as it allows participants to better explore and try new things.
  • All sessions will meet at the Jefferson County Park Nature Center EXCEPT for Kayaking which will meet at Shelter #3 in Jefferson County Park.

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- FULL                               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- FULL                              August 3-5
7th-9th Grade           Maquoketa Caves Adventure- FULL     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

Naturalist Brittney Tiller joins in the conversation with botanist Steve Taylor and birding expert Diane Porter on invasive species.

Click here to watch the video.

Several volunteers spent their Earth Day removing Autumn Olive from the Chapel Studio pond prairie in Jefferson County Park. KYOU did a great job of covering the event for us and helping us to spread the word about invasive species. Watch the video clip here.

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


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!