With the arrival of warmer weather, several of the parks managed by Jefferson County Conservation will see their amenities opening back up.

The Round Prairie Park and Mac Coon Access campgrounds will open on Friday, April 2nd. Both campgrounds have a nightly rate of $12 for electricity and $9 without. The campgrounds are first come, first serve.

Jefferson County Park campground, cabins, and shelters will officially open April 30th. Cabin reservations are available online at JeffersonCountyConservation.com. Cabins are $55 per night with a $4 processing fee added at the time of payment. There is a two-night minimum stay for weekends. Reservations must be made three days in advance of arrival date.

Jefferson County Park shelters may be reserved from 9:00am-9:00pm. Shelter 1 & 2 have a reservation fee of $15 per day. Shelter 3, which overlooks the pond, has a fee of $20. Shelter reservations can be made by calling the office at 472-4421.

Jefferson County Park campground has nightly rate of $17 for electricity and $14 without. The campground is first come, first serve. Self-contained campers will be allowed beginning April 16th. Bathrooms will be open by April 30th weather permitting.

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 coloring book? Here ya go!

If you are looking to do some moth identification, this silhouette page will help you out!

Here are pictures taken in Jefferson County Park at past Moth Nights.

Local entomologist, Moni Hayne has put together a collection of several great references regarding moths and Moth Week.


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 met with 46 classes and had 533 participants. Thanks to all the teachers, students, and parents which helped make this happen! To see the virtual fieldtrips, or any of our other videos, head to our videos page!

Notice of Jefferson County Conservation Board Meeting
A teleconference meeting of the Jefferson County Conservation Board will be held on Monday, April 6th to approve a contract with the DNR for a Fish Habitat Grant project. For more information, please call 472-4421.

The April Jefferson County Conservation Board meeting will be held by phone. Please contact Shawn Morrissey at 641-472-4421 by noon on April 29th to get access information.