The Jefferson County Conservation Board's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.
Camping areas are available - website page: www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com/camping.htm
A full-time naturalist is on staff to coordinate outdoor education activities.
Public nature hikes and programs are offered throughout the year. Programs are also given to civic groups, service clubs, youth groups, etc., upon request.
A quarterly newsletter, "Naturally Speaking", will be mailed free of charge. (Phone 641-472-4421 for information and reservations).
Included in Jefferson County Park: See website here
⚫ Nature Center: A variety of displays include an Indian artifact collection, an Iowa mammal fur collection, a 150-gallon fish aquarium, and a turtle tank. The nature center is also used as classroom space for visiting school groups, and offices.
⚫ Native Grass Seeding: Contact the conservation board for information about the annual prairie grass-seeding program.
⚫ Wildlife Food Plots: The Jefferson County Conservation Board in cooperation with the Jefferson County Pheasants Forever Chapter, will assist you in establishing a winter food plot.
Although some of the areas in Jefferson County Park are developed, other parts remain untouched. Many species of wildlife inhabit the park: deer, squirrel, fox, raccoon, opossum, rabbit, pheasant, quail and a variety of non-game songbirds.
Five acres have been seeded back to native prairie grasses to improve nesting habitat. Approximately 15,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the park for aesthetic value and for wildlife habitat. Food plots have also been established to attract wildlife into the area.
Website: Jefferson County Conservation Board