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 Director's Desk | Nature Talk 

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Naturally Speaking is now available in PDF. Click here for Winter 2015 Edition.

Other issues also available. Click here for Autumn 2014 Edition. Click here for Spring 2014 Edition. Click here for Winter 2014 Edition.

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Upcoming Public Programs


Geode & Fossil Hunt. To Be Annoucned.

We’ll be heading to Van Buren County in search of Iowa’s State Rock plus we'll be in a location to find fossils as well. We don't have a date pinned down yet but we're working with the landowner and should know soon. We do know it will be a Saturday in September or October! You don't have to have children to participate but all children 2nd grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Bring along a bucket and your lunch and wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Participants must be able to walk up to a 1/2 mile and be able to walk over rocky terrain. Because we'll be on private property all participants are required to sign a waiver. Fee: $15.00/person ($5 for a parent accompanying children).


Trail Drive Through. Sunday, October 18th, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Jefferson County Conservation Board will host another “trail drive through” on Sunday, October 18th. Two sections of the trail will be open to vehicles from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be two routes to choose from. Route 1: Enter Cedar View Trail off 32nd street and exit at 223rd street one and a half miles later. It will take you over Cedar Creek on one of the largest trail bridges in the county. Route 2: Enter Cedar View Trail off 32nd street and then drive down onto the Loop Trail heading south to the Maasdam Barns and then exiting onto Hwy 1 near the Hospital. We hope people come out to enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to drive a section of our trail system.

(Above: A group of classic car enthusiasts came out to enjoy the trail drive through in 2014.)


Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to



From the Director's Dennis Lewiston

Enjoy Your County Parks This Summer! Did you know that every county in Iowa (99) has a county conservation board? The Iowa County Conservation system was established in 1955. Since that time, over 1,832 county conservation areas, encompassing over 193,624 acres have been established. 24 million park users spending 851.5 million dollars visit Iowa’s county parks each year.



Nature Talk... by Therese Cummiskey


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