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Winter Nature Camp. December 27th and 28th. Time to get your kiddos out of the house and into some frozen fun! For the first time, Jefferson County Conservation will be offering Winter Nature Camp at Jefferson County Park. Camp will be offered to kids in pre-school through sixth grade. Youth in Pre-School and Kindergarten are invited to attend on Tuesday, December 27, from 9:00am - 11:30am. Children in 1st and 2nd grades are invited to attend on Wednesday, December 28 from 9:00am -11:30am. Youth in 3rd-6th grades are invited to attend Tuesday, December 27 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Youth will be spending time outside for camp and should come prepared for outdoor winter fun! Each session will have a twelve-participant maximum. Pre-registration is required by December 21. Registration form and payment of $10/ child is required to reserve a spot. Forms can be mailed to Jefferson County Conservation, Brittney Tiller, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556. Click here to see the Registration Form (a PDF).


Birding Van Buren. Saturday, January 7: 10:00 a.m. Join birdwatching.com’s Diane Porter and naturalist Therese Cummiskey for some midwinter birding. We’ll head down into Van Buren searching for eagles along the Des Moines River, red-shouldered hawks and northern harriers near Mt. Sterling and horned larks on the backroads. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. E-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com or call 472-4421.

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars. Sunday, January 22nd 7:00 p.m. Join naturalist Therese Cummiskey for a early winter hike and bring along your binoculars to explore the night sky. Binoculars are an ideal “first telescope”, especially for the beginner. They make searching for an object in the sky much easier than using a typical “astronomical” telescope. Many objects in the sky are not small, they’re just faint, so with binoculars you can get a much better view of star clusters and nebulae, etc. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Some extra binoculars will be available for use. Come dressed to be outdoors in winter weather!

Nature Quiz Show. Monday, January 23rd 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. For 2nd grade through 6th. There’s no school for the Fairfield School District on this Monday so join naturalist Therese Cummiskey as she tests your outdoor knowledge in a fun-filled Nature Quiz Show. You’ll be formed into teams and challenged to identify items and sounds from nature. It’s a fun way to show what you know plus learn some new things too. Takes place in the Jefferson County Park nature center. Pre-registration is required. Limit of 20 youth per session. No fee.

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

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Nature Talk... by Therese Cummiskey

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

Mission Statement

Our 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.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 12-7-16


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