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 Environmental Education - Upcoming Area Programs
& Events

   

  

Iowa Hunter Education Courses:

For a current listing of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Courses please visit http://register-ed.com/programs/iowa.





Annual Fall Colors Paddle - "A Paddle Back Through History"
South Fork of the Maquoketa River
Hwy 136 Access to Canton
Saturday, October 1st
9-10 AM Staging
10 AM On River


Join the Jones County Conservation Department Staff on our annual fall colors river outing.  This year we will travel back through history as we paddle 10 miles of the Maquoketa River quietly passing by the long deserted but not forgotten town of Clay Mills.  Be spellbound by Iowa's beautiful fall colors as we transition from croplands and pastures to heavily wooded bluffs, boulders, limestone outcroppings, and soaring cliffs.  Bring a snack or your picnic lunch and enjoy a break as we stretch our legs on a sandbar and learn about the people and place that was once the small thriving community of Clay Mills.  Participants should bring their own kayaks or canoes, paddles, pfd's, dry bags, extra dry clothing, warm aquatic footwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses.  A limited number of canoes and equipment are available for use by those who do not have their own.  This outing is river level and weather dependent.  Those planning on attending should pre-register by emailing or calling Michele at (319)481-7987 or naturalist@co.jones.ia.us prior to noon, Sept. 30th. 


O.W.L - "Baraboo Day Trip"
Tour Aldo Leopold Shack & International Crane Foundation
Thursday, October 13
6 AM - 6PM
Pre-registration Required:  Please call (319)481-7987.



















O.W.L - "Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940"

Armistice Day program by Abbey Harkrader
Osbourne Center
Thursday, November 10
11 AM:  Optional lunch at Fennelly's Irish Pub
1PM Program
Pre-registration Required:  Please call (319)481-7987.

O.W.L - "Baraboo Day Trip"Tour Aldo Leopold Shack & International Crane FoundationThursday, October 136 AM - 6PMPre-registration Required:  Please call (319)481-7987.






Click Here to Download the Older Wiser Livelier Summer and Fall Program Flyer



**What to do if you find injured wildlife:  (Information and Links)

Information sheet with contact information


The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory
website

Website links:







Twin Rivers Review Newsletter


The Jones County Conservation Board newsletter the “Twin Rivers Review” comes out twice a year.  Inside you will find everything you need to know to keep current including program schedules and meeting dates.


If you would like to be put on the mailing list for this newsletter please contact the JCCB at jccb@co.jones.ia.us.

 

 

Current Issue:

 

Fall/Winter 2016/2017





Jones County Nature Center


The primary purpose of the Jones County Nature Center at Central Park is to provide a place for environmental education.  Programs for the public, schools, and other groups are held regularly at the center.  Central Park is located in the center of Jones County and is within a 15 – 30 minute drive from all communities in the county.





The Nature Center has exhibit space and a medium sized meeting room with kitchenette. 


The Nature Center is open to the public from 1-5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day thru Labor Day weekend.  Anyone interested in viewing the center at other times should call (563)487-3541 or Michele at (319)481-7987 to make an appointment.






Program Opportunities

 

The Jones County Conservation Board would like to invite you to consider your meeting place and the many outdoor areas of Jones County as rewarding locations to learn about our natural environment.  You will find our diverse ecosystems and wildlife offer many educational opportunities.

 

 

The Jones County Conservation Board Naturalist is available to give environmental education programs to schools, day cares, youth and adult groups, and the general public upon request.  Programs can be given at almost any location; including at the groups place of meeting or in the classroom.  Programs can be given indoors or out-of-doors depending on the circumstances.Naturalist programs are given at no charge and are tailored to the group or classes request.  Free will donations are accepted.

 

 

Monthly public programs are advertised in local newspapers and in the Jones County Conservation Board newsletter, “The Twin Rivers Review”.

 

 

For a listing of programs offered to youth groups see the “Jones County Youth Group Naturalist Programs” brochure.

 
 
 



 
Service & Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

Volunteers have become an increasingly important part of the management and operations of the Jones County Conservation Board Department.  From clearing brush in prairies and on trails to assisting with prairie and tree planting projects, Jones CCB volunteers are taking part in the restoration and management of our natural ecosystems.

 

Volunteers serve important roles in educational activities and programs put on by the JCCB, including the annual “Central Park Kids Fishing Derby”.  Groups like the Jaycees, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls, Girl Scouts, and 4-H put in many hours each year picking up litter and assisting with special projects.  From new trails to bridges and wildlife blinds, Jones County has benefited greatly from the hard work and dedication of scouts completing their Eagle Scout projects.

 

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the JCCB Administrative Office at (563) 487-3541.  Make sure you receive the JCCB Newsletter, “The Twin Rivers Review”, to keep abreast of current volunteer opportunities.