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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

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

Information sheet with contact information

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory

Website links:

Jones County Nature Photography Contest Entry Form Available: 
download entry form
Entries Due May 31, 2016

Friends of Jones County Conservation and Nature Center Logo Contest

               “Tree Planting on the Hill”

Jones County Courthouse

Tree Planting Event


Jones County was recently awarded an Alliant Energy and Trees Forever “Branching Out” grant to plant 16 trees around the courthouse replacing trees lost in a severe windstorm in June 2014.  

Trees in the planting will include red buds, sugar maples, crab apples, and red and bur oaks.  Bur oaks once were a dominate species in the historically expansive savannas in Jones County.  As a historical icon they are long lived, produce large crowns for shade, and provide tremendous acorn production for wildlife.  The red  oak and sugar maple will further improve the energy efficiency of the courthouse and add diversity to fall colors.  The low growing red buds and crab apples will provide food sources for pollinators and other courthouse wildlife as well as natural beauty both in the spring and fall.  In addition these trees will provide a living classroom for interested citizens and youth and provide a visually pleasing landscape for years to come.


On Saturday, April 30th families, youth groups, students, and other interested volunteers are invited to help plant, mulch, and water these new trees and become a part of living history.  At 10 AM a short orientation and planting presentation will take place in the grassy area just east of the courthouse followed by the planting of the trees.


Volunteers will want to dress to get dirty and bring work gloves to wear.  Planting tools will be provided.


Please mark your calendar and help plant our future!


"Fabulous Frogs"

Saturday, May 28

1 PM

Central Park Nature Center

Join the Jones County Naturalist Intern for a fun and froggy time.  Learn how to identify area frogs by their calls.  Observe several live frogs close- up.  Wear your mud boots and try your luck at catching a frog or tadpole in one of Central Parks wetlands.  (We have nets you can borrow:0)) (Frogs and tadpoles captured will be released back into the wetland.)

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



Current Issue:


Spring/Summer 2016

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.

Nature Center Diorama Wall Completed

Donna Zimmerman, a local artist from Monticello, completed painting a scene depicting a bluff top view of the Maquoketa River Valley.  Viewable in the Nature Centers lower level the scene incorporates life like native animals and plants.  Great Job Donna!!!

Maquoketa River Scenic Overlook Diorama
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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.