Jones County

Nature Center


Environmental Education Program

Jones County Nature Center

COVID-19 Reminder: 

Septmeber 2020 -COVID 19 ALERT - The Central Park Nature Center is open for viewing Monday - Friday by appointment or walk-in when time slots are available.  Please call the administrative office at (563)487-3541 Ext 1 or Ext 3 to set up an appointment. Family groups of 6 or less can sign up for 1/2 hour time slots to walk through the center.  Many hand-on exhibits are currently closed or removed at this time.  Live animals are not being used in hands-on programs.  Anyone entering the Nature Center will need to complete a short COVID 19 health screening, sign-in, and wash hands before entering the exhibit and office space.  Face masks are encouraged.   We encourage everyone to continue to enjoy outdoor opportunities and adventure at Central Park while you await the return of close quarter indoor fun.  Administrative offices within the Nature Center are operating and business appointments can be made by calling (563)487-3541 Please continue to enjoy outdoor activities and adventures at Central Park

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.  Throughout the year it is open most weekdays  but call the office at (563)487-3541 or Michele at 319-481-7987 to ensure availability.

Jones County Environmental Education Program



The Jones County Conservation Board would like to invite you to consider the Jones County Nature Center, your communities,  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, on our facebook page, on our events and programs page, 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.

Jones County Youth Group Naturalist Programs Brochure Page 1

Jones County Youth Group Naturalist Programs Brochure Page 2

Youth Program PowerPoint

Youth participating in Natural Resource programming throughout Iowa

are eligible to participate in the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program.  Yearly

Certificates and patches are awarded to those youth completing the

Program.  Download the IJN Brochure below.

Iowa Junior Naturalist Program Brochure


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 Naturalist at


Current Issue:


Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Newsletter

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