Environmental Education Program
Jones County Nature Center
The Central Park Nature Center remains CLOSED at this time. Please continue to enjoy the outdoor opportunities and adventures at Central Park as you await the return of close quarter indoor fun.
Administrative offices within the Nature Center continue to operate.
Business appointments can be made by calling (563)487-3541.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.