Ringgold County Conservation

Ringgold County Conservation Ringgold County Conservation is located in the hills of southwest Iowa and invites you to visit the natural resource and recreation areas!
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A friendly reminder to leave wild babies alone! Tis the season for all young things, especially baby bunnies. You will n...
03/31/2020

A friendly reminder to leave wild babies alone! Tis the season for all young things, especially baby bunnies.

You will not see the mother visit the nest. You're not supposed to. This is a defense to keep predators away. If you remove them from their nest, you drastically reduce their chance of survival.

April marks the start of our summer hours at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center!! Unfortunately, to prevent the spread of C...
03/31/2020

April marks the start of our summer hours at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center!! Unfortunately, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be remaining closed to the public until April 15th. At that time, we will reevaluate the ongoing situation. Stay safe and healthy everyone!

April 2020 Virtual Programming Schedule LIVE at 10:00 AMApril 7 - Greater Prairie ChickenApril 9 - Tallgrass Prairie Apr...
03/30/2020

April 2020 Virtual Programming Schedule
LIVE at 10:00 AM

April 7 - Greater Prairie Chicken
April 9 - Tallgrass Prairie
April 14 - Songbird ID
April 16 - Animal Tracks
April 21- Wild Turkey

03/30/2020

American Toad

03/28/2020
Dragoon Trace Nature Center gift shop

Have a nature lover in your life and want to brighten their day?? We have some great nature gift items you can send!

Let us help you make a special surprise during this difficult time!! You pick out an item or we are happy to help you select the perfect gift and we send it directly to that person!!

Give us a call 641-464-2787, email [email protected] or private message us and we will get you all the details!!

03/27/2020

Tiger Salamander

A few notes about Ringgold CCB parks!  * Restrooms and enclosed shelters will remain closed for the time being to minimi...
03/26/2020

A few notes about Ringgold CCB parks!

* Restrooms and enclosed shelters will remain closed for the time being to minimize the spread of Covid 19 and protect RCCB staff and visitors.

* Guidelines established from the CDC and the IDPH on social distancing require playground equipment at the parks to be CLOSED as we have no way of properly cleaning the equipment. This will include ALL PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

* The water at Poe Hollow Park is off currently due to a water line break. Please plan accordingly if camping or visiting the area.

*We are all going to have to abide by the social distancing that is being recommended to us right now.

*If you come camping, please leave one open site between campers and respect the six foot social distancing recommendation.

We urge everyone to follow the CDC recommendations at this time! If you are getting out and visiting the park or anywhere else, please maintain your social distancing, wash your hands often and use plenty of hand sanitizer! The sooner we get this ordeal in our past the sooner life can be back to our new normal!!

03/25/2020

Turtle Talk

We are overwhelmed with the love! Thank you everyone for tuning in yesterday for our very first virtual program! See you...
03/24/2020

We are overwhelmed with the love! Thank you everyone for tuning in yesterday for our very first virtual program! See you tomorrow at 10am for Turtles!!

03/23/2020
This is a neat way to help teach bird identification and song recognition!!
03/21/2020
50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make

This is a neat way to help teach bird identification and song recognition!!

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You know what's not closed??!! Nature!! If you're looking to get out of the house and avoid crowds, try hiking, fishing ...
03/19/2020

You know what's not closed??!! Nature!! If you're looking to get out of the house and avoid crowds, try hiking, fishing or birdwatching in one of our Ringgold County Conservation areas!!
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BONUS!!----- If you take a picture of yourself at one of our areas and post below, we will put you in a drawing to win one of our new Dragoon Trace Nature Center hats!!

VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS!!! MARCH 23rd - 10 am - OwlsMARCH 25th - 10 am - Turtles MARCH 27th - 10 am - Salamanders MARCH ...
03/18/2020

VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS!!!

MARCH 23rd - 10 am - Owls
MARCH 25th - 10 am - Turtles
MARCH 27th - 10 am - Salamanders
MARCH 30th - 10 am - Toads

These programs will be appropriate for all ages! We will go FB Live on this page so you can interact, ask questions and participate in a short quiz!! We will add more, so check back for more dates!!

03/18/2020

WOW! Tina and Nemo are so overwhelmed with the response for virtual nature programs, that they wanted to say a great big thank you!!

We will be posting dates/times for virtual events later today!!

Attention Ringgold County parents, teachers, babysitters and more! With the closing of our schools and the Dragoon Trace...
03/17/2020

Attention Ringgold County parents, teachers, babysitters and more! With the closing of our schools and the Dragoon Trace Nature Center, we are looking to offer a weekly online nature lesson through FB Live!

We would set dates/times so that students can watch, interact, ask questions and we will even do a short quiz at the end!

Interested?? If we get a good response, I'll start one next week!!

The Ringgold County Conservation Board has made the decision to close the Dragoon Trace Nature Center until the end of M...
03/16/2020

The Ringgold County Conservation Board has made the decision to close the Dragoon Trace Nature Center until the end of March. We will reevaluate at that time to determine if an extension will be necessary.

We will continue to monitor and remain aware of public health needs and precautions.

Ringgold County Conservation is disappointed to report that the Spring 2020 IAN Conference has been cancelled. The IAN c...
03/15/2020

Ringgold County Conservation is disappointed to report that the Spring 2020 IAN Conference has been cancelled. The IAN committee felt this was the right decision to make.

Instead, Ringgold County Conservation will be hosting the IAN Conference in March 2021!! All sponsors will receive the same recognition next year!

After 7 months of planning, this is a very unfortunate and upsetting situation. Thank you to all the sponsors, vendors, presenters and volunteers for all the work we have put into this! I look forward to doing it all over again for next year. I will be in touch once we set the 2021 dates!!

Kate

03/12/2020

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be closed for two upcoming events:

March 12 and 13 - for staff to attend Professional Development

March 18-21 - Due to the Ringgold County Conservation hosting the IAN Conference

A week from today, over 75 environmental education professionals will descend on Ringgold County for the 1st time!! Ring...
03/11/2020

A week from today, over 75 environmental education professionals will descend on Ringgold County for the 1st time!!

Ringgold County Conservation is so honored to host this amazing group and showcase our beautiful county!

This is an amazing opportunity and a great boost for our local economy as we utilize local hotels, rental homes, restaurants, event space, businesses, presenters and more!

Stay tuned next week for some amazing photos of this 3 day conference!!

The Ringgold County Pheasants Forever is an amazing local organization that has supported countless local projects inclu...
03/07/2020

The Ringgold County Pheasants Forever is an amazing local organization that has supported countless local projects including the Dragoon Trace Nature Center! We are honored to display their recent award for contributing over $100,000.00 to local habitat and conservation projects! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Shout out to our local Ringgold County Pheasants Forever for becoming a Gold Sponsor - $250 tonight for our upcoming IAN...
03/03/2020

Shout out to our local Ringgold County Pheasants Forever for becoming a Gold Sponsor - $250 tonight for our upcoming IAN Conference that we are hosting!!



Also, don't forget to attend the RC Pheasants Forever banquet on Friday, April 3rd!! Lots of amazing auction items and cool surprises!!

02/22/2020

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be closed Feb 22-29

These warmer temperatures have me dreaming of spring hiking! One of my favorite outdoor activities! Vote for your favori...
02/17/2020

These warmer temperatures have me dreaming of spring hiking! One of my favorite outdoor activities! Vote for your favorite or tell us your favorite in the comments below!

👍 - Hiking
❤ - Hunting
😆 - Swimming
😮 - Kayaking
😥 - Camping
😡 - Biking

Check out our amazing sponsors!! We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help make our conference go smoothly ...
02/13/2020

Check out our amazing sponsors!! We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help make our conference go smoothly on March 18 and 19. If interested, please call 641-464-2787!

A little Monday nature humor for you!
02/10/2020

A little Monday nature humor for you!

Guess what we put up at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center today!!! Huge thanks to Jeff Haugland Taxidermy and The Nature C...
02/06/2020

Guess what we put up at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center today!!! Huge thanks to Jeff Haugland Taxidermy and The Nature Conservancy for making this possible!

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors for the March 2020 IAN Conference we are hosting! Registrations are already rolling...
02/03/2020

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors for the March 2020 IAN Conference we are hosting! Registrations are already rolling in!! We can't wait to welcome you to Ringgold County!

Ringgold County Conservation is excited to be hosting one of these workshops this year at the Dragoon Trace Nature Cente...
02/01/2020
Opportunity to help DNR track frog and toad populations

Ringgold County Conservation is excited to be hosting one of these workshops this year at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center!

It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa. In the farm pond next to the road, a raucous chorus of male frogs are making themselves heard as they vie for mates. A volunteer stands clipboard in hand, ear cocked, mentally

01/29/2020

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be closed Jan 29 - Feb 1 for staff to attend professional development training.

I know that I am ready for camping season after this long week of snow!! I have a few places on my list that I plan to v...
01/26/2020

I know that I am ready for camping season after this long week of snow!! I have a few places on my list that I plan to visit this summer.

Where is your favorite place to camp in Iowa??

Hey Hey!! Calling all Environmental Education Professionals!!! Registration for the Spring 2020 IAN conference is now op...
01/23/2020
Upcoming Workshops - Iowa Association of Naturalists

Hey Hey!! Calling all Environmental Education Professionals!!! Registration for the Spring 2020 IAN conference is now open!!!

We can't wait to welcome you to Ringgold County!!

  Spring 2020 IAN Click HERE to register March 18-20, 2020 Ringgold County   Summer 2020 IAN August 5-7, 2020 Lee County or Wilderness Committee   Fall 2020 IAN November 4-6, 2020 Indian Creek Nature Center           Emily Herring IAN Workshop Coordinator Marshall County Conservation Board 2...

Award plaques for our 2019 Lighted Park Winners!! CONGRATULATIONS!! People's Choice - United Farmers CoopBusiness - Eigh...
01/21/2020

Award plaques for our 2019 Lighted Park Winners!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

People's Choice - United Farmers Coop
Business - Eighmy Monument
Non-Profit - Christmas Memories (no photo yet)

01/17/2020

The Dragoon Trace nature center will be closed January 17-18 due to weather.

As we are in the madness of planning our March IAN Conference, we'd love to have you help us make this a memorable event...
01/14/2020

As we are in the madness of planning our March IAN Conference, we'd love to have you help us make this a memorable event for all those visiting Ringgold County! Time is running out, please contact me NOW if you would like to be a sponsor!

Sponsors will be given an advertisement table at the conference for brochures and other promotional items, be listed in the statewide program guide, newsletter, website, banners at the nature center and more!!

Thank you to all current sponsors!!

GOLD $250 - Mount Ayr Hy-Vee, Ringgold Outdoor Alliance

SILVER $100 - Allen Knox Associates, Mount Ayr Inn, Napa Auto Parts, Ringgold County Development Corp, US Bank

BRONZE $50 - Cannon Port A John, Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce, Uniquely Radiant- Jennifer Kellner, Jay and Donna Watson, Mike & Kate Zimmerman

01/11/2020

The Dragoon Trace nature center will be closed today due to road conditions.

01/10/2020

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center is closing at 12:30pm today due to weather.

Enjoy this week of fantastic winter weather by exploring your local natural areas!!
01/07/2020

Enjoy this week of fantastic winter weather by exploring your local natural areas!!

01/03/2020

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be closed this Saturday, January 4th due to staff attending REAP Congress.

Calling all sponsors!!! Deadline will be January 20th, 2020. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this a...
12/31/2019

Calling all sponsors!!! Deadline will be January 20th, 2020. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this amazing opportunity to showcase Ringgold County!

We are at it again!! Another chance to show off the amazing communities of Ringgold County!

We will be hosting the Iowa Association of Naturalists Conference in March 2020!! Environmental Educators from all over the state of Iowa will be joining us for 3 DAYS in beautiful Ringgold County!

We need YOUR help! We are looking for sponsors to help us promote our wonderful county and all it has to offer!!

Sponsors will be recognized in the registration packet sent to all counties, banners displayed at the nature center during the conference, newsletter, website and we will have a table set up at the conference for all sponsors to display brochures and other information!

We appreciate your help and consideration! It takes a village to put a large scale event like this together!

Bronze Sponsor - $50
Silver Sponsor - $100
Gold Sponsor - $250
Platinum Sponsor - $500

What an amazing turnout again this year for our Holiday Lights in the Park! Thank you to everyone who came out to suppor...
12/27/2019

What an amazing turnout again this year for our Holiday Lights in the Park! Thank you to everyone who came out to support this event! Fundraisers like this help us fund special projects at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center and our County Conservation Areas!

A special thank you to all our sponsors! The winners of the 2019 Holiday Lights in the Park are.......

People's Choice - United Farmers Cooperative

Business - Eighmy Monument

Non-Profit - Christmas Memories by Cecil & Patti Dolecheck

We cannot thank everyone enough for coming out to our Holiday Lights in the Park this year!! Here are the winners of the...
12/22/2019

We cannot thank everyone enough for coming out to our Holiday Lights in the Park this year!! Here are the winners of the prizes donated by Dollar General!!!

You can arrange pick-up by calling 641-464-2787 or [email protected]. We will be calling winners tomorrow unless we hear from you!!

12/18/2019

The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be closed Dec 18 -26. Happy Holidays!!

At the Dragoon Trace Nature Center NOW!! 5:30-9:00pm tonight!!
12/15/2019

At the Dragoon Trace Nature Center NOW!! 5:30-9:00pm tonight!!

Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to see our Holiday Lights in the Park this year!! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the nature...
12/14/2019

Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to see our Holiday Lights in the Park this year!! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the nature center!

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2205 210th St
Mount Ayr, IA
50854

General information

Ringgold County Conservation is located in the hills of southwest Iowa and invites you to visit the natural resource and recreational areas located in beautiful southern Iowa. The Ringgold County Conservation Board has been involved in various programs promoting conservation, recreation, wildlife areas and environmental education while managing 8 parks, trails and wildlife areas across the county, encompassing over 1000 acres. Ringgold County Conservation maintains three public parks for camping. Camping is on a first-come first-serve basis. We do take reservations by phone with a 2 night minimum at least a week in advance. All county parks have 20, 30 and 50 amp outlets for all sizes of campers. Shelters, water, pit toilets and playground equipment are all available at each park. Many miles of trails are maintained and wind through forest and prairie areas. Hikers, cross country skiers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the beauty of southwest Iowa on Ringgold County trails. Ringgold County is known for its breathtaking hills and diverse scenery. Visit the only county in Iowa with the Greater Prairie Chicken. Take a trip to see and listen to the Prairie Chickens boom mid-March through mid-May. Excellent hunting, camping, picnicking and sightseeing opportunities will keep you coming back for more! No Recreational Motor Vehicles in any RCCB area including: ATV's, Snowmobiles, Dirtbikes, Golf Carts, etc...

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I had no idea you guys did birthday parties!! My daughter turns 5 this month and that would be totally awesome for my 4 kiddos and their friends!!!
Love all of the neat educational things they have for every age! We’re very lucky to have such dedicated people in Ringgold County!
I got a chance to visit your facility this past weekend and really enjoyed it. Wish we had something like this in Cass County! Keep up the good work!