Madison County Conservation Center

Madison County Conservation Center The Madison County Conservation Centers mission is to encourage children and adults to learn about and discover their natural surroundings through education and outdoor recreation.

Thank you to Dean & Kit Schantz for your gift of $25,000 and sponsoring the Wildlife Exhibit! This interactive exhibit w...
02/10/2020

Thank you to Dean & Kit Schantz for your gift of $25,000 and sponsoring the Wildlife Exhibit! This interactive exhibit will feature the many diverse types of wildlife residing in the habitats of the Southern Iowa Drift Plain.
We appreciate their support and can’t wait to welcome the thousands of visitors through our doors to learn about our local wildlife and environmental education.

We had a great time ice fishing last weekend! Events like this one hosted by the Madison County Conservation Board and o...
01/31/2020

We had a great time ice fishing last weekend!

Events like this one hosted by the Madison County Conservation Board and our friends at the Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE) are fun for the whole family...it’s FANTASTIC to see so many people turn out and share their love of the outdoors and fishing!

Thanks Anita Smuck for the photos!

Thank you Union State Bank for this generous donation! Union State Bank is proud to donate $25,000 to Madison County Fou...
01/29/2020

Thank you Union State Bank for this generous donation!

Union State Bank is proud to donate $25,000 to Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education for the construction of the Conservation Center in Pammel Park.

Union State Bank was established in 1936 and has served Madison County for 85 years. USB is a $ 92,000,000 bank with offices located at 611 West Hwy 92, Winterset, 6306 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, and 160 E Garfield, Truro. For more information, go to usbiowa.com.

Pictured: left to right, Duane Gordon, USB VP and MCFEE Treasurer, Naomi Hupton, Conservation Leadership Board, Jim Liechty, Conservation Director, Jeff Nolan ,USB President and CEO, Gene Lange, Chairman and Bank Owner.

Madison County was awarded an Iowa Great Places grant in the amount of $310,000 for the construction of the new environm...
01/16/2020

Madison County was awarded an Iowa Great Places grant in the amount of $310,000 for the construction of the new environmental learning facility. Thank you to the Iowa Arts Council for contributing to the future of the environmental education program!

The 2020 Iowa Great Places grantees have been announced! Congratulations to the communities of Madison County, Clinton, Guttenberg, Marion, and Adel, which were awarded a total of $1 million for community-based infrastructure projects through the Iowa Great Places program.

• Madison County Chamber of Commerce will construct a new environmental learning center in Winterset, Iowa to meet the needs of environmental and outdoor recreation programming in the county (pictured).
• Clinton, Iowa will complete improvements and amenity additions from South Bridge to Eagle Point Park, Clinton along the Mississippi River to expand usage and safety, and provide a beautified connection between historic downtowns.
• Guttenberg, Iowa will create a gateway entrance at Schiller Street leading to streetscape improvements to attract Highway 52 travelers into the riverfront downtown and business district.
• The Marion Chamber of Commerce will create a plaza in the Uptown Marion District, which will provide multi-use cultural spaces for community events and act as a catalyst for growth, redevelopment and community building in the business district.
• The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce will add two public art pieces in the towns of Adel and Redfield, plus artistic lighting on a railroad bridge in Adel to build upon the previous work to create a “Cultural Trail District” along the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

Funding for the Iowa Arts Council's Iowa Great Places program is provided by the Iowa Legislature through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund.

Do you live in an Iowa Great Place? Apply for Designation by May 1, 2020 - http://bit.ly/IowaGreatPlaces

#iowaarts #iowaculture #iowagreatplaces #empowerruraliowa
Madison County Conservation Center Madison County Conservation Board Raccoon River Valley Trail Association City of Adel, Iowa Governor's Empower Rural Iowa Initiative City of Marion, Iowa Government Redfield, Iowa

Thank you to the Winterset Optimists for their generous donation of $5,000!  This support from our local service clubs i...
01/13/2020

Thank you to the Winterset Optimists for their generous donation of $5,000! This support from our local service clubs is incredible and makes us feel OPTIMISTIC to be so close to our goal! We are very lucky to be able to work together with the local community to build this incredible new conservation center in Madison County.

Thank you AGRILAND FS, Inc. for your generous donation and support!
01/02/2020
MCFEE, Conservation Center get pledge from Agriland FS

Thank you AGRILAND FS, Inc. for your generous donation and support!

The Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE) received a multi-year pledge donation of $25,000 from Agriland FS and the Agriland Foundation to go towards the new conservation center.

Happy New Year!🚴‍♀️🚣🌲🌿🏕Resolutions include more time outdoors? Land and wildlife conservation? Environmental education? ...
01/01/2020
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Happy New Year!
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Resolutions include more time outdoors? Land and wildlife conservation? Environmental education? We need your support!

The new year is the perfect time to get involved with the new Madison County Conservation Center. No donation is too small, every donation counts! Help us crush our goals in 2020 and DONATE now.

https://www.madisoncountyconservationcenter.org/donate/

Visit this page to donate securely online via PayPal or credit card, or download a donation form and send it in with your check. Thank you!

There’s no time like the present to consider an end of year donation to the Madison County Conservation Center! Your don...
12/26/2019

There’s no time like the present to consider an end of year donation to the Madison County Conservation Center! Your donation is a tax deductible gift that will help shape the future of Madison County’s environmental education for generations to come!

Donate now!

Many thanks to Bobbie and Jack Kennedy who have pledged a multi-year donation of $25,000 to the new conservation center!...
12/13/2019

Many thanks to Bobbie and Jack Kennedy who have pledged a multi-year donation of $25,000 to the new conservation center! They have selected to sponsor the Water Exhibit. This exhibit will showcase Madison County’s water-ways and how water has helped to shape Iowa’s Southern Drift Plain, with its limestone backbone and beautiful landscape. Thank you to the Kennedys for their commitment to this project and to conservation for generations to come.

Placed throughout the building, this graphic will draw visitors attention to the different energy saving elements of the...
12/10/2019

Placed throughout the building, this graphic will draw visitors attention to the different energy saving elements of the center that support conservation efforts! Thank you for this generous $25,000 donation MidAmerican Energy Company!

Happy December!  Can you believe it is DECEMBER already? With the holidays and new year quickly approaching now is a gre...
12/02/2019

Happy December! Can you believe it is DECEMBER already? With the holidays and new year quickly approaching now is a great time to consider a donation to the Madison County Conservation Center. A gift on behalf of your family, organization or business not only will create a legacy for generations to come, it will help to shape the future of our beautiful natural resources here in Madison County. We are only $500,000 away from our goal! Now is the time to get involved, there are still some naming opportunities available and plenty of ways to show your support of this project!

Our local Lions club has made a donation of $5,000 to the Conservation Center!  One member of the Lions said, "the decis...
11/22/2019

Our local Lions club has made a donation of $5,000 to the Conservation Center! One member of the Lions said, "the decision to donate to the new Conservation Center was one of the easiest decisions the club has ever made!" Another member says, "with a 500% growth in environmental programs, the need is there and our community is ready to step up." Thank you, Winterset Lions

The Madison County Conservation Center has received a $100,000 grant from the Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant Program. This...
11/21/2019

The Madison County Conservation Center has received a $100,000 grant from the Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant Program. This grant provides funding for large-scale signature projects and resources for enhancing and revitalization of communities. The benefits of this project are far reaching and will surely be a gem for Madison County and all of central Iowa. These funds are sponsoring the Entryway and Reception areas, with expansive views of the surrounding outdoors and a unique donor wall greeting thousands of visitors every year!

11/14/2019

Many thanks to the City of Winterset for their support of the Conservation Center. They have committed to a donation of $25,000 over 5 years! We are so grateful for their contribution!

With winter weather coming early this year, many of the animals are already showing off their winter adaptations whether...
11/14/2019

With winter weather coming early this year, many of the animals are already showing off their winter adaptations whether that means burrowing into mud for the winter (frogs), putting the final touches on the winter food stash (chipmunks and squirrels) or changing colors to camouflage with their surroundings.

Check out these photos of whitetail deer taken at Pammel Park throughout the last year. As you can see, deer adapt to the winter season by changing from their tan colored summer coat to a gray colored winter coat. Their fur also gets thicker in the winter which helps them stay warm during cold whether. The thicker fur is the reason deer look fluffier in the winter.

Of course the males also adapt for the fall mating season with the growth of antlers. This fall adaptation process begins early in the year as bucks begin growing their antlers by the end of April starting with the small brow tine. By the end of July or early August, the antlers are fully grown and they begin to shed the velvet seen in the photos below. Once the velvet has shed from the antlers, they are fully hardened and ready for use during the rut.

Note: Thank you to local wildlife photographer, Tom Moss, for providing the locally sourced example photos.

This gorgeous seminar and events room with extensive glass exposure, features relaxing views of the natural landscape. C...
11/07/2019

This gorgeous seminar and events room with extensive glass exposure, features relaxing views of the natural landscape. Complete with audio system and projection screens, this room will be home to educational programs, business meetings, corporate retreats, social events and more. A gathering space for visitors and our community, tucked in a beautiful nature center. Naming opportunities are way to support your love of outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education and leave a legacy for your family for generations to come. Contact us to learn more!

You can now make donations for the future Madison County Conservation Center online using this link: https://www.madison...
11/06/2019
Donate | Madison County Conservation Center

You can now make donations for the future Madison County Conservation Center online using this link: https://www.madisoncountyconservationcenter.org/donate/

With over $4 million raised for the project and some outstanding grants still in the works, we are so close! Please consider helping us reach our funding goal by the end of this year by making a one-time donation or a multi-year pledge. Donations of $500 or more will be permanently recognized on the donor wall in the new conservation center.

One time donations of any amount can be made online using the link. Large donations can be made over a 5 year period. To make a donation over multiple years, download the pledge form available at the link listed above and mail the form to the conservation board office. We still have naming opportunities available for large donations. To receive a list of naming opportunities for your consideration, please contact the Madison County Conservation Board.

If you have questions about the conservation center or donation options, please contact the Madison County Conservation Board Office at 515-462-3536.

Visit this page to donate securely online via PayPal or credit card, or download a donation form and send it in with your check. Thank you!

The ford at Pammel State Park. Just one of the many unique features we have in this gorgeous park. The new conservation ...
11/05/2019

The ford at Pammel State Park. Just one of the many unique features we have in this gorgeous park. The new conservation center promises to be yet another destination for all who play in the beautiful outdoors here in Madison County!

First snowfall! So beautiful.
10/29/2019

First snowfall! So beautiful.

It's a gorgeous Tuesday morning in the park with the first blanket of snow, a beautiful sunrise, and the last of the fall colors. This doesn't happen very often so get out and enjoy it before it is gone! #firstsnow #fallcolors #winteriscoming #wintersetiowa #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyconservation #madisoncountyiowa @ Pammel State Park

Many thanks to Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Winterset for their support of the new Conservation Center!
10/28/2019

Many thanks to Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Winterset for their support of the new Conservation Center!

Tonight!
10/26/2019

Tonight!

Halloween Hikes - Pammel Park Lodge - October 26, 2019 - Tickets available at the door! $5/person (Children and Adults) Ages 3 and under are free.

Thank you to the W.T and Edna Dahl Trust for their gift of $100,000.00!  This funding supports the eye-catching and uniq...
10/25/2019

Thank you to the W.T and Edna Dahl Trust for their gift of $100,000.00! This funding supports the eye-catching and unique Exhibit Hall Diorama in the new Conservation Center.

"W.T. and Edna M Dahl made a commitment years ago to be benefactors in support of nonprofit projects in Central Iowa. The Madison County Conservation Center is one of those projects that we are pleased to be able to lend our support in the best interest of environmental education and outdoor enrichment. We are certain that Edna and W.T. would be proud to be a part of this local project!"
Paul Tyler, Trustee

We are excited to share of a $100,000.00 donation from the Wittern Family Charitable Trust! They write, "This extraordin...
10/23/2019

We are excited to share of a $100,000.00 donation from the Wittern Family Charitable Trust! They write, "This extraordinary plan will be an added asset to Madison County's current places of interest!' We couldn't agree more. Thank you for your support!

The Madison County Conservation Center is excited to share that we have received a grant for $267,040.00 from the Land &...
10/16/2019
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The Madison County Conservation Center is excited to share that we have received a grant for $267,040.00 from the Land & Water Conservation Fund. (LAWCON) This is a federally funded grant program that provides matching funds of 50% for outdoor recreation area development and acquisition. We will use this funding to build our access driveway and parking area...which, by the way includes permeable intercepts for water runoff, thus reducing the ecological footprint of the new center! This permeable pavement will also feed runoff water into the outdoor aquatic classroom, promoting both water quality and conservation, in a hands on learning environment. All ADA accessible. Thank you LAWCON!

Check out the latest newsletter for all of upcoming programs this month! From water quality monitoring to Halloween hike...
10/15/2019
Upcoming Programs - October 2019

Check out the latest newsletter for all of upcoming programs this month! From water quality monitoring to Halloween hikes, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Subscribe to the newsletter by e-mailing [email protected].

Check out the latest newsletter for all of upcoming programs this month! From water quality monitoring to Halloween hike...
10/15/2019
Upcoming Programs - October 2019

Check out the latest newsletter for all of upcoming programs this month! From water quality monitoring to Halloween hikes, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Subscribe to the newsletter by e-mailing [email protected].

This mornings sunrise was absolutely stunning.
10/09/2019

This mornings sunrise was absolutely stunning.

Photos from Madison County Conservation Center's post
09/23/2019

Photos from Madison County Conservation Center's post

Wow!  What a night!  The 2019 Evening Under the Stars was a fantastic success, raising  $15,777 on auction items alone! ...
09/23/2019

Wow! What a night! The 2019 Evening Under the Stars was a fantastic success, raising $15,777 on auction items alone! A very special thank you to the Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE) and to our sponsors and volunteers whose support makes this annual fundraiser possible. We also thank all of the local artists, craftsmen, farmers and businesses who donated their products!✨

A few of us from the Madison County Conservation Center headed up to Iowa Live to discuss the incredible NEW Nature Cent...
09/18/2019
Madison County Conservation Center

A few of us from the Madison County Conservation Center headed up to Iowa Live to discuss the incredible NEW Nature Center plans at Pammel Park. Check out this video to see a sneak peek of the building, exhibits and unique features!

Want to get involved? We've still got a few tickets left for the 2019 Evening Under the Stars event, THIS Saturday, September 21 at the Covered Bridges Winery. Great food, music, with a silent and live auction...we hope you can join us! Call 515-494-3560 or email [email protected] to get your tickets!

Visit the post for more.

The foundation for the conservation board (MCFEE) just received a grant for $100,000 from the Prairie Meadows Legacy Gra...
07/16/2019

The foundation for the conservation board (MCFEE) just received a grant for $100,000 from the Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant program for the new Madison County Conservation Center.

Pictured below are John Gallagher (President of MCFEE), Jim Liechty (Conservation Board Director), and Heather Riley (Madison County Chamber Director) as they celebrate this generous contribution.

Happy Earth Day.  The new Madison County Conservation Center is a model of green construction and sustainability.  With ...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day. The new Madison County Conservation Center is a model of green construction and sustainability. With features like solar panels, geo thermal heat, native/recycled building materials, water conservation and more! Every day is earth day!

04/04/2019
The Madison County Conservation Center

Imagine generations coming together in support of conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation right here in beautiful Madison County. Take a moment to check out this video for a sneek peek of the Madison County Conservation Center's plans to create an environmentally friendly nature center that will awe and inspire our community and visitors alike.

The conservation center will be a model of green construction and sustainability featuring sustainable materials and hig...
04/04/2019

The conservation center will be a model of green construction and sustainability featuring sustainable materials and high efficiency utility systems. There will also be a retention pond to collect water runoff which will double as an aquatic classroom.

The Pammel Park Campground features 36 modern campsites with water and electric hookups, 5 tent only sites, and 2 yurt c...
04/03/2019

The Pammel Park Campground features 36 modern campsites with water and electric hookups, 5 tent only sites, and 2 yurt cabins. On Saturday nights throughout the summer, the Pammel Park Campground hosts show a children's movie on the side of their camper and serve fresh popcorn to campers.

In the winter months, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the park. In years that Middle River completely freezes over...
04/01/2019

In the winter months, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the park. In years that Middle River completely freezes over, park users can snowshoe down the river while checking out the multitude of animal tracks in the snow.

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Madison County Conservation Center

Madison County Conservation and it’s foundation, Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE) are working together on the construction of a new environmental learning center to meet the expanding needs of environmental and outdoor recreation programming in Madison County.

The Madison Count Conservation Center will serve as the central hub of outdoor recreation opportunities within Pammel State Park which include hiking, paddling, biking, snowshoeing, and swimming. The Center will promote outdoor learning experiences through interactive exhibits that encourage outdoor exploration, a classsroom for hands-on STEM based programming, and a multi-purposed Events/Conference room which will connect people to their natural surroundings while they attend seminars and special events.

The center’s unique location at Pammel State Park (managed by Madison County Conservation since 1989) serves as a gateway to the natural landscapes which define Madison County - Limestone bluffs, heavily forested river valleys and rolling grasslands.

Inside the center, you will find interactive exhibits that inspire visitors to investigate and explore Madison County’s natural resources.

The conservation center is designed to promote environmental education and outdoor recreation. From the moment visitors step out of their cars to approach the center, they will be immersed in nature. Connecting the parking area to the building is a short walking path containing the first exhibit - Journey through time.

Upon entering the exhibit hall, visitors will find interactive exhibits highlighting the major components of the Madison County landscape. Designated exhibit areas will include Geology, Water, Soil, and Woodland Ecosystems. Each exhibit features geopins containing geographic coordinates encouraging visitors to explore the surrounding resources to locate the key environmental features highlighted in the exhibits.

The Madison County Conservation Center will serve as a central hub for outdoor recreation in Madison County. With over 1 million visitors a year seeking out Madison County each year, it is important to have a central headquarters for outdoor recreation connecting visitors to our natural resources through hiking trails, state designated water trails, and availability of kayak/canoe rentals.

Just outside of the conservation center will be an outdoor patio/courtyard area featuring a limestone fireplace perfect for social gatherings. Located within a wooded setting, the patio will be the perfect spot to watch the squirrels, turkey, and deer foraging nearby.

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