Madison County Conservation Board

Madison County Conservation Board This page will be used to highlight our parks as well as our environmental education programs. Look for calendar events, updates, photos and fun facts about Madison County and Iowa's natural resources, plants and animals!
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We are one of many county conservation boards throughout Iowa. Madison County has a rich history, amazing geological features, awesome water trails, bridges and more!

Mission: Our foundation is called the Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education (MCFEE). Founded in 1982, MCFEE was formed in order to promote conservation and environmental education in Madison County. Over the years, MCFEE has funded several hundreds of environmental programs, preserved wildlife areas, and updated park facilities.

02/13/2020

The hike for tonight has been postponed. A new date will be announced next week.

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
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Did you know that many female reptiles such as snakes and turtles may lay eggs without a male present? Reptiles respond ...
12/31/2019

Did you know that many female reptiles such as snakes and turtles may lay eggs without a male present? Reptiles respond to changes in temperature and daylight which can trigger the production of eggs. For wild turtles, this usually occurs in the spring. In the case of pet turtles, the condition of their environment is pretty steady and they can produce eggs year-round. Check out this egg laid by our female box turtle earlier this month. Since our turtle does not have a male companion, this egg is not viable which means it will not hatch. #conservationthrougheducation #threetoedboxturtle #madisoncountyconservation #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyiowa

The Winterset High School Conservation Club met at Pammel Park last night where Simon the fox snake stole the show. Simo...
12/13/2019

The Winterset High School Conservation Club met at Pammel Park last night where Simon the fox snake stole the show. Simon has grown several inches since he arrived in April. He loves meeting new people and he will soon be ready for spring classroom visits!

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.

For several years, the conservation board has been working towards the creation of a new conservation center that will s...
11/13/2019
Donate | Madison County Conservation Center

For several years, the conservation board has been working towards the creation of a new conservation center that will serve as a central hub for outdoor recreation in Madison County. About 2 years ago, the design for the new conservation center was finalized and fundraising began.

Now, with over $4 million raised for the project and some outstanding grants still in the works, the end is in sight. Please consider making a donation to the conservation center project to help us make the dream of a new conservation center a reality.

You can now make donations for the future Madison County Conservation Center online using this link: https://www.madisoncountyconservationcenter.org/donate/. All donations to the conservation center project are tax deductible under the current tax laws.

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. 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!

More pictures from the RCC Run The Woods at Goeldner Woods County Park. Thanks again to Penny and Steve and all their Ea...
11/09/2019

More pictures from the RCC Run The Woods at Goeldner Woods County Park. Thanks again to Penny and Steve and all their Earlham area volunteers. What a well organized fun event!

11/09/2019

17th Annual RCC Run The Woods race at Goeldner Woods County Park today! What an awesome record turnout of over 135 runners.
Thanks to Penny & Steve Radakovich and their tireless team of volunteers. What a great way to get people outside and enjoy our fall weather and our Madison County countryside!

11/05/2019
Madison County Conservation Center

Check out the page dedicated to the Madison County Conservation Center project. There are lots of great photos of the new conservation center and interpretive exhibit designs along with several images of recreational activities available in Pammel Park.

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.

It's a gorgeous Tuesday morning in the park with the first blanket of snow, a beautiful sunrise, and the last of the fal...
10/29/2019

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

Halloween Hikes at Pammel Park tonight from 6-8 pm. Guided hikes with themed skits, children's games and treats, and a h...
10/26/2019

Halloween Hikes at Pammel Park tonight from 6-8 pm. Guided hikes with themed skits, children's games and treats, and a hayrack ride to the campground for trick-or-treating. Free treat bags for the children while supplies last. Tickets are available at the door for $5/person (children and adults). Ages 3 and under are free. #wintersetiowa #madisoncountyiowa #madisoncountyconservation #halloween #pammelstatepark @ Pammel State Park

Check out some of the fun treats we have ready for Halloweeen Hikes. Thanks to Kris Miler for donating these special goo...
10/25/2019

Check out some of the fun treats we have ready for Halloweeen Hikes. Thanks to Kris Miler for donating these special goodies! Come out to the Pammel Park Lodge tomorrow evening from 6-8 for a chance to taste test!

10/25/2019
Northern Watersnake at SOS Workshop

Check out the video of this Northern Water Snake we found in the creek at Middle River County Park during our Save Our Streams Workshop. It was a very strong swimmer and was able to avoid being washed downstream in the current by digging it's nose into the rocky creek bank. Thank you to the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project for capturing this awesome video!

We came across this Northern Watersnake during the Save Our Streams training workshop in Winterset on Saturday, October 19th. It doesn't count as a Benthic M...

Halloween Hikes - Pammel Park Lodge - October 26, 2019 - Tickets available at the door! $5/person (Children and Adults) ...
10/25/2019

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

Beautiful day for water quality testing and training inside Middle River Park. Some of the interesting finds included a ...
10/19/2019

Beautiful day for water quality testing and training inside Middle River Park. Some of the interesting finds included a cranefly larva and a Northern watersnake. #waterquality #issacwaltonleague #madisoncountyconservation #madisoncountyiowa #wintersetiowa #northernwatersnake @ Middle River County Park

There's MORE!
10/18/2019

There's MORE!

OK folks . . . GET OUT HERE! It's Friday - leave work early and enjoy this fantastic fall weather in your Madison County...
10/18/2019

OK folks . . . GET OUT HERE! It's Friday - leave work early and enjoy this fantastic fall weather in your Madison County Parks! Paddle, hike, birding . . . just sit and soak up the surroundings. This could be the best weekend for color!

It's a beautiful day in Pammel Park. #fallcolors #beautifulday #whitetaildeer #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyconservatio...
10/17/2019

It's a beautiful day in Pammel Park. #fallcolors #beautifulday #whitetaildeer #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyconservation #madisoncountyiowa #wintersetiowa

Yesterday's visitors had so much fun exploring Pammel Park they decided to spend the night in our campground and eat som...
09/26/2019

Yesterday's visitors had so much fun exploring Pammel Park they decided to spend the night in our campground and eat some breakfast in the nearby picnic area. #conservation #madisoncountyconservation #madisoncountyiowa #wintersetiowa #wildturkey #beautifulweather #fall @ Pammel State Park

Found a bunch of these tracks leading up to the Nature Center today. Do you know who has come for a visit? #conservation...
09/25/2019

Found a bunch of these tracks leading up to the Nature Center today. Do you know who has come for a visit? #conservation #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyconservation #wintersetiowa #madisoncountyiowa

Here is an amazing opportunity up for auction at Evening Under the Stars this Saturday! Progressive Barn Tour and Dinner...
09/19/2019

Here is an amazing opportunity up for auction at Evening Under the Stars this Saturday!

Progressive Barn Tour and Dinner for 8

This package entitles you and 7 friends to an amazing evening out celebrating a little bit of Madison County History! You will be guaranteed lots of great food, fun and fantastic fellowship at two of Madison County's Historic Barns.

Your evening will start at the Judge Lewis House in Winterset where you will enjoy cocktails and appetizers. From there you will venture NE of twon to the Barn at Lone Oaks Farms where you will savor an amazing dinner and desserts.

The evening also includes a tour and history of the Judge Lewis House and grounds and a tour and history of the Barn at Lone Oaks Farms. Your hosts (and chefs for the night), Mark & Kayla Hawkins and Peter & Luann Gilman welcome you and look forward to sharing their little piece of Madison County Heaven with you and your friends!

Get your tickets to event today by calling 515-494-3560 or e-mailing [email protected]. You may also stop by the conservation board office located at 2273 Clark Tower Road (across from middle River Park). Tickets are $35/person. Tables for 8 may be reserved in advance.

We had some fun visitors at the conservation board office today! #madisoncountyiowa #madisoncountyconservation #winterse...
09/04/2019

We had some fun visitors at the conservation board office today! #madisoncountyiowa #madisoncountyconservation #wintersetiowa #whitetaildeer #conservation

For Sale: 2004 Toro Z-Master Lawn Mower. Koehlee 27 HP engine. 1900 hours. Sealed bids required. Mail bids to Madison Co...
08/29/2019

For Sale: 2004 Toro Z-Master Lawn Mower. Koehlee 27 HP engine. 1900 hours. Sealed bids required. Mail bids to Madison County Conservation, P.O. Box 129, Winterset, IA 50273. Bid deadline is Friday, September 6, 2019. Questions? Call 515-462-3536.

The creek stomp scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to high water from the recent rain.
08/21/2019

The creek stomp scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to high water from the recent rain.

There is Cardinal Flower, Butterfly Milkweed, and more blooming at the outdoor classroom right now. #conservationthrough...
08/20/2019

There is Cardinal Flower, Butterfly Milkweed, and more blooming at the outdoor classroom right now. #conservationthrougheducation #nativewildflowers #outdoorclassroom #wintersetiowa #madisoncountyiowa #madisoncountyconservation #thisisiowa @ Madison County Conservation Board

The Pammel Park Nature Center has a new resident: A female bullfrog. You can determine the gender of a bullfrog by the s...
07/24/2019

The Pammel Park Nature Center has a new resident: A female bullfrog. You can determine the gender of a bullfrog by the size of their tympanum (ear) and the color of their throat. This little girl so so new to the nature center she doesn't have a name yet so feel free to leave us a comment with your favorite frog names. #conservationthrougheducation #pammelstatepark #madisoncountyiowa #bullfrog #wintersetiowa @ Pammel State Park

There are lots of great fishing opportunities throughout Madison County. The sun is shining and the fish are biting so g...
06/26/2019

There are lots of great fishing opportunities throughout Madison County. The sun is shining and the fish are biting so get out and enjoy the beautiful day like this lucky angler that recently reeled in one of our supersized Madison County jewels.

If you have been fishing in Madison County lately, share photos of your catch in the comments. We would love to see your success stories!

Hike tonight at the Pammel Park Lodge beginning at 6:30 pm. There will be a short interpretive program about some of the...
06/19/2019

Hike tonight at the Pammel Park Lodge beginning at 6:30 pm. There will be a short interpretive program about some of the animals in Pammel Park before we hike. The event will last about an hour. Come out to the park for a chance to see the wild turkeys, whitetail deer, or one of these beautiful Luna moths. The wildlife is active today!

06/07/2019

County Conservation Board "Summer Camp" kids having a great time this week at Pammel Park.

A disappointing story we need to share and welcome the public's assistance.The bathroom facilities at Middle River Count...
06/01/2019

A disappointing story we need to share and welcome the public's assistance.
The bathroom facilities at Middle River County Park were severely vandalized sometime late this afternoon or early this evening. We have engaged the assistance of the Madison County Sheriffs Department to open up an investigation into this senseless act. Preliminary damage estimates will reach over $2,000.
Any one having information concerning this vandalism is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriffs Department or the Conservation Board office. Any information may be helpful, especially if you happened be in the park during this period and may have noticed activity around the shelter and bathroom area.
Our staff will be working tomorrow morning replacing as many bathroom fixtures as possible to prepare for a 1:00pm rental group.

This American Toad loves the improvements being made to the Winterset Community Schools Outdoor Classroom. You can check...
05/31/2019

This American Toad loves the improvements being made to the Winterset Community Schools Outdoor Classroom. You can check out this guy and his frog friends hanging out near the shallow water wetlands!

Last week students from the Winterset elementary, middle school, Jr. High, and high school came together to help plant 3...
05/21/2019

Last week students from the Winterset elementary, middle school, Jr. High, and high school came together to help plant 30 new trees and shrubs at the Winterset Community Schools Outdoor Classroom. The plants were acquired through the Iowa DNR Trees for Kids grant program.

05/17/2019

The Pammel Park Ford is currently closed due to high water. With more rain in the forecast please plan to use the detour route if you are attending an event at the lodge this weekend.

Winterset High School Biology students have been testing water quality at Pammel Park, Fellowship Forest, and the Winter...
05/15/2019

Winterset High School Biology students have been testing water quality at Pammel Park, Fellowship Forest, and the Winterset Outdoor Classroom. So far Pammel Park is the winner for water quality! #99parks #environmentalscience #outdoorlearning #iowaparks. #conservationthrougheducation #environmentaleducation #winterset #madisoncountyiowa @ Madison County, Iowa

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2273 Clark Tower Rd
Winterset, IA
50273

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Environmental Education and programming includes public programs, lessons in the classroom, Halloween Hikes, summer camps and more! Check out our website for full details.

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Monday 07:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 07:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 15:30
Thursday 07:00 - 15:30
Friday 07:00 - 15:30

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The Madison County Conservation Board welcomes all RAGBRAI riders to Madison County. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the rolling hills of Madison County.
We have one of those really Good County Conservation Boards!
Attention naturalists and group leaders: The Iowa DNR Canoe School for May 14/15 has openings! If you have not taken an award winning class from the Iowa DNR then you need to do so. It's an over-nighter in Webster City and we will be on the lake and Boone River. Learn risk management, all about safety, group management on river, how to paddle and teach paddling efficiently, rescues and more. TWO DAYS OF FUN! Follow the link below and email me at [email protected]. Classes are taught by two Iowa DNR certified instructors.
Are leashed dogs allowed at Clanton Creek?
I am curious if trout are still being stocked at Criss Cove?
We were on a family walk and just found the Geo Cache Box at E 410115 N 4572139 on Backbone Trail. It was fun to see that box has been in place since before March 2012.
Anyone tell me, if you are camping at Pammel (and I have stayed in the yurts but never taken my camper) is there a different way to get there (Criss Cove I think its called) to avoid driving under that long tunnel? or is the tunnel high enough to accommodate these campers? Im pretty sure mine is 11feet high?
Ticket sales for Evening Under the Stars, September 16, are ramping up. Don't miss out as we have limited tickets available! Call Duane at 515.462.2161 or email him at [email protected] Once again we are preparing to offer you an evening that will delight your taste buds as well as afford you fun and laughter with friends and family. We also want to share our love of nature and conservation in a fun-filled atmosphere, where we can answer questions about our upcoming projects and meet new friends!
How do I get to the nature center in pammel park without going through the water?
Can someone come out and look at the 50 amp at site 10 at Pammel Park? It's not working. We left a message at the office, and have yet to get a call back! Thanks!!