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!

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🌳We visited the oldest Oak tree in Iowa at Pammel State Park! It’s about 400 years old!🌳
07/29/2021

🌳We visited the oldest Oak tree in Iowa at Pammel State Park! It’s about 400 years old!🌳

A beautiful day in the park. Beat the heat with a scenic hike on one of our many shaded trails or check out the new park...
07/22/2021

A beautiful day in the park. Beat the heat with a scenic hike on one of our many shaded trails or check out the new park road from the comfort of your car! #madisoncountyconservation
#pammelstatepark #hikingadventures

The Interpretive Trail at Pammel State Park turned into a “magical forest wonderland” today! So many DISCOVERIES🌻🐝🌿
07/20/2021

The Interpretive Trail at Pammel State Park turned into a “magical forest wonderland” today! So many DISCOVERIES🌻🐝🌿

These cool kids really know how to have fun in Pammel State Park🌿
07/19/2021

These cool kids really know how to have fun in Pammel State Park🌿

In the heat of mid-summer, male Timber Rattlesnakes travel up to a few miles from their den site in search of females. M...
07/18/2021

In the heat of mid-summer, male Timber Rattlesnakes travel up to a few miles from their den site in search of females. Most years, there are a couple sightings of this rare and elusive reptile in our area. Although dangerous, rattlesnake bites are easy to avoid and extremely rare. Simply be aware of your surroundings and don’t approach if you encounter a snake. If you think you have a rattlesnake on your property, call us at 515-250-9233 and we will assist. Call, don’t kill.

We are looking for a good photo of a River Otter in Madison County for use in the exhibits of our new conservation cente...
07/16/2021

We are looking for a good photo of a River Otter in Madison County for use in the exhibits of our new conservation center. If you have a photo you would be willing to share, please let us know.

We are looking for a good photo of a River Otter in Madison County for use in the exhibits of our new conservation center. If you have a photo you would be willing to share, please let us know.

🌿As we hiked we chatted about woodpeckers, mushrooms, moss, snakes....and Minecraft. 🌿
07/15/2021

🌿As we hiked we chatted about woodpeckers, mushrooms, moss, snakes....and Minecraft. 🌿

🌿As we hiked we chatted about woodpeckers, mushrooms, moss, snakes....and Minecraft. 🌿

Great day learning about and having fun with...water💦
07/14/2021

Great day learning about and having fun with...water💦

Join Summer Naturalist, Jessie Lowry at the Winterset Public Library this Wednesday to learn about butterflies and bees!...
07/12/2021

Join Summer Naturalist, Jessie Lowry at the Winterset Public Library this Wednesday to learn about butterflies and bees! 🌻🐛🐝🌻

Night Owls Camp Session 1✔️Double-stacked s’mores ✔️New friends (human and wild) ✔️Summer memories ✔️
07/09/2021

Night Owls Camp Session 1✔️
Double-stacked s’mores ✔️
New friends (human and wild) ✔️
Summer memories ✔️

What a great series of posts about Pammel. Thank you Madison County Historical Complex!
07/02/2021

What a great series of posts about Pammel. Thank you Madison County Historical Complex!

Photos from Madison County Historical Complex's post
07/02/2021

Photos from Madison County Historical Complex's post

You want to have these kiddos around if you’re ever stranded in the woods and need to make a shelter🐌🪵🌲🍂
07/01/2021

You want to have these kiddos around if you’re ever stranded in the woods and need to make a shelter🐌🪵🌲🍂

Thanks for sharing this great story Madison County Historical Complex!
07/01/2021

Thanks for sharing this great story Madison County Historical Complex!

Important lessons today at camp!💦 How to canoe, what to do if your canoe tips, how to work as a team...and how to make f...
06/30/2021

Important lessons today at camp!💦 How to canoe, what to do if your canoe tips, how to work as a team...and how to make friends💦

The road through Pammel park is OPEN. The signs are still up along Pammel Park Road stating the road is closed. Please i...
06/29/2021

The road through Pammel park is OPEN. The signs are still up along Pammel Park Road stating the road is closed. Please ignore those signs. A contracted sign company is responsible for removing the signs and they should be down soon.

If you haven't checked out the new road, it's a great day for a drive through the park.

The road through Pammel park is OPEN. The signs are still up along Pammel Park Road stating the road is closed. Please ignore those signs. A contracted sign company is responsible for removing the signs and they should be down soon.

If you haven't checked out the new road, it's a great day for a drive through the park.

Fire-building fun!🔥😊
06/29/2021

Fire-building fun!🔥😊

Thanks Madison County Historical Complex for this great post about Pammel!
06/25/2021

Thanks Madison County Historical Complex for this great post about Pammel!

🐸What a day! We learned about forests, deserts, and grasslands. And we found a tree frog friend!🐸
06/24/2021

🐸What a day! We learned about forests, deserts, and grasslands. And we found a tree frog friend!🐸

We learned about habitats and ecosystems today...and had a blast at the Ford!!💦💦💦
06/23/2021

We learned about habitats and ecosystems today...and had a blast at the Ford!!💦💦💦

What a great group of pollinator pals today at summer camp! 🦋🌻🐛
06/22/2021

What a great group of pollinator pals today at summer camp! 🦋🌻🐛

Check out the progress of the new Madison County Conservation Center. We are so fortunate to have the community support ...
06/22/2021

Check out the progress of the new Madison County Conservation Center. We are so fortunate to have the community support needed to make this center a reality. The new center will be fun for the whole family with interactive exhibits, educational classroom facilities, and and event space for community gatherings.

Watch for more pictures as we continue to make progress throughout the summer.

Caterpillars, rattlesnake “eggs,” and good old fashion “heads up 7 up” helped us beat the heat today. ☀️ Parents, tell t...
06/18/2021

Caterpillars, rattlesnake “eggs,” and good old fashion “heads up 7 up” helped us beat the heat today. ☀️ Parents, tell the kiddos the caterpillar turned into a chrysalis right after they left🐛☺️

06/17/2021

Heavy construction activity on campground road and Ford area today as construction crews wrap up road project at Pammel Park. Please drive with caution.

These kids really know how to have fun in NATURE!🌿🐛🪲🦎🦋🐞 🌻🍄🐝🦖☀️
06/16/2021

These kids really know how to have fun in NATURE!🌿🐛🪲🦎🦋🐞 🌻🍄🐝🦖☀️

Getting ready for Chipmunk Camp Day 2! (Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?)
06/16/2021

Getting ready for Chipmunk Camp Day 2! (Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?)

Getting ready for Chipmunk Camp Day 2! (Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?)

🐍We’ve got some very curious snake researchers today at summer camp🐍
06/15/2021

🐍We’ve got some very curious snake researchers today at summer camp🐍

06/10/2021

“I wish we had one million days of camp!” Quote from one of our campers.☺️

Campers found jumping spiders and a water snake today! We went on a safari and then cooled off in the Ford. 🌿🌻🐸🐌🪲🕷🐜
06/09/2021

Campers found jumping spiders and a water snake today! We went on a safari and then cooled off in the Ford. 🌿🌻🐸🐌🪲🕷🐜

Getting ready for day 2 of Salamander Camp! What a great group of nature kids🌿🌻🍃🐛
06/09/2021

Getting ready for day 2 of Salamander Camp! What a great group of nature kids🌿🌻🍃🐛

Oh hello little guy! Monarch caterpillar on common milkw**d at Pammel State Park🍃
06/08/2021

Oh hello little guy! Monarch caterpillar on common milkw**d at Pammel State Park🍃

Oh hello little guy! Monarch caterpillar on common milkw**d at Pammel State Park🍃

Photos from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's post
05/25/2021

Photos from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's post

Pammel Park Campground will be open on May 27. The campground can only be accessed via Carver Road. Please be advised th...
05/24/2021

Pammel Park Campground will be open on May 27. The campground can only be accessed via Carver Road. Please be advised that the rest of the park is still closed due to ongoing road construction. The Yurts are still available for reservations for Memorial Day weekend. All reservations for Pammel are made through www.mycountyparks.com
Please call the office at 515-462-3536 with any questions and have a great holiday weekend!

Pammel Park Campground will be open on May 27. The campground can only be accessed via Carver Road. Please be advised that the rest of the park is still closed due to ongoing road construction. The Yurts are still available for reservations for Memorial Day weekend. All reservations for Pammel are made through www.mycountyparks.com
Please call the office at 515-462-3536 with any questions and have a great holiday weekend!

Have you visited the Winterset Schools Outdoor Classroom lately? It’s full of birds and spring blooms. A big thanks to T...
05/17/2021

Have you visited the Winterset Schools Outdoor Classroom lately? It’s full of birds and spring blooms. A big thanks to Travis Nedved and his ecology students for helping us w**d the pollinator gardens! (You will find the outdoor classroom on school street, by the middle school). Winterset Community School District

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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.

Opening Hours

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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(515) 462-3536

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MCFEE
PO Box 129
Winterset, Iowa 50273

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The new road is great! Thanks to the conservation board! The campground is full of happy campers.
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!!