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COVID-19 Accommodations

Stay up to date with current COVID-19 park and facility regulations.

General 

In an attempt to maintain continuity of operations and limit potential exposure to the coronavirus/COVID-19, the Jones County Courthouse and all County facilities will be closed to unrestricted public access beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, until further notice. 

County staff will remain available to assist the public and conduct county business via telephone and email.  Limited in-person appointments may continue to be available through all county departments, with each office maintaining a log of contact information for each person visiting their office (to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts).

 Administrative offices within the Nature Center are operating and business appointments can be made by calling (563) 487-3541.  Please continue to enjoy outdoor activities and adventures at Central Park.

Conservation Board

The Jones County Conservation Board plan to continue to meet monthly electronically. The County is providing alternate opportunities detailed in the meeting agenda for remote participation via the internet and various telephone options.

To abide by health, safety, and social distancing guidelines, the public will not be permitted to be physically present at the meeting. Remote participation options are available and further described elsewhere on the agenda.

All county staff who will be physically present at the meeting must go through a health screening survey at the entrance of the Nature Center. Remote participation is available via telephone and the internet using the information at the bottom, or second page, of the agenda. Various telephone numbers are listed in that information for audio-only access.

Given the current public health emergency declared by the Governor, with respect to COVID-19, it is the position of the Conservation Board that their monthly meeting may occur electronically, as authorized under Iowa Code Section 21.8, as it is impossible or impractical to have the meeting in person and fully open to the public.

Parks & Wildlife Areas

General

Administrative offices within the Nature Center are operating and business appointments can be made by calling (563) 487-3541.  Please continue to enjoy outdoor activities and adventures.

Central Park

September 2020 -The Central Park Nature Center is open for viewing Monday through Friday by appointment or walk-in when time slots are available. Please call the administrative office at (563) 487-3541 ext 1 or ext 3 to set up an appointment. Family groups of six or less can sign up for 1/2 hour time slots to walk through the center.

  • Many hands-on exhibits are currently closed or removed at this time. Live animals are not being used in hands-on programs.
  • Anyone entering the Nature Center will need to complete a short COVID-19 health screening, sign-in, and hand washing before entering the exhibit and office space. Face masks are encouraged.
  • Administrative offices within the Nature Center are operating and business appointments can be made by calling (563) 487-3541.

We encourage everyone to continue to enjoy outdoor opportunities and adventure at Central Park while you await the return of close quarter indoor fun.

Map · Jones County Conservation

12515 Central Park Rd. · Center Junction, IA 52212