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Environmental Education

The Jones County Conservation Board would like to invite you to consider the Jones County Nature Center, your communities, and the many outdoor areas of Jones County as rewarding locations to learn about our natural environment. You will find our diverse ecosystems and wildlife offer many educational opportunities.

The Jones County Conservation Board Naturalist is available to give environmental education programs to schools, daycares, youth and adult groups, and the general public upon request. Programs can be given at almost any location, including at the group's place of meeting or in the classroom. Programs can be given indoors or out-of-doors depending on the circumstances. Naturalist programs are given at no charge and are tailored to the group or class request. Free will donations are accepted.  

Monthly public programs are advertised in local newspapers, on our Facebook page, and on the county calendar.  

For a listing of programs offered to youth groups see our Youth Group Naturalists brochure and presentation.

Check out a Nature Explorer Backpack for your family, youth group, daycare, or classroom.  1 Month free check out!  Click here to learn more by downloading a Nature Explorer Backpack brochure.

Youth participating in Natural Resource programming throughout Iowa are eligible to participate in the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program. Yearly Certificates and patches or stickers are awarded to those youth completing the Program. 

Iowa Junior Naturalist Program Brochure

Hunter Education Courses

Hunting courses are available through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Wild Edibles Trail

Click here to download the Wild Edibles Trail brochure.  Visit  to learn more about wild edible plants you can incorporate into your home landscaping.

Bluebird Project

Help Jones County Conservation conduct research by monitoring bluebird nest boxes in our county parks. 

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Map · Jones County Conservation

12515 Central Park Rd. · Center Junction, IA 52212