Jackson County Conservation provides outdoor recreation and education opportunities and encourages the development and conservation of natural resources.
We manage 37 parks for public use; including wildlife areas, campgrounds, historic sites and trails; encompassing more than 2,000 acres in Jackson County.
Popular outdoor recreation opportunities include picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, boating, birding, geocaching and more!
Jackson County is located in eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River.
Our 3rd and final bioblitz at Prairie Creek Recreation Area will take place Sept 11-12. Check our the BioBlitz Webpage for more details!
Help out our native pollinators by planting more native flowers, shrubs and trees this fall! You can purchase a variety of wildflower seed through our fall seed sale.
Millions of people around the world will sit down to a meal sometime today courtesy of the prairies that once covered much of Iowa. Jackson County Conservation invites visitors to experience the story of our prairie heritage through the traveling exhibit “Tallgrass Prairie – Past, Present and Future”; on display August 8 to October 12 at the Hurstville Interpretive Center, just north of Maquoketa.
Hands-on displays and interactive components will engage visitors in learning about the
prairie landscape and native plant and animal species. Area residents are also invited to become personally involved in the preservation and restoration and learn more of the prairie ecosystem through public events scheduled through the conservation office this fall. Visit our Calendar of Events page for opportunities.
The “Tallgrass Prairie” exhibit was produced by the Iowa Association of Naturalists with funds from the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP – CEP), Living Roadway Trust Fund, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Trust for Local Conservation, the Tallgrass Prairie Center – UNI, and Truax Company.
Pick up a journal and head outdoors and explore our county parks! Two safaris to take part in! More details on the Safari webpage.
The Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring a photo contest again this year in order to raise awareness of our local waters. The theme of the contest is “People & Water: Making the Connection.”
Photos must be of a stream, river or pond, and contain at least one person in the picture to be eligible. Each contestant may enter up to three photos. Photos of any size can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at the Jackson SWCD office at 603 1/2 E. Platt Street from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm weekdays.
Photos can be submitted until October 1st.. This will give photography enthusiasts all summer to snap pictures of people enjoying water through activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, or even quiet reflection.
Ribbons and certificates will be awarded, and the top five pictures will be enlarged and framed. Last year’s entries were exhibited at the Maquoketa Art Experience and the Hurstville Interpretive Center. Select pictures were placed in the Jackson SWCD annual calendar. Fill out an entry form for each picture submitted. The consent release must be signed by the person(s) shown in photo if their faces can easily be identified.
For more information, contact the Jackson SWCD at 563-652-2337 ex. 3.
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Jackson County Conservation
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Offices at the Hurstville
Click here for directions
Phone: (563) 652-3783
Fax: (563) 652-2191
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
January - March CLOSED
April - October 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Nov. - Dec. 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Parks and trails are open 6 am - 10:30 pm
Tune into KMAQ on the radio for our weekly "In the Great Outdoors" segment. Topics relate to wildlife and conservation issues in Iowa.
KMAQ AM 1320 Wednesdays at 4:35 pm
and Saturdays at 8:15 am
KMAQ FM 95.1 Wednesdays at 5:45 pm
and Saturdays at 7:45 am
- Aldo Leopold
The Jackson County Conservation Board is responsible to acquire, develop, maintain and make the following available to the inhabitants of the county: public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, county forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, and to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation.
If anyone believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap, he or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240
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