COMING SOON! A new Naturalist (farewell my friends).

Some of you may already know, but I have some news… I have a new job.  Let this article serve as my formal declaration that my last day working for the Madison County Conservation Board will be Friday, April 22 which, fittingly, is Earth Day.  This is a very bittersweet announcement as I have enjoyed … Read more

Plant. Grow. Fly

Mayors Monarch Pledge Final     DES MOINES, Iowa (March 23, 2016) – Des Moines’ Mayor, Frank Cownie, became the first mayor in Iowa to take the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. “The City of Des Moines is excited to partner with Iowa communities to fight to save the monarch species as their population … Read more

The M.C.F.E.E. Chili Throwdown recap

I want to offer a HUGE thanks to The Sports Page for hosting our event on Saturday.  Many moons ago (long before Molly came to Madison County), the foundation used to put on a chili cookoff.  As one of our goals of 2016, we wanted to revitalize and bring back the event.  So when I … Read more


I don’t know about you, but there is something very refreshing for me at the start of the year.  One of my favorite parts of being involved in the world of county conservation is the annual trip to Waterloo, Iowa for the Winterfest Conference.  This is sponsored by the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to say hello and wish all of our friends in the community a very happy Thanksgiving!  Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.  We will be open again on Monday, November 30th at 7 AM.   REMINDERS: -We will be sending out a letter to … Read more

Full Moon Float

There will be a full moon and some mild temperatures on Tuesday, October 27th so we have decided to host one final Full Moon Float for the season. If you are interested in joining us, meet out at the City Lake at 6 PM.   Dress warmly and bring headlamps.  Campfire will follow afterward. If … Read more

Halloween Hikes

It’s that time of year again!  Time for some family friendly Halloween fun.  Our annual Halloween Hikes out at Pammel Park is a tradition that has been around for many years and continues to grow.  For this year’s event, I have solicited the help of my Winterset High School Conservation Club students.  They will act … Read more


Please consider joining us for our Evening Under the Stars dinner and auction, Saturday, October 3rd starting at 5:30 PM at the Pammel Park Lodge! Call 462-3536 for tickets TODAY!!!!

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

The Madison County Conservation Board is proud to partner with the Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. program to bring awareness of the decreasing number of native pollinators around the state.  There are over 30 partners, nearly 500 registered pollinator gardens and so many engaged citizens involved with this initiative. Sunday, September 20th from noon to 4:00 … Read more