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CONSERVATION.  EDUCATION.  COMMUNITY.

Friends of Johnson County Conservation


Who are We?

A non-profit organization to support the educational and conservation functions of the Johnson County Conservation Board.

 

 

 

ABOUT US

Explore and Discover!

We encourage and assist you to “get out there” — to explore and discover the many natural areas here in Johnson County.

 

 

 

EXPLORE & DISCOVER

Volunteer

Whether you’re making new friends or enjoying the satisfaction of a team accomplishment — enjoy that feel-good feeling of being a volunteer!

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER

Join

We can’t do it all without you! And we know you want to help. Here’s an easy way to get involved — without getting that sunburn!

 

 

 

JOIN

Have fun and get involved in a way that best fits you!


Explore & Discover

Johnson County Conservation-owned areas provide interesting places for exploration all over the county, enhanced by continued growth in our county-wide trail systems.

Some of the activities you can enjoy at JCC-managed properties include: picnicking, birdwatching, nature study, photography, hiking, cross country skiing, fishing, camping, kayaking/canoeing, and above all enjoyment of time spent int the great outdoors.

We encourage people of all ages to get out and enjoy nature. Whether you attend events organized by staff and volunteers or choose to explore the many miles of trails and park areas by yourself, you may just be surprised to see all there is to enjoy right here in Johnson County!


Volunteer

The Johnson County Conservation staff do a fantastic job. Friends of Johnson County Conservation currently serves as a philanthropic partner but we hope to soon expand our support of JCCB staff by recruiting and organizing community volunteers.

Do you benefit from the wonderful resources JCC work so hard to provide? If so, check back here soon or join us on Facebook to find out how YOU might be able to help JCC!

 


Join

We believe that fulfilling our goals in support of Johnson County Conservation benefits everyone who uses these properties, both county residents and visitors alike. We can’t do it without your help!

Please join us today as a member. Membership in Friends of Johnson County Conservations is affordable–choose your level of engagement! Membership fees and donations go into a fund that Johnson County Conservation staff can use for their needs. In the past this has included things ranging from purchase of birdseed for the bird blind to the purchase of kayaks and snowshoes to expand JCC’s seasonal programming.

We can’t accomplish our goals without your participation! THANK YOU!

 

Johnson County Conservation passports

Did you know that the naturalists at JCC have created a passport to guide you to their properties? Click the image above to download one and join in the fun!

About Friends of Johnson County Conservation

 


We’re here to support and promote the Johnson County Conservation Department, its staff and programs. The Johnson County Conservation staff do a fantastic job; the Friends group provides assistance as a philanthropic partner with the intention to also encourage community volunteers.

We are a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.

We are excited about partnering with the Johnson County Conservation Board to support their goals and spread word about all of the wonderful natural areas right here in Johnson County.
Our Latest News


Kent Park Birdwalk 10 16 19

Kent Park Birdwalk 10 16 19

Kent Park Birdwalk 10 16 19 Oct 16, 2019 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 6 Birders 23 species (+3 species on my way home) Today was another not particularly pleasant day to be birding. It was on the dark side – most birds appeared to have no color, which made...

Kent P Birdwalk 10/2/19

Kent P Birdwalk 10/2/19

  Oct 2, 2019 8:14 AM - 9:49 AM    1.0 mile(s) Birder 3. Birds 17: Canada Goose 5, Accipiter sp. 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 20, Blue Jay 11, American Crow 4, Black-capped Chickadee 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, European Starling 10,...

Butterfly Count 7 22 19

Iowa City Butterfly Count 2019 by Chris Edwards On Monday 7/22, 2 people joined me on the annual Iowa City Butterfly Count as part of the North American Butterfly Association's 4th of July Butterfly Count Program.  The count was postponed from the original date...

4 September 2019 Birdwalk

4 September 2019 Birdwalk

F.W. Kent Park Sep 4, 2019 7:54 AM 1.60 miles, 136 Minutes 5 birders   34 species: Trumpeter Swan 1, Wood Duck 5, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, American White Pelican 236 [218, 3, 15 birds], Turkey Vulture 1, Red-headed Woodpecker 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4,...

F.W. Kent Park Birdwalk, September 18, 2019

F.W. Kent Park Birdwalk, September 18, 2019

  There were 3 Birders and we walked 1.5 miles.  This week's Crew17 species: Wood Duck  7, Mourning Dove  10, Bald Eagle  1, Red-headed Woodpecker  8, Northern Flicker  1, Eastern Wood-Pewee  1 [heard calling as we were getting ready to leave], Great Crested...

We’ve Come a Long Way

I have resided in Johnson County since 1971 and have hiked or camped in many of our beautiful parks and natural areas.  Nearly thirty years ago I served on the JCCB and was part of the board that hired Johnson County's first naturalist.  We've come a long way and it would not have been possible without the passionate leadership and service of our dedicated JCCB staff and volunteers through the years!  I am thrilled with our recent trail development and acquisitions that further increase our presence throughout the entire county.

Deb Quade

Friends of Johnson County Conservation
2018-06-19T23:14:18+00:00

Deb Quade

I have resided in Johnson County since 1971 and have hiked or camped in many of our beautiful parks and natural areas.  Nearly thirty years ago I served on the JCCB and was part of the board that hired Johnson County's first naturalist.  We've come a long way and it would not have been possible without the passionate leadership and service of our dedicated JCCB staff and volunteers through the years!  I am thrilled with our recent trail development and acquisitions that further increase our presence throughout the entire county.

Amazing People

Have you have had the chance to meet any of the amazing people that work for Johnson County Conservation? The more I interact with these people, the more amazed I am. They are knowledgeable and passionate about conservation. Talk to them the next chance you get. You will like them and you might learn something.

Rick Hollis

Friends of Johnson County Conservation
2018-06-16T14:47:41+00:00

Rick Hollis

Have you have had the chance to meet any of the amazing people that work for Johnson County Conservation? The more I interact with these people, the more amazed I am. They are knowledgeable and passionate about conservation. Talk to them the next chance you get. You will like them and you might learn something.

Gotta love Kent Park!

I'm not from Johnson County but we have visited Kent Park multiple times every single year for the past 25 years. Wow! What's not to love about Kent Park? We love the campgrounds and the quiet atmosphere there. And our walks around the lake are another highlight of each visit. And I'm always in awe at how well the park is maintained. A very beautiful place indeed!

Don L.

Friends of Johnson County Conservation
2016-02-03T18:08:41+00:00

Don L.

I'm not from Johnson County but we have visited Kent Park multiple times every single year for the past 25 years. Wow! What's not to love about Kent Park? We love the campgrounds and the quiet atmosphere there. And our walks around the lake are another highlight of each visit. And I'm always in awe at how well the park is maintained. A very beautiful place indeed!
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