Caring for the Natural Beauty and Legacy of Our Land

This is the beginning of an exciting opportunity to create one of the premier conservation centers in Iowa: the Madison County Conservation Center.

Madison County has unmatched natural beauty—a landform known as the Southern Iowa Drift Plain—which deserves a conservation center that awe inspires with its natural environment. From its geology and forests, to its waterways, natural grasslands, and wildlife, the extraordinary vision of the conservation center’s planning and design will envelop patrons in a sensory and educational experience of the land.

We invite you to explore the comprehensive information on this website, and encourage you to join us in creating a truly magnificent conservation center.

The Madison County Conservation Center will be a portal to the outdoors, providing an enriched understanding of natural resources through education, exploration and recreation. It will serve to foster care about the natural beauty of Madison County — a landform known as the Southern Iowa Drift Plain, where rolling hills were formed from glacial till and molded by wind-blown loess soils and scouring rivers and streams.

Centrally located within Pammel State Park, the Conservation Center will use natural elements to tell a story about the legacy of our land and how it shaped our civilization.

When the prairies were covered with fresh green grass, when the lily, the sweet-william and the prairie rose were in full bloom… around the edges of the timber the lady-slipper and wild tiger lily grew… those beautiful sugar maples, those splendid black walnuts, those noble cottonwoods that used to line our streams… I would like once more to see the green prairies with their beautiful flowers, the trees standing, the springs flowering as they did in the days of my youth.

– Judge William Henry Lewis, May 1904, Three River Country, Madison County

Madison County voices share their vision of the Madison County Conservation Center: