Des Moines County Conservation


Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Des Moines County Conservation and Starr’s Cave Nature Center visitors, program attendees, volunteers, and staff.

In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, we have decided to close Starr’s Cave Nature Center and the main office doors to the public, as well as pause the majority of our public programming. In addition, in accordance with a directive by the Govenor of Iowa on April 6, 2020, all recreational campgrounds will be closed until at least April 30, 2020. While our building doors may be closed, our parks and trails will remain open. We recognize the value of parks and outdoor spaces, especially at a time like this, and will do our best to continue to provide such amenities while maintaining the health and safety of our employees and visitors.

Staff will still be working, so emails will be answered, shooting range memberships can still be renewed online and we will be in the office answering calls. In light of the necessary social isolation on account of this pandemic, we encourage you to take the time to get outdoors in your favorite county park. We simply ask that you continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and personal hygiene.

These facility closures will be in effect until further notice. Obviously, this is a fluid situation, so as details emerge, we will pass them on. Follow Des Moines County Conservation and Starr’s Cave Nature Center on Facebook for up to date information.

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