Voted into existence by its residents in 1962, the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) is provided direction by five volunteer board members. The Board has the responsibility to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available public parks. They preserve playgrounds, recreation centers, forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas.
Funded through a property tax levy, grants, donations, and gifts, the WCCB manages over 2,000 acres of county, private and state-owned land, accessible to the general public. Management of the areas are carefully configured to provide for outdoor recreational and environmental needs of Washington County. Recreational opportunities include areas in which to picnic, camp, bike, hunt, fish, and more. Every effort is made to conserve all of the land under the WCCB's management for future generations to enjoy.
The WCCB also claims an award-winning environmental education program. Diverse opportunities for groups and individuals to learn about the natural world include scheduled events, one-on-one assistance, newsletters, interactive displays, bulletin boards, nature, library, and more.
As a place to visit and learn about the natural world, the WCCB gives families, individuals, and groups opportunities to share with each other and build a greater sense of community.
For more information on any of our parks, please contact us:
WASHINGTON COUNTY CONSERVATION
Conservation Education Center
2943 Highway 92
Ainsworth, IA 52201
PHONE: (319) 657-2400
FAX: (319) 657-2500
EMAIL: Contact the Washington CCB
WEBSITE: Go to Washington County Conservation
Activities in Washington County
Visitors to Washington County parks enjoy all sorts of great activities within their parks. Here is just a sampling:
- Picnic shelters
- Hiking & biking trails
- Equestrian trails & camping
- Numerous hunting & fishing opportunities
- Shooting Range
- Educational programs
Facilities in Washington County
Many diverse facilities are available for public use within the Washington County Park system:
- The Conservation Education Center at Marr Park
- Large indoor meeting room
- 2 Enclosed shelters and numerous open picnic shelters
- Camping: Modern & primitive
- Miles of hiking trails
- Shooting ranges (25, 50 and 100 yards)
- 2 Boat Ramps for river accesses
Parks in Washington County