Conservation

Mission: To preserve and protect natural and cultural resources and to improve community through access to parks, trails, open spaces and recreational and educational opportunities that are managed sustainably for the present and future.

Over 8,000 acres are managed by Linn County Conservation in the form of parks, trails, natural areas, and preserves for all to enjoy! Over 28 areas, 100+ miles of trail, over 300+ campsites, a nature center (Wickiup Hill Learning Center), and so much more! 

COVID-19 Announcement 

The Wickiup Hill Learning Center is now open to the public on a limited basis:

Hours:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

Additional restrictions/guidelines are in place, including mask requirements

Linn County Conservation lodge rentals/reservations can me made for dates after April 1 Space limitations and other restrictions may apply.

Linn County Conservation can be reached by email or phone:

  • conservation@linncounty.org
  • 319-892-6485 (Wickiup Hill Learning Center)
  • 319-892-6450 (Conservation Headquarters)

Programs and Events

Register for conservation education programs and events.

Sign up for our  eNEWS  group for the latest Linn County Conservation news, including our latest programs at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Derecho Update

Salvage Harvest

Linn County Conservation is continuing efforts to remove the devastation from areas impacted from this storm, while taking steps to replenish the woodlands. 

Removing the Devastation: Reclaiming our Woodlands (video) 

Learn more about our ongoing sustainability efforts:

Why a Salvage Log Harvest? (PDF)

Salvage Log sale bid information can be found on the Natural Resource and Land Management tab 

Morgan Creek Park, Wanatee Park,  and Wickiup Hill Learning Center outdoor areas have mostly reopened following the august derecho. However, some select trails and park sections may be closed for safety reasons and/or for ongoing debris removal. Please observe signage and gate closures where applicable. Several natural areas and trails may also have areas of debris, but are available for public use.

Campground Host Opening

Flying Squirrel Campground at Pinicon Ridge Park has a campground host opening (volunteer position) for 2021. Free camping is provided at a designated site between the months of April and October in exchange for light duties and customer service. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Campground Host description and application.

Matsell Bridge Shooting Range

Matsell Bridge Shooting Range  information, including how to purchase your permit for the season.

  1. Linn County Tree Equity Program Launched from Planting Forward Initiative

    The program will provide trees to those who have some barrier to accessing this valuable natural resource as we re-canopy Linn County. Read on...
  2. Linn County Conservation announces reopening of Wickiup Hill Learning Center

    Linn County Conservation's nature center reopens to the public with restrictions and guidelines due to COVID-19. Read on...
  3. Linn County Conservation unveils 2020 Annual Report

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