Conservation

 

Camping at Marr Park

WATER IN THE CAMPGROUND HAS BEEN TURNED OFF FOR THE SEASON. EACH SITE HAS ELECTRIC WITH A DUMP STATION AT THE FRONT OF THE CAMPGROUND.
 As of January 1, 2022 the campground rate will increase to $20/night.
The campground offers 41 sites all with 50 amp electrical hook-up and water spigots. The Dump Station is located at the front of the campground. All sites are first come, first serve. Please refer to our campground rules and regulations.


Rental Facilities

2023 rental dates open October 1 2022. Email wscountyconservation@gmail.com
or call the Center at 319-657-2400 to reserve a facility. 

Marr Park offers 1 indoor rental, 2 enclosed shelters, and 3 open shelters for daily rent.
 The Steinbeck Conference Hall is $200 to rent with a required $200 refundable deposit. This room located inside the Conservation Education Center has heating and air, a kitchen with oven, refrigerator, and sink, table and chairs to fit 128 people, and restrooms down the hall. 
 Shelter 1 located at the front of the park is our first enclosed shelter. This rental facility is $40 to rent with a required $40 refundable deposit. Amenities include a wood burning stove, 8 picnic tables, a covered awning, and year-round restrooms located just to the east of the building.
The Mary Marr Lodge is our larger enclosed shelter situated between the pond and Thomas Marr Mini Lake. This rental is $60 to rent with a required $60 refundable deposit. Amenities in this shelter include a wood burning stove, 10 picnic tables, a covered awning, and restrooms located outside the main doors. If you would also like to reserve the Gazebo that overlooks the pond, it is an additional $20 to the rental and deposit fee. 
Shelter 2, 3, & 4 are open shelters that are free to rent. You can call the Conservation Center to reserve a shelter otherwise they are first come, first serve. Each shelter has outlets, lighting, and 6 picnic tables. Shelter 2 is located at the front of the park near Shelter 1 and the playground. Shelter 3 is located near the old soccer fields. Shelter 4 is located just north of the Campground with a playground and restrooms nearby. 
**Deposit is returned as long as all rental items and trash are removed from rental and nothing is broken**

New Displays

Nature Center Displays have been installed. Click the link to see the video McCullough Creative created.

 

Upcoming Events With WCCB 

Youth Ice Fishing Clinic | February 4 | Mary Marr Lodge                                                In collaboration with Washington County ISU Extension & Outreach, we will be hosting a youth ice fishing clinic, with check-in at 8:30am. Participants will have the opportunity to learn all about ice fishing and receive their very own equipment to take home with them! The even is limited to 20 kids. Registration is required with a $10 fee. Call our naturalist at 319-657-2400 to get registered. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ICE.

Prescribed Fire Workshop for Landowners | February 9 | Conservation Center        WCCB has partnered with Louisa County Conservation for a public event. This course is perfect for landowners who are interested in prescribed fire as a management tool for prairies and woodlands. With multiple different agencies involved, we will cover the benefits to prescribed burns, how to plan, firefighting tools, and much more. Registration begins at 8:30am with a $25 fee and the day ends at 4pm. Lunch is included. Please bring a reusable coffee mug, pen, and a map of the area you are interested in burning as we will have staff on hand to answer site specific questions. To register, click here. Please call Louisa County Conservation at 319-523-8381 with any questions. 

Hunter Education Course | March 25-26 | Conservation Center / Clemons Creek   Washington County Conservation will be sponsoring a free hunter education classroom and field day course. Saturday March 25th will be spent in the classroom at the Conservation Education Center and Sunday March 26th will be a field day with live fire at Clemons Creek Shooting Range. Students must be 11 years old or older to attend. Please note, certificates do not become valid until the 12th birthday. Please register here. If you have any questions, give our naturalist a call at 319-657-2400.