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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: March 29, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Campsites opening soon, Wickiup Hill Nature Egg Hunt coming up in April


LINN COUNTY, IA –March 29, 2017- Campgrounds at Morgan Creek, Pinicon Ridge, and Squaw Creek County Parks will be opening Friday, March 31. Due to overnight temperatures, water will not be turned on. Water will be available at the campsites within two weeks as the weather permits. All other campsites are expected to be open and available no later than April 15.

Linn County Conservation manages over 320 camping sites, ranging from primitive (non-electric) to full hook-up. All family and equestrian campground sites are first come-first served, with the exception of Squaw Creek Park A-Loop, which can be reserved in advance. Group Camps are also reserved. Firewood is available to purchase for in park use at Morgan Creek, Pinicon Ridge, and Squaw Creek parks for $5 a bundle. Find out more about our campsites at

New this year is a completed primitive pack-in campsite at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center, located at 10260 Morris Hills Road, Toddville, Iowa. This group campsite, which is designed for families, scout and youth groups, features a replica Wickiup, ADA platform for tents, and a fire ring with sitting stones. Nearby trails, savanna, prairie and woodland areas are all available for the camper to explore! This year round campsite is available by reservation only at (click on facilities).

April Programs and Events:


Linn County Conservation is hosting several upcoming public events at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Road, Toddville, Iowa. Find out more about Linn County Conservation programs under Events at or Follow us at 

(All events at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, unless noted)


6th Annual Wickiup Hill Nature Egg Hunt Saturday, April 8, 10am

Challenge your youngsters to find 12 different colored eggs and then turn them in for prizes! Be ready to look high and low for eggs hidden in the tall grass prairie, the woodland, and along the savanna-hiking trail. Aimed for ages 3 and up. You MUST preregister by April 4 online at or by calling 319-892-6485. Cost: $3/child.


Science for Squirts: Hike and Play Day! 

Friday, April 14, 10-11am


We will hike back through the forest, do some exploring, and end at the sand boxes. Ages 3-6, but younger and older siblings welcome. Cost $2/child. Please call 319-892-6485 at least 2 days prior to program to register.




Wolves in Yellowstone: the First Twenty Years 

Monday, April 17, 7pm at Cherry Auditorium, Coe College

Linn County Community Connections Series 


Doug Smith, head of the Wolf Reintroduction Program in Yellowstone National Park will be visiting Coe College to give a bio seminar to students during the day and present a public lecture at 7pm. Smith will discuss wolf population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, effects of the wolves’ presence on ecosystems, and wolf management within Yellowstone National Park. No fee for this program.


Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeders 

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm 


Make a hummingbird feeder out of a used wine bottle and learn about these fascinating migratory birds. We will have wine bottles and items to decorate them. Space is limited. Cost: $10 per person. Call 319-892-6485 to register. Registration deadline is April 24.


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