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Little Wagon Train

Wednesday  July 26, 2017  9 - 11 a.m. Forest Park


Bring your little wagon packed with your favorite snack, drink, toys, books and blanket and have your whole family join the fun of a simulated miniature wagon train rolling through the prairie at Forest Park. The day's adventures will include activities and artifacts from when European settlers were first moving into the area. This program is weather dependent - preregistration is requested. To register please call the office—515-465-3577


Spend Smart, Eat Smart   Sunday July 30, 2017  1:30-3pm

Forest Park Museum

Trying to cut down on food costs? Maybe it’s time to consider a more strategic approach to meal planning and shopping. This class will help you learn about the foods that give you the best taste and nutrition for your money. Participants will receive sample menus and grocery lists and practice writing delicious meal plans according to MyPlate principles. Class is taught by a registered dietitian. FREE. Optional “Healthy and Homemade” cookbook will be available for $5. Registration is required for this program. - To register please call the office—515-465-3577


Hunter Education Class
Forest Park Museum - Perry
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 ~ 8 am – 12:30 pm

This Class requires successful completion of the online class section.
 Please bring the completed certificate with you to this class. 
Call 515-465-3577 with any questions.

 REGISTER ON LINE at  Go to Hunter Education – Online Registration - Education Programs

Classroom space is limited: pre-registration is required.



 Farm Credit Services donation

The “Connector” Project receives donation from Farm Credit Services of America.

 Andrea Tunink is shown presenting a check for $2000 for the “Connector” project to Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board, Monday, June 19, 2017.  Andrea is representing Farm Credit Services of America.  Earlier this spring several employees of Farm Credit Services of America volunteered their time at Forest Park Museum and the Voas Nature Area as part of their community involvement volunteer opportunity program.  They worked hard and did some spring clean-up and landscaping for the two park areas.  “To come back and make a significant donation to the Dallas County Conservation Foundation for the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector project was a big surprise”, stated Wallace.  “We really appreciate their support and their donation of time and funds to help our department with some of the areas and projects we are involved in”.


RRVT to HTT Connector Project Receives funds/donations

The Dallas County Conservation Foundation (DCCF) recently was informed that they will receive a $90,000 grant from the Wellmark Foundation. As stated in the award letter: “It is with great pleasure to inform you that The Wellmark Foundation Board of Directors has approved your request for a $90,000 Large MATCH Grant for the proposed Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector - Phase I. We commend you for your commitment to the health of your community and the individuals that will benefit from your project. As outlined in The Wellmark Foundation’s 2017 Matching Assets to Community Health RFP, the grant amount must be matched on a dollar-per-dollar basis. In order to receive your $90,000 grant, you will need to verify your matching funds by Monday, September 18, 2017. We are delighted in the work you are doing to make Iowa a better place for all of us to engage in a safe and healthy environment in which to be active. Again, congratulations on the approval of a $90,000 Wellmark Foundation Large MATCH Grant. We look forward to the impact this project will have on generations to come.

What this means is that we need to match this grant with another $90,000, stated Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board. This Phase I project would be the first construction segment of the RRVT to HTT Connector trail. This Phase I Construction would include the segment from 18th street in Perry east approximately 1.5 miles to 130th street. It is hoped that this could happen in 2018. The estimated project cost for this Phase I construction is $556,000.
In addition to the recently awarded Wellmark Match Grant, the Dallas County Conservation Foundation also received an additional $10,000 from Bob and Jane Sturgeon donated through the Dallas County Foundation. This special donation was given the same night of the annual Dallas County Foundation awards dinner, April 18, 2017. At that event, the Dallas County Foundation made its final pledge payment donation of $20,000 for the connector project. This brought the total Connector pledge amount paid to a total of $60,000.

These recent funds received or awarded to the DCCF as you might expect, are a great start to getting to the $556,000 estimated Phase I project total. Wallace stated he will continue to apply for additional funds as those opportunities present themselves. Now that the trail season is upon us it would be a great time to make a sizeable donation for this Phase I project. Please consider donating to help raise the funds for this Phase and for the ultimate completion of the RRVT to HTT Connector project. You can donate by going to the following web site or call the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577.

Wallace and DCF

 L-R Butch Niebuhr, Scott Cirksena (both with the Dallas County Foundation Board), Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board, and Tim Canney, President of the Dallas County Foundation



“Dallas County Conservation is looking for dedicated groups, families, or individuals willing to adopt a  section of the Raccoon River Valley Trail.  We currently have four sections open for adoption. Adopt-A-Trail .   These sections listed below alongside the map may be broken down into smaller practical sections if needed. 

This is a list of what we are looking for from the adopting entity:

 1.  Name of sponsor and contact info

2.  Type of work willing to preform(litter removal, vegetation control or removal, etc.)

3.  Signed application form agreeing to DCCB’s rules and regulations pertaining to adopt-a-trail entities

***For a copy of the application form please email***

 If this seems like something that you, your group, or family would be interested in please call or email Curt Cable. or 515-202-6162.  He will get you set up with the proper paperwork and answer any questions you may have.


* Raccoon River Greenbelt Newsletter - Summer solstice 2017  Here

RRVT Trail Permits Available Online
Dallas County Conservation Board offers you the convenience of purchasing your Raccoon River Valley Trail permits online. Click on "Annual Trail Pass" on the upper left hand side. Very easy!


Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm


Mission Statement

"To protect, preserve, and enhance our natural resources by providing opportunities to improve the public’s quality of life through environmental education, ecosystem management, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation.”

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