What’s Happening at Forest Park Museum
1. Public snake feedings at 1:30pm on Fridays
      July 24
      July 31
      August 7
      August 14
2. Prairie and Creek Tour at Forest Park at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5
3. The next personal tour day of Forest Park will be held any time on Wednesday, August 12


RRVT Trail Permits Now Available Online!

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

Dallas County Foundation pledges funds for the RRVT to HTT Connector Project.

In a letter received on Monday, June 15, 2015 from the Dallas County Foundation, Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board was informed of a major pledge for the connector project.  In the letter, Cheryl Semerad, Vice-President and Grant Committee Chair, stated, " On behalf of the board of directors of the Dallas County Foundation(DCF), we applaud your efforts in pursuing the connection of the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail with 9 miles of new bike trail.  To assist your efforts the DCF extends its help with a three-year pledge of $20,000 per year".  Wallace stated, “a big thank you goes out to everyone involved in the DCF.  Their pledge will help leverage other donations and support for this project". The Dallas County Conservation Board will be awarded their grant at the Grant Awards Ceremony held in Perry at the Hotel Pattee this September.  

The DCCB 2015 Summer Solstice Edition Newsletter is available to view on the Newsletter page of this website.

Raccoon Valley Bank announced a major donation of $100,000 for the
Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector Project.

Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board with Terry Nielsen.jpeg
Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board with Terry Nielsen, President/CEO of Raccoon Valley Bank on Thursday, May 28, 2015. 

This is the proposed Perry to Woodward trail connection project. “It is donations such as this that will leverage other funds that will help us connect two of the premier trail systems in the state of Iowa. Our department is proud to have Raccoon Valley Bank as a partner, and we thank them for their outstanding leadership and support,” Wallace commented.
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Tree planting 5-13-15     




May 13, 2015      
Dallas Co. Conservation Board staff members planting trees as part of the "Trees Along the Trail" project. Staff members left to right are: Mike Murphy, Cody Ridnour, Nick Boyle, and Greg Sieck
Monarch ButterflyWith over 3000 acres and 20 + sites comprised of parks, museums, wildlife refuges, hunting areas, boat ramps and
trails, Dallas County Conservation offers a variety of recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities.
Use the links at left to explore what Dallas County Conservation has to offer!


"Let's Connect!" Get more information on the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Project!

2015 Raccoon River Valley Trail Permits

The RRVT Permit Order Forms (Daily & Annual) can be found at each of the trail heads. Fill out the form along with your correct amount of money, drop it in the tube and the permit will be mailed to you; or download our Annual Permit Order Form:

Click here to download your Raccoon River Valley Trail Annual Permit Order Form

New!  You can use a credit card to purchase trail permits by stopping by the office or calling us at 515-465-3577.

Click to view Respect Public Property article by Mike Wallace, Director

This photo shows Dallas County Conservation Board receiving donations
to pave gravel trail crossings on the RRVT in Dallas County.
Gravel Crossing Donation Photo

From left to right in the photo:
Jim MillerDallas County Conservation Board member
Forest Ridgewayowner Bike World, $2400 donation
Mike Wallace Director, Dallas County Conservation Board
Danny Kruzicrepresenting Dee Zee Inc. ($2400 donation)
and representing a ($2400) donation from he and his wife Louisa.
Dan WillrichPresident, Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
There are still crossings that need to be paved. If you are interested in donating to pave all or part of a crossing for this project contact Mike Wallace, Dallas County Conservation Board, Director at 515-465-3577.

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 promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people. To encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources in Dallas County. To cultivate good citizenship through environmental education by providing natural, historical, cultural, and recreational programs to the public. To plan, acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of the county, public parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, county forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas." 

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