Linn County Conservation

Parks, Preserves, Natural Areas, Facilities, Trails... 

For the benefit of the public, Linn County Conservation manages 28 areas, over 100 miles of multi-use trail, 320 campsites, a regionally-significant observatory, a learning center, a modern shooting range, a historic schoolhouse, an arboretum, a watercraft rental facility and offers high-quality educational programming.

The Conservation Department headquarters are located at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center northwest of Cedar Rapids. The three park district offices are located in the major county parks (Squaw Creek Park, Morgan Creek Park, Pinicon Ridge Park).  The department employees 35 full-time staff as well as nearly two dozen part-time staff in the summer months.

Lodges, shelters and cabins are available to rent. To check availability and make a reservation visit the facilities tab of . Campsites are first come, first serve, with the exception of A Loop at Squaw Creek park which can be reserved. 

To find out about upcoming public programming, events, and educational opportunities at Wickiup Hill Learning Center you can visit the events tab of

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Your county conservation program is supported by a property tax levy through the board of supervisors, user fees, state and federal grants, as well as gifts and donations.

The Linn County Conservation Board - since being established by an overwhelming vote of the people of Linn County in 1958 - now manages over 7,000 acres in the form of parks, preserves, natural areas, and linear parks (trails).   Each year, the one million plus visitors to the Linn County parks provide an economic impact to our various local economies in excess of $20 million.