About Us

Linn County Conservation owns and manages more than 7,000 acres of public resources throughout the county. Resources include:

  • 28 areas, including parks, natural areas and playgrounds
  • Over 100 miles of trail
  • Over 300 campsites
  • A regionally significant observatory
  • An award-winning learning center
  • An arboretum
  • A watercraft rental facility
  • A modern shooting range

These public resources allow space for activities such as camping, hiking, geocaching, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, fishing and hunting.   

Department Mission and Vision

Our Vision

To improve community through people, parks, trails and open space.

Our Mission

Protect natural resources; promote health and wellness; strengthen safety and security: support economic development; increase environmental awareness; provide outdoor recreational experiences; foster human development; and strengthen community image and sense of place.


Dennis Goemaat, Executive Director
Daniel Gibbins, Deputy Director 

Linn County Conservation Department has a staff of 37 people that serve in different roles throughout the three conservation districts.

The three districts are: 

  • Wapsipinicon District
  • North Cedar District
  • South Cedar District 

Each district has a resource manager (park ranger), assistant resource manager and resource technicians. The administrative team supports reservations, accounts payable and special programs. The Natural Resources team and the Services team supports the entire county. The Conservation Education team works at various places throughout the county, but is located at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center.   

To contact the Linn County Conservation Department, call 319-892-6450 or email conservation@linncountyparks.com.

Media inquiries:     

Ryan Schlader
Community Outreach, Linn County Conservation
(319) 892-6452     ryan.schlader@linncounty.org