Partners for Conservation Foundation

Our Mission

To enhance the programs of the Des Moines County Conservation Board and generate conservation and outdoor recreation in Des Moines County, Iowa.

Our Vision

Work diligently to enhance conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone.

Our Work

County Parks Fundraiser

Calling all county park lovers!

Join Des Moines County Conservation and the Partners for Conservation Foundation for the “I Heart County Parks” fundraising banquet on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Barn on the Ridge, 14133 Irish Ridge Rd., Burlington. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

The event will feature games, raffles, and live and silent auctions along with a great BBQ dinner. All proceeds from the event support local county parks and programs including:

If you love county parks like we do, we look forward to seeing you on April 4.

Tickets are $40/person and include dinner and a door prize. Purchase tickets online at

Have something you’d like to donate to the event? Want to showcase your business in front of the local outdoors community? Sponsorship options are available. Contact banquet coordinator Nicole Morris at (563) 554-3246 or via email.

Help us build a "World-Class Park"

For decades now, we've worked with Des Moines County Conservation to create a park where families can go to lose themselves for a weekend outdoors. A place free from the distractions of everyday life and full of opportunity to play outside where families can make the kind of life-defining memories that are so important for so many reasons.

That park is Big Hollow, an 800-acre multi-use park near Sperry, IA. And we have big plans for its future. We want to turn it into the type of park that puts our county on the map. A place that residents are proud to have in their backyard. A place that draws visitors from far-off metros. A place that rivals any state or national park, not in size but in quality. 

Want to know more? Check out the Big Hollow Master Plan then contact us to discuss how you can help make it a reality.

Expand & Improve Local Trails

We seek to grow and improve the local trails in our community. We have worked closely over the years with Des Moines County Conservation and the City of Burlington on many trail projects, most notably the Flint River Trail. We continue to seek contributions to keep these projects moving forward.

Connecting You to Nature

Another major area of focus is supporting local environmental education programs. Whether its the creation of the outdoor classroom at Aldo Leopold School or supporting summer camps and other education programs at Des Moines County Conservation's Starr's Cave Nature Center, we work hard to raise the funding needed to connect our community to nature through education. 

Want to contribute?

Contact the Des Moines County Conservation office at (319) 753-8260 or via email at and they'll put you in touch with a Foundation member.