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The mission of Dubuque County Conservation Board is to enhance the quality of life of our citizens by providing quality outdoor recreation facilities, environmental education and by promoting the long-term protection of Dubuque County's natural resources and heritage.
The Dubuque County Conservation Board was created in 1957 after the citizens of Dubuque county voted to authorize its creation. The Dubuque County Conservation Board manages 17 different areas throughout the county totalling 2,394 acres. Those areas offer recreational opportunitues including camping, trails, picnking, boating access, golfing, fishing and hunting. Dubuque County Conservation also manages a 29 mile long multi-use recreational trail. It is primarily used by bicycle riders, hikers, runners, and snowmobilers. Swiss Valley Nature Center is the main headquaters of Dubuque County Conservation. The nature center has numerious interacive displays, live animals, and educational programs.