Louisa County Offices remain closed until June 16.  This includes the Complex (Conservation & Sheriff); Courthouse and Annex; Roads and Public Health!  Contact the office you want to do business with prior to going to make sure they are able to offer the services you are requesting.

Toolesboro Mounds and Museum will remain closed at least until July 1.  At that time the grounds and outdoor exhibits are expected to open but not the inside of the musuem.  Stay tuned for more info!

Flaming Prairie Park & Campground remain closed due to high water.

We ask that you conduct business with us over the phone, by email or online if possible.  Our phone number is: 319-523-8381.  If you choose to mail us paperwork, our address is: Louisa County Conservation, 12635 County Road G56, Suite 101, Wapello, IA  52653.

Thank you for helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Updated: 6/2/20 ~klh


Geocaching Adventure Begins June 1

Geocaching is a worldwide outdoor activity that is fun for all ages. 

People use a handheld GPS device or a smartphone to locate containers hidden by others. Most geocaches contain a logbook and additional items like trinkets or rubbing plates. Finders can sign the logbook and take a trinket/leave a trinket or use the rubbing plate to remember the cache.

The Louisa County Conservation Naturalists are creating a Louisa County Geocaching Adventure! This adventure uses the same principals as traditional geocaching but with a non-contact twist. Click on the park you are interested in to learn more!

*As of 6/2: disabled the LCCB geocaches that were supposed to be available on the app. Staff is working with site admin to try and get these enabled as soon as possible. In the meantime, the Puzzles are out there and you'll need to use the other option (manually entering waypoints) to complete the puzzles!

Three Puzzle Adventures will be available beginning June 1 at:

Eden Park (NW of Columbus Junction)

Hoover Nature Trail at Morning Sun

Virginia Grove Recreation Area (North of Morning Sun)

Complete all three puzzle adventures and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message your answers to Louisa County Conservation on Facebook to earn a custom Louisa County Trails System Path Tag!


NLC Newsletter

Check out the latest Naturally Louisa County Newsletter.  It will be mailed out later this week, but the paper copies just don't do it justice this time.  Be sure to check out the artwork and photo contest on the Soil and Water Conservation District's page!  We have some very talented people in our community!






Toolesboro Touchstones: Twelve Monthly Events for 2020

Toolesboro Touchstones: Twelve Monthly Events for 2020


Toolesboro Mounds National Historic Landmark includes some of the best-preserved and accessible remnants of Iowa’s Hopewell Culture, a Middle Woodland people who hunted, gathered, and gardened. The Toolesboro Mounds date from 200 B.C. to 300 A.D. and are an incredible resource located in Louisa County.

Louisa County Conservation and Nancy Hayes will be presenting twelve monthly events in 2020 to highlight the cultural resources represented at Toolesboro and throughout Louisa County.

Toolesboro Touchstone events will range from hands-on, family friendly events to guest speakers. Some events will take place at Toolesboro Mounds & Museum while others will take place in nearby communities.

We invite you all to the Toolesboro Touchstone Events. Click on the event name for more information. 


Event Date Event Name Event Location Status

January 18th

10:00 am - Noon

Winter Celebration

Hands-on activities, family friendly

Toolesboro Mounds and Museum  

February 24th

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Burial Mounds and Their Protection in Iowa

Guest Speaker: Lara Noldner, Bioarchaology Director for the Office of the State Archaeologist

Columbus Junction City Hall  

March 27th

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Prairie Fire

Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie Courtwright, ISU Dept. of History. Author of Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History

Oakville Community Center


Hopefully being rescheduled for later this summer! 

April 19th

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Discovering Burial Mounds

Hike along all 7 existing burial mounds while learning about these ancient remnants. Information will be provided for both adults and families with children

Toolesboro Mounds and Museum

Program Cancelled: QR Hike availabe at outside the Toolesboro Museum beginning 4/17/20. 

Virtual Hike available by clicking on the 'Discovering Burial Mounds Link"


Nov 21st

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Geoarchaeology Walk and Talk Toolesboro Mounds and Museum