Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
1339 Highway 63
Bloomfield, IA 52537
Mission StatementTo create awareness of our natural environment by providing quality outdoor experiences.
In 1977, the people of Wapello County voted to establish a county conservation board for the purpose of purchasing and developing lands for parks, hunting and fishing access, and other recreational uses in the county.
Today all of Iowa’s 99 counties have a County Conservation Board. Wapello County was the 98th county to establish its Board, and consequently, it is one of the youngest conservation boards in the state.
As of the fall of 2016, the Wapello County Conservation Board manages twelve areas totaling over 2077 acres. The board is also progressing toward additional purchases that will enhance our resource base and public property for its citizens. In combination, these areas provide extremely diverse habitats providing residents with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as picnicking, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting, and fishing.