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There has been some confusion about what is and is not open at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area and other Wapello CCB properties. So we wanted to put up a quick note to clear up some of the Covid-19 confusion.

We will begin by letting you know that the Nature Center does remain closed at this time. We hope to re-open on July 6, but you will be asked to use hand sanitizer when you enter and maintain social distancing per CDC guidelines. By that date, we will have one new permanent exhibit and one travelling exhibit up and ready for you to check out. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for the latest information – since we are having trouble with our website at this time.

Now to what is open. Contrary to popular belief, the parks never closed. You can still hike, fish, hunt, bike, horse-back ride, etc at our parks, but we just ask that you follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene. Horse back riders and mountain bikers can always find the status of trails (open or closed) under this blog on the main page of this website or pinned to the top of the Facebook page.

The cabins, shelters, campground, showers and restrooms have been open since Memorial Day weekend. All campsites are first come first served, and no reservations will be taken for those sites. Cabins rental is a bit more tricky. We need to allow at least three days between rentals for extra sanitation and cleaning to take place between renters. Shelters are available for rental, but social distancing is still encouraged.

We are looking to offer 4 in-person summer camps in July. These camps will only be on our Facebook and mycountyparks.com pages since our main website is not working at this time. Information will be up this week. Number of camp registrants will be limited, you will be asked to fill out a health form that includes questions on Covid 19, temperatures will be taken daily, and other precautions will be put in place. So register early to ensure your childs spot in camp.

Be safe, be healthy, and please stay home if you have been sick.