Properties that are open to the public for nature walks and hunting (which is allowed during seasons) include the McLaughlin Wildlife Habitat Area, south of Cascade, and the Hafeman Wildlife Area which is south of Epworth. DCCS has participated in the purchase of lands including the Oxford Junction Wildlife Area as well as the Leifker Wildlife Area which is six miles south of Cascade on Hwy 136, right before the Maquoketa river. The most recent property acquisition was the Peterson Wildlife area 206 acres that will tie together the Jackson County 201 acre Eden Valley and Clinton County 198 acre McAndrews Habitat Areas creating a contiguous 605-acre area for public enjoyment of camping, hiking, walking and 404 of the acres for public hunting.
DCCS was instrumental in the purchase of 20 acres of forest just east of Colesburg. Ram Hollow Wildlife Management area offers the public a place to hunt, recreate and just enjoy nature. The site which the DNR now owns and manages is permanently protected.
The DCCS has sponsored the annual BlueBird House workshop at Swiss Valley Nature Center. Due to COVID date/time TBD