A.C.O.R.N. - Adult Conservation Oriented Responsible Neighbors; an adult program for those interested in conservation and environmental education topics.

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Henry County Conservation Department



Adult Conservation Oriented Responsible Neighbors

"We're all a bunch of nature nuts!"

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  ACORN logoACORN is an adult program for those interested in conservation and environmental education topics. There are no membership fees and no commitments. Feel free to attend the programs that suit your interests. Guest speakers and hands-on activities are planned for this group. All programs will be held in the EE classroom of the Oakland Mills Nature Center.


 This schedule may be subject to change. All programs will meet at the Oakland Mills Nature Center for 2018.

To register for any of these programs, call the conservation office at 319-986-5067; email Cari at cnicely@henrycountyconservation.com; email Danika at dcox@henrycountyconservation.com or register online at  mycountyparks.com.

Must have 10 people preregister in order to hold any program.

No programs in January, March, May, July, September, or November.            

February 14th 10:00 a.m. Animal Love. Powerpoint program by Cari Nicely, Naturalist, followed by holiday potluck. Soup and rolls will be provided- please bring your favorite Valentine’s Day finger food to share. Holiday photo craft to take home is included. FREE but must preregister by February 9th to ensure an accurate lunch count.

April 19th 10:00 a.m. Migration Frustration. Program by Danika Cox, Assistant Naturalist. Free program including a hands-on board game! RSVP deadline April 16th.

June 7th 10:00 a.m. Butterflies ARE Important! Informative powerpoint by Danika Cox, Assistant Naturalist, with fun facts and gardening tips followed by make and take butterfly feeder activity. Free program. RSVP deadline June 4th to ensure enough supplies for all participants.

August 23rd 10:00 a.m. Fish Lips and Casting Tips. Program in the classroom by both Henry County Naturalists followed by a short fishing experience at the nature center pond. All equipment and bait will be provided. No license necessary. Catch and release only. Free program. RSVP deadline August 20th.

October 31st 1:00 p.m. Pumpkin Smiles and Costume Styles. Come IN COSTUME to learn about the history of pumpkin carving with both Henry County Naturalists. Bring your favorite pumpkin recipe on a 3” x 5” card. We will copy those cards into a hand-out for all to take home. Pumpkin carving will be available. PRIZE for best costume. Muffins and cider will be provided. Free program. RSVP deadline October 26th.

December 20th 10:00 a.m. Bag It- Is Your Life Too Plastic? “Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow ‘everyman’ Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans and even our own bodies….” Showing of the film followed by discussion then annual holiday potluck in the classroom. Film length 65 minutes. Free program. Deadline December 14th for accurate lunch count. Don’t forget a homemade nature ornament to continue our friendship tree tradition!

*Reminder postcards or emails are sent out each month for those that are interested in the A.C.O.R.N. program. Costs, itineraries, and deadlines are announced when the reminders are sent. You may also listen to Cari Nicely, Naturalist, or Danika Cox, Assistant Naturalist, on KILJ Radio on the first Thursday of the month for updates to all programs.


Oakland Mills Nature Center - Fish Wall

Oakland Mills Nature Center - Fox Pup

Oakland Mills Nature Center - Scent Box 

Oakland Mills Nature Center - Turkey