The Henry County Conservation Department will offer summer youth programs - learn all about them here!


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Summer Programs 2017

The Henry County Conservation Department will offer summer programs. Activities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All children who have not completed first grade must be accompanied by an adult, as do all children requiring one-on-one aids while in school. Some programs may be a bit advanced for younger children; see camp descriptions for details and age restrictions. Programs will be geared toward school-aged children. Preregistration is required and all fees are due at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. All programs will begin and end at the Oakland Mills Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Activities will be held rain or shine. Dress accordingly. Canoe consent forms are found below. Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops.

 2017 REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE FOR PARENTAL CANOEING CONSENT FORM

To register online, go to mycountyparks.com and click Events.

June 13th 1-3:00 p.m. Jurassic County Park– focus on reptiles, including dinosaurs; live snake and turtle; all ages but will be geared toward younger children; limit 25; $5.00 per child.  FULL

June 14th 1-3:00 p.m. “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away….” Star Wars fan? Do stars fascinate you? Come learn about the night sky. What is a comet? What galaxy are we in? How does a light saber work? All ages but will be geared toward older children; limit 25; $5.00 per child.

June 15th 1-3:00 p.m. Zombie Apocalypse! How will you survive if it happens? What skills will you need? How do you build a shelter? All ages but will be geared toward older children; limit 25; $5.00 per child.   FULL

June 19th 10-noon Finding Dory– Last year was a quest for Nemo– now let’s see if we can catch Dory! All ages but kids who have not completed 2nd grade must be accompanied by an adult; fishing poles/bait provided; limit 15; $5.00 per child.

June 21st 10-noon Magic in the Water– Pond study and unbelievable things in the water; bring rubber boots or shoes that can get wet/muddy; NO sandals or crocs; all ages; limit 25; $5.00 per child. FULL

June 23rd 10-noon Secret Life of Owls– Want to know more about owls? How about other birds of prey? This program will feature live raptors; all ages; no limit to number of participants; FREE but must pre-register.

June 27th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Smoke Signals part 1– throw atlatals, Native American make and take games (we will even play them), and outdoor cooking; must have completed 3rd grade; lunch provided; limit 12; $12.00 per child.

June 28th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Smoke Signals part 2– archery, MORE Native American make and take games, and outdoor cooking; must have completed 3rd grade; lunch provided; limit 12; $12.00 per child.

June 29th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Smoke Signals part 3– canoeing, even MORE Native American skills, and outdoor cooking; lunch provided; must have completed 3rd grade; limit 12; $12.00 per child; need canoe consent form signed by a parent.

July 6-7th 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Camp C.a.N.– A Night at Hogwarts– Harry Potter themed camp activities and food; I CAN stay overnight in a castle (tent); I CAN  build a magical campfire; eat supper before you come; evening snack and breakfast is included; tents are provided and sleeping arrangements will be divided according to gender; bring your sleeping bag and pillow; child must be able to sleep overnight in a tent with their peers with an adult nearby, but not in the same tent; must have completed 3rd grade; limit 12; $25.00 per child; need canoe consent form signed by a parent.  FULL

July 18th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Ultimate Creek Stomp– Day starts and ends at the Oakland Mills Nature Center; conservation staff will carpool to Jefferson County Park for this adventure; wear clothes that can get wet; bring clothes to change into; wear STURDY shoes that can get wet– NO flip flops or sandals; shoes MUST have an enclosed toe; must have completed 2nd grade; bring your lunch; limit 8; $12.00 per child. CALL FIRST- ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT

July 20th 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Ultimate Canoe Trip– Day starts and ends at the Oakland Mills Nature Center; conservation staff will transport participants to Lake Geode for this escapade; pfd’s and all canoeing equipment is provided; wear clothes that can get wet (swim suit OK); bring clothes to change into, sunscreen, and a towel; wear STURDY shoes that can get wet– NO flip flops or sandals; shoes MUST have an enclosed toe; must have completed 3rd grade; bring your lunch; limit 8; $12.00 per child; need canoe consent form signed by a parent. CALL FIRST- ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT



BE AN IOWA JUNIOR NATURALIST!

Participation in this program is new to the Henry County Conservation Department. The Iowa Junior Naturalist program is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 6-12 to experience environmental education programs, outdoor recreation, and our natural resources. This program encourages children to attend programs offered by local county conservation departments, Iowa Department of Natural Resources state park units, local libraries, nature centers, YMCA camps, 4-H, or any other program with a nature theme. In addition, participants will be encouraged to work on independent activities. When all requirements are completed, participants will receive an official Iowa Junior Naturalist patch and certificate of achievement. Patches will be different each year. Contact Naturalist Cari Nicely for more information at cnicely@henrycountyconseration.com.


Environmental Education

The Henry County Conservation Department has a Naturalist available for your organization, group, or classroom free of charge. Call for an appointment. Programs given at Oakland Mills Nature Center, in school classrooms, or at other facilities. We have a constellation board in the Oakland Mills Nature Center Environmental Education Classroom ceiling, a bird viewing area on-site, and live raptors for presentations!

Cari Nicely, Naturalist

Office: 319-986-5067 Cell: 319-931-2942

E-mail: cnicely@henrycountyconservation.com

Program ideas for all ages include, but are not limited to:

live raptors, a specific animal, ecosystems, food chains, geology, Native Americans, pioneer activities and crafts, dutch oven cooking, area history, weather, plant parts, tracks, predators, birds, campfires, planets/stars, compass, trees, leaves, weeds, poisonous plants, wild edibles, energy conservation, renewable resources, pond study, pollution prevention, wildlife, habitats, adaptations, prairies, fishing, wetlands, night creatures, outdoor photography, nesting boxes, endangered species, insect study, survival skills, groundwater protection, hazardous waste, recycling, Leave No Trace, and wildflowers.

               Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout programs are also available. Rank specific and badges.

Maple syruping for all ages in February/March.

 We have programs prepared for school groups !

There are many changes each school year. Remember- environmental education classes aren’t just for science! Call Cari at 319-986-5067 or e-mail at cnicely@henrycountyconservation.com to schedule appointments for your classrooms. All programs have been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

 
 
             

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