All events are held in the Environmental Education Classroom at the Oakland Mills Nature Center unless otherwise noted -  find all programs listed below.

What's Happening and At the Park Programs

  • Camping at Oakland Mills South Shore and Waterworks Park will open the afternoon of April 14th for the 2017 camping season. Top of the Hill is open year-round. Gibson Recreation area is by permit only. The conservation office is open 11:00 am-5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

  • Oakland Mills Nature Center is open weekdays by appointment only. It will re-open on weekends beginning April 22nd. Nature Center hosts are needed. Contact Tony Brown at 319-537-1061 for more information.

  • Go to to register for camping or for any of our programs.


At the Park
Opportunities for all children AND their
parent(s) or guardian(s):

2017 registration form

Year of Fears- Skunks!

To register for any program,    
download a registration form, above, and mail to the Henry County Conservation Office at 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 52641,
you can now register online at


  At the Park



All programs will meet at the Oakland Mills Nature Center, 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of the programs, call the Henry County Conservation office at    319-986-5067 or email To register online, go to and click Events.

May 25th 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Cooking. Hands-on dutch oven cooking. Cost includes sampling of all dishes prepared. Fees and preregistration are due on or before May 22nd (firm) to allow shopping time for recipe items. $10.00 per participant. Plan 2 hours.

June 25th 2:00 p.m. Wild Edibles.  Speaker Hannah Howard, SE Iowa Field Coordinator for Trees Forever, will begin with a hike and end inside sampling a few prepared dishes with some kind of wild edible component. Native plant and wildlife ID will be included. Free program.

July 15th time TBA Kid’s Day at the Henry County Fair. Hands-on activities by Henry County naturalists about nature’s superheroes!

August 22nd 6:30 p.m. Famous Trees of Iowa. Trees through time- historical value and significances. Free program. Note: Location of this program will be dependent on the Oakland Mills Skunk bridge work at that time.

September 17th 2:00 p.m. In the Kitchen With Laura. Speaker Sarah Uthoff “… mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden. Catch up with the story of her life while we learn what’s cooking.” This program is being funded by Humanities, Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free program. Preregistration is appreciated to ensure enough food samples for all.

October TBA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Alice’s Wonderland. Annual night hike. Short skits will focus on wonders of nature by costumed actors. All ages. Educational and fun– not scary. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations not necessary. Door prizes and snacks. Presentation at Oakland Mills County Park rain or shine. Skits will be held indoors at the nature center in the event of inclement weather. Free program.

November 16th 5:00 p.m. Basketweaving. Baskets add a piece of history as well as decor to our homes going back in time when objects were handmade out of necessity rather than for a hobby. They were used in the home to hold things like potatoes, onions, flowers, and to carry eggs. Come learn this pioneer skill. Cost is $20.00 per person. Ages 12 and up. Show up between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. This staggered start time is to allow initial individual attention. No baskets will be started after 6:00 p.m. Eat before you come. Ok to bring a snack. Bring a towel for your lap. Style of basket is dependent on skill level. No previous experience necessary. Deadline is November 13th.

December date and time TBA Winter hike and the Stars.


Oakland Mills has its own GEOCACHE! Go to for more information.

Kitty Cache

A cache by the Henry County Conservation Department            Hidden: 7-2009

Size: Small/ multiple                          Difficulty: 3 stars                   Terrain: 2 mild, but long distance

Start at N40°55.886 W    091°37.104

From there, head for the first cache at 40°55.903 W    091°37.144

Hint: You will be looking for a camouflage ammunition box.

 In Iowa, United States

 Notes about the cache:

Nice walk around a county park to find multiple caches. Shows off many aspects of the park. Caches are located in the vicinity of different trails- you will have to walk off the trails to find them. Follow the clues to the next area and cache. KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN and pay attention to your surroundings. The hunt begins in an open, obvious place.


Water Works Park

Pond Study

Ross Observation Tower

Fun at Camp!