CREATIVE NATURE 2018
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
register online, go to
Checks will no longer be accepted as a form of payment.
February 24th 9:00 a.m.- noon Maple Syruping
with conservation staff.
Top of the Hill area at the Dorothy Family Maple Syrup Camp. Activities
include tapping trees, evaporator, and syrup tasting. All ages. Groups are
welcome. Preregistration not necessary. Weather dependent. Listen to KILJ
105.5 for cancellations or check our Facebook or Twitter pages. Free
due to weather.
March 13th 6:30 p.m. Painting with the Art Nest.
No experience necessary. Step by step instructions will be given. Colors can
be modified to fit your personal style. Full photo of the painting is in
Comments on the Facebook link. Must pre-register directly with the Art Nest
not on the mycountyparks site.
$20.00 covers the cost
of all materials and an 11x14 canvas.
April 22nd 2:00 p.m. The Art of Conservation: A Visit with
Ding Darling, by Tom Milligan,
actor. Celebrate Earth Day
with us! Taken from the Humanities, Iowa website: “In
this 45-minute presentation, Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling visits with the audience,
as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register.
Beginning with his early years in Sioux City where as a young boy where he
became aware of the natural world around him while developing skills as an
editorial cartoonist, he recalls his remarkable life journey…. Considered by
many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation
movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is
still felt today.” This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed
Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities
Councils, thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
but not necessary. Free program.
May 17th 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Cooking
with conservation staff.
Hands-on dutch oven cooking. Cost includes
sampling of all dishes prepared. Menu TBA. Plan 2 hours. Fees and
preregistration are due via
mycountyparks on or before May 11th to allow shopping time
for recipe items. $12.00 per participant.
June TBA. Photography Lesson
by Wanda Broeker, art teacher and
professional photographer. The presentation will begin with tips
on getting to know your camera followed by how to photograph wildlife- both
animals and plants. After, time will be given for a hike and a few test
photos with Wanda available for critique and suggestions. Photography
contest and rules will be announced by the conservation staff at the close
of the program. Preregistration appreciated, but not necessary. Free
July 21st Noon- 2:00 p.m. Kid’s Day at the Henry County Fair.
Hands-on activities by Henry County naturalists with CSI style
investigations! Free program.
August 19th 2:00 p.m. Identify Your Artifacts
Ferrel Anderson, archaeologist.
Presentation will start with the Black
Hawk War shadowed by a brief summary of Mississippi River Valley
archaeology. After his presentation, there will be a question and answer
time followed by artifact identification. Feel free to bring your own
artifacts for Mr. Anderson to look at during this segment.
Preregistration appreciated, but not necessary. Free program.
September 16th 2:00 p.m. Flowers of the Prairie,
by Dr. Danuta Hutchins, retired college professor.
From the Humanities, Iowa, website: “With a copy of the ‘Prairie and
Woodland Flowers Coloring Book’ as reference, this presentation identifies
prairie wildflowers, their common English names and Linnaeus-based
classification in Latin. It informs when they blossom, where they grow and
what medicinal and food uses have they served during the times of early
pioneers and Native American Peoples.” We will carpool to Prairie Ridge, one
mile from Oakland Mills, to use her “hands-on” component of drawing/coloring
images of those flowers. Bring sketching paper, No. 2 pencils, and colored
pencils, if you have them.
This program is being
funded by Humanities, Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Preregistration is appreciated, but not
necessary. Free program.
October TBA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Odd Couples. Annual night hike.
This year will be slightly different from night
hikes of the past. Instead of skits, each station will be tv show themed.
Carnival-style games will be played to demonstrate each show’s underlying
messages. Keep in mind- the theme may NOT be what you are expecting! All
ages. Educational and fun– not scary. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations not necessary. Station prizes and snacks. Presentation at
Oakland Mills County Park rain or shine. Games will be held indoors at the
nature center in the event of inclement weather. Free program.
November 18th 2:00 p.m.
Homemade Holiday Beauty Bags
with conservation staff.
Making your own natural
beauty products is easier than you think. Doing so gives you
control of ingredients, satisfaction, and peace of mind about
exactly what you are putting on your body. Come learn a few techniques
and take home a gift bag for yourself or give as a holiday present.
There will be at least five items to make and take with you.
Fees and preregistration are due via
mycountyparks on or before
Ages 10 through adult. Cost: $10.00 per participant.
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.