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
EXPLORE YOUR INNER PIONEER
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
mycountyparks.com 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
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
November 16th 5:00
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
December date and time TBA
Winter hike and the Stars.
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.