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

  • Summer Americorps position open for anyone in the natural resources field OR education. Go to: https://www.iowanaturalists.org/jobs/americorps-4-h-environmental-educator for more information. Cover letter, resume, and three references are due on or before April 15, 2019.

  • Camping at Oakland Mills South Shore and Waterworks Campground is CLOSED for the season.

  • Top of the Hill is open year-round. You can now register for campsites on-line at mycountyparks.com OR walk-ins are still accepted.

  • 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 closed for the season. It can be open weekdays by appointment only. Nature Center hosts for 2019 are needed. Contact Tony Brown at 319-537-1061 for more information.

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


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At the Park
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To register for any program, register online at mycountyparks.com.

 

  At the Park

  ROLLING ON THE RIVER 2019

 

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 office@henrycountyconservation.com.

To register online, go to mycountyparks.com. Checks will no longer be accepted as a form of payment.

March 23rd 1:00 p.m. Maple Syruping powerpoint with conservation staff. Powerpoint showing how maple syrup is made and how we do things here at Oakland Mills. If weather permits, we will walk out to the Dorothy Family Maple Syrup Camp after the program. This event is open to all ages. Groups are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary. Call the conservation office at 319-986-5067 for more information or go to mycountyparks.com, Henry County, Events. FREE program.

 

March 30th 10:00 a.m. Ribbit and Slither, Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, naturalist and herpetologist. TOUCH A SNAKE! Learn about herpetology and see LIVE reptiles and amphibians from Iowa. All ages. Preregistration appreciated, but not necessary. FREE program.

 

April 14th 2:00 p.m. Car Show. Top of the Hill area, Oakland Mills County Park. Car owners are asked to preregister by April 12th for a parking spot at www.mycountyparks.com, Henry County events. FREE. On the date of the event, car owners should first check-in at the Oakland Mills Nature Center and be in place by 1:30 p.m. Car show participants and attendees are invited to stay for the 3:00 p.m. film, “River to River” in the Oakland Mills Nature Center. 

April 14th 3:00 p.m. Film: “River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6” with filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle.  This 53-minute film rolls across Iowa– from one river to the other on Highway 6. “What do Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew and Jack Kerouac have in common? U.S. Route 6 in Iowa takes two-lane motorists from Davenport on the Mississippi to Council Bluffs on the Missouri. Built in one day by 10,000 farmers and businesses across the state, Iowa’s Route 6 is part of the second longest transcontinental highway in America.... (this film) guides viewers on a nostalgic classic car journey through yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, and roadside attractions. Experience the sights and sounds, the people and the places that the four-lanes have forgotten...before they are gone forever.” After the film, there will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers, Kelly and Tammy Rundle. Preregistration appreciated, but not necessary for this FREE event. 

May 16th 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Cooking with conservation staff. Hands-on dutch oven cooking. Cost includes sampling of all dishes prepared. Menu TBA but will include a fish fry. Plan 2 hours. Fees and preregistration are due via mycountyparks on or before May 10th to allow shopping time for recipe items. $12.00 per participant.  

June 6th 7:00 p.m. Trivia is for the Birds! Night 1 with the conservation staff. Pre-register your 3-5 person team via mycountyparks on or before June 3rd. The fee of $6 per person will be donated directly to the live raptor fund here at Oakland Mills. All questions will have a nature aspect but not necessarily what you think! Be sure to brush up on general nature knowledge but don’t forget about music and movies! Must be 14 years old+ to participate. Prize for the winning team. If this event is successful, we hope to continue it on a regular basis! Note: Upon registering, put your team name in the “Attendee” box at check out.

June 15th 10:00 a.m. Hello Fish! by Vance Polton, DNR Technician at Lake Darling, and Danika Cox, Assistant Naturalist for Henry County Conservation. The presentation will begin outside on the nature center patio and end with a bowfishing demonstration, weather permitting. LIVE fish from the Skunk River will be featured. No license required to try bowfishing as we will be shooting at targets but children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Preregistration is required no later than one week in advance via mycountyparks for this FREE event. 

July 20th Noon- 2:00 p.m. Kids’ Day at the Henry County Fair. Hands-on activities by Henry County naturalists with Dino-mite activities! FREE program. 

August 17th 10:00 a.m. Know Your Mussels- then PADDLE! with Jacklyn Gautsch, Wetlands and Shallow Lake Monitoring DNR biologist. Mussel presentation in classroom followed by a paddling adventure on the Skunk River, weather permitting. Preregistration and signed waiver is required for the canoeing portion only. Bring drinks and your lunch if you are canoeing. All children must be accompanied by an adult to get in a canoe. Limit of 4 canoes. FREE program. Note: If we have more than 4 canoes requested, then we will allow sign-up for a specific canoeing time period for later that day. 

September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. 2nd Annual Photography Contest meeting with conservation staff. Photography contest and rules will be announced by the conservation staff at this program. Preregistration is required via mycountyparks by September 2nd. Attendance at this meeting is required to participate in the contest as it marks its beginning. Contest will end September 27, 2019. Category winners will be announced October 2nd and the Best in Show will be announced by October 18th. Entries will compete for Henry County Conservation free camping certificates- with the grand prize being a free HCC cabin stay. Social media and in-person nature center paper ballots will be used again for voting purposes. This FREE program is for everyone- adults and kids alike- as well as all range of abilities from amateur to professional. Note: This is not a meeting on how to use your camera. 

September 12th 7:00 p.m. Trivia is for the Birds! Night 2 with the conservation staff. Pre-register your 3-5 person team via mycountyparks on or before September 9th. The fee of $6 per person will be donated directly to the live raptor fund here at Oakland Mills. All questions will have a nature aspect but not necessarily what you think! Be sure to brush up on general nature knowledge but don’t forget about music and movies! Must be 14 years old+ to participate. Prize for the winning team. If this event is successful, we hope to continue it on a regular basis! Note: Upon registering, put your team name in the “Attendee” box at check out. 

September 15th 2:00 p.m. Blackhawk’s Final Resting Place, by Russ Fry, MA. Mr. Fry is a historian from Burlington who has written several books on local history and directed several documentaries. His description of the program is as follows: “Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, the Sauk war leader known to the American settlers as Chief Black Hawk, fought and lost a war in 1832 as he tried to retake his homeland. The history books say his stolen remains were destroyed in an 1853 museum fire in Burlington, Iowa. The history books are wrong.” Preregistration is appreciated, but not necessary. FREE program. 

October TBA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Jurassic County Park. Annual night hike. Carnival-style games will be played to demonstrate aspects of dinosaurs and pre-historic life. All ages. Educational and fun– not scary. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations not necessary. Station prizes. Will be held 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.  

October 28 and 29th 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m. each night Escape the Nature Center Rooms. Get “locked” in the nature center, read a mysterious scenario, then follow clues to get out. Pre-register your team via mycountyparks on or before October 22nd. Be aware when you make your registration selection there are two time slots on two different nights. You will choose which date you want then the time. Both nights the room scenarios are identical. The fee of $6 per person will be donated directly to the live raptor fund here at Oakland Mills. Must be 14 years old+ to participate but at least one adult per group is required. Note: Upon registering, put your team name in the “Attendee” box at check out. 

November 17th 2:00 p.m. Ladies’ Day Out with conservation staff. Last year’s natural beauty product program was a hit so it’s back by popular demand! Enjoy an afternoon of “girl time” making at least five items to take home with you to continue the pampering. Fees and preregistration are due via mycountyparks on or before November 12th. Ages 10 through adult. Cost: $15.00 per participant.

   
   
 
             

Water Works Park

Pond Study

Ross Observation Tower

Fun at Camp!