Public Programs

Sioux County Conservation Board offers several public programs throughout the year, many times partnering with other local organizations. Most public programs are free of charge though some do require a small fee. Our public programs are designed to encourage people to get outside and provide opportunities to try new skills. Pre-registration is sometimes required so please pay close attention to the event you wish to attend. Pre-registration for events is found on mycountyparks.org.

Interested in helping out with a public program? Please see our Volunteer page for information on how you can get involved.

2018 Event List (Scroll below for details)

Ice Fishing Clinic January 20
Owl Prowl February 9
Hunter Ed Safety Class- Sandy Hollow  TBD
Outdoor Skills Day June 7
Sandy Hollow Fishing Clinic June 9
Rock Valley Fishing Clinic TBD
Boyden Fishing Clinic  TBD
Ringneck Rendezvous August 4
Hunter Ed Safety Class- Oak Grove August 14
Women in the Outdoors September 8
Dutch Oven Gathering September 22
Trick or Treat Hike October 13
Youth Pheasant Hunt October 20

 

Upcoming Events:

Ice Fishing Clinic
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Sioux Recreation Area, Hawarden IA

Whether you love ice fishing or just want to try it, come over to SCCB Big Sioux Recreation Area just West of Hawarden off 10th Street. This event starts at 10 am and goes until noon. Bring your own lunch and bucket to sit on and we will provide the rest! We will pre drill the holes, provide bait, poles, discuss the types of fish you may catch and equipment used. No cost for the program as the park entry fee is waived for the program. Snowshoes are also available depending on snow depth. Participants that are ages 16 and over wishing to fish must have a valid Iowa fishing license.  Registration is required and will open approximately two months prior to event.

Click here to register.

Owl Prowl
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oak Grove Park Lodge, Hawarden IA

Want to learn more about owls, maybe even get the chance to see one up close? This public program is from 6-8 pm. February is a great time for hearing owls during their courtship and egg-laying season. We start out in the Oak Grove Lodge in Oak Grove Park and present information about our Sioux County Owls and our visiting owls. After our presentation we divide into groups based on distance of walk and call Barred, Great Horned and Screech Owls. It is important you dress warmly and bring a red flashlight- a normal flashlight covered with red cloth or cellophane works too.  Registration is required and will open approximately two months prior to event.

Click here to register.

Outdoor Skills Day
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Oak Grove, Hawarden Iowa

This fun filled day is made possible by our partnership with 4-H Extension Office and Sioux County Sportsman’s Club (SCSC). The day runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Oak Grove Park. Participates register for one of seven different tracks with different session and are paired with their leaders for the day. Sessions in the past have included: hiking, canoeing and kayaking, archery, outdoor cooking, air rifles, shotgun shooting, duck hunting, fly fishing and much more! Ages 8 and younger must have an adult present. Registration is required and will open approximately two months prior to event; first 270 kids will be accepted. This event is absolutely free! Lunch and prizes are provided by the SCSC.

Click here to register. 

Sandy Hollow Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 9, 2018
All Day
Sandy Hollow, Sioux Center IA

We partner with Sioux County Sportsman’s Club (SCSC) for this fishing clinic at SCCB Sandy Hollow Area just East of Sioux Center off B40. The morning is filled with fishing instruction, fishing, contest in casting as well as most fish caught and biggest fish caught. Prizes, giveaways and lunch is provided by the SCSC.  All ages are welcome, those of 8 years and younger must have an adult present. Those of 16 years and older must have a valid Iowa fishing license if they wish to fish. Fishing poles are provided by SCCB and bait and lunch is provided by SCSC.  Registration is required and will open approximately two months prior to event.

Click here to register.

Ringneck Rendezvous
Saturday, August 4, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Rock Valley Gun Club, Rock Valley IA

Looking for a fun family night before you head back to school? Ringneck Rendezvous is your event! This event is held at the Rock Valley Gun club just West out of Rock Valley. Those of 5-8 years must have an adult present. All adults welcome with pre-registration. Doors open at 4:00 pm and participants are invited to play games and participate in activities for booth prizes until 6:30 pm. We try to add new booths each year but past booths have featured: Outdoor Minute to Win It games, BB guns, trap shooting(ages 12 and over), archery, wrist rockets, ring toss, seed balls, dog training, scavenger hunt and several more! Following the closing of the booths, booth prizes will be drawn for. Each year the Ringneck Rendezvous planning committee hires a fantastic evening program for the participants to watch.. After our evening program we draw for door prizes that have been sponsored by local businesses. You must register for event, registration will open approximately two months prior to event.  The cost of this event is $10 to cover supper meal, and giveaways. This event would not be possible without our partnership with Sioux Prairie Pheasant Forever Chapter, Rock Valley Gun Club and the Iowa DNR. 

Click here to register. 

Hunter Safety Class - Oak Grove
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
All Day
Oak Grove Park Lodge, Hawarden IA

The Iowa hunter education class is offered annually in August to those ages 11 and over that wish to obtain and Iowa hunting license. Those interested in attend the course must register online, registration will open approximately two months prior to event.  After you are registered for class, you will need to pick up a Hunter Education Manual from the Public Libraries in Hawarden, Orange City, Sioux Center, or Rock Valley. Book work is required prior to class starting. The day starts off with a review of the lessons found in the hunter education guide and law talk by local DNR. The afternoon is where the shooting skills are taught and reinforced including: trap shooting, archery, rifle shooting, proper hunting technique, fence crossing, and zones of fire.  Day concludes with the final test. Participants must bring own snacks and lunch, supper meal is provided.

Click here to register for this class or find other class offered by the Iowa DNR.

Women in the Outdoors
Saturday, September 8, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Women in the Outdoors (WITO) is a great event where women can come and learn new skills in a great environment! We partner with National Wild Turkey Federation and surrounding county conservation boards to make this event extra special. WITO is a great place to meet new people as participants are from Sioux County, Lyon County, O’Brien County, Osceola County and surrounding areas. This fun filled day runs from 8:00am-4:30 pm. Location for this event rotates between counties so it is a great way to see other wonderful parks! This day is open to ages 14 and up, ages 14-17 with an adult. The cost of this event is $45 which includes a wonderful Dutch oven lunch and one year National Wild Turkey Federation Membership. Already a member, contact us about a discount. For more information or to register call 712-552-3057. Check back for this year’s brochure for specific information about this year’s event!

Dutch Oven Gathering
Saturday, September 22, 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Turkey Ridge Campground Oak Grove Park, Hawarden IA

Interested in Dutch Oven Cooking, or want to see what all the fuss is about? This event is for you! Contestants bake dishes in select categories: breads and appetizers; main dishes; and dessert. Judges sample each dish and award first place in each category. A potluck meal follows judging. Don’t feel like preparing a big dish? Public is welcome to come observe and ask questions starting at 3 pm, and welcome to join the meal starting at 6 pm. Remember this is a potluck, so if you come to eat, please bring a dish to share, does not have to be Dutch oven dish.

Contestants: Please call Sunday Ford at 712-552-3057 beginning in September to sign up as a cooker. First 10 Cookers to register will receive a free campsite at Turkey Ridge for that Saturday night.

Trick or Treat Hike
Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oak Grove Park Campgrounds, Hawarden Iowa

Our annual Trick or Treat Hike is an evening you do not want to miss! Ages 12 and under are invited to trick or treat in costume. The campgrounds are full of campers with friendly facesat each campsite and of course candy/goodies too. If you would like to be a camper, see below for details. Parking is provided near the campgrounds. The hiking path is lit for participants to travel easily to the campground and the bonfire by the river. Trick or treating is from 5:30-8:00 pm. No pre-registration needed. Listen to KSOU 93.9 FM for weather cancellations.

Want to be a Camper? In exchange for two free nights of camping, Friday and Saturday, each camper is responsible for provided enough candy/goodies for 800 children. Any camper who wants to reserve a spot for the trick or treat hike may start doing so at 8:00 am on the first Tuesday after Labor Day in September.  You must call 712-552-1047 to make reservations, no other phone, email, or walk-in reservations will be accepted during registration time. You may call in and make a reservation for yourself and one other camper.  We will accept calls until Deer Run and Turkey Ridge are filled up.

Youth Pheasant Hunt
Saturday, October 20, 2018
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rock Valley Gun Club, Rock Valley Iowa

We partner with Sioux Prairie Pheasants Forever and Rock Valley Gun Club on this day to give 12-15 year old Iowa residents, who have passed their hunter education course, a great pheasant hunt experience! The day starts with breakfast and a quick review of hunter safety and trap shooting. We pair youth with a mentor and hunting dog. Youth and mentor travel in groups to local hunting areas, both public and private, for the morning. Following the hunt, youth and mentors return to the Rock Valley Gun Club for lunch. Only a limited number will be taken so you must pre-register, registration will open approximately two months prior to event.

Click here to register.