Public Programs/Events

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.

Upcoming Events:

Beekeeping: What would you like to know?
Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Have you ever wished you could ask an expert about bees or beekeeping? Now is your chance! Sioux County Conservation is hosting bee expert and master beekeeper Dr. Bajema at the Prairie Woods Nature Center in Oak Grove.

Dr. Bajema has been beekeeping for 44+ years, and will give a hands-on presentation on all things Bees! The presentation is geared for kids and adults who know nothing about bees and for those of you who have some experience! After the main presentation, there will be a time of sharing and learning about bees with ample time for everyone to ask questions!

Minimum participation is required to host program. Therefore, register is required on mycountyparks.com.

Event cancellations will be posted online, Facebook and aired on 93.9 FM.

 

SELF By Design- Beaks
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Morning session: 9:30-10:30am
Afternoon session: 2:00-3:00pm

The Prairie Woods Nature Center will host Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF) ever third Tuesday of the month at 9:30am and 2:00pm. Whether you are new to SELF or a committed participant, we encourage you to give it a try. We promise you will enjoy your-SELF! The theme for 2021 will be all “By Design”. Each month we will take the time to explore how the specific design of our chosen topic is essential to its owner.

This month we will focus on Beaks!

**COVID-19 Note: We are working hard to come up with safe ways to interact and still fellowship together and learn about our environment! Please bring a mask with you, we will be social distancing in the large classroom space.

Pre-registration is appreciated. Call or register online through mycountyparks.  Click here to Register,   **If it is the day of event, online registration will be blocked, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability.

Rock The Park- Hike
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Did you ever wonder what it takes to go on a fun day hike? Join one of our experienced volunteers for a leisurely morning hike around Oak Grove Park. Whether you have never hiked before or are an experienced trekker, join us for a few hours. Your Guide will give advice about hiking including planning, gear, proper hiking technique, & etiquette.

No experience is needed and families are welcome to experience the outdoors together.
The trails will require moderate effort with some uphill and downhill walking. We will be trekking through various terrains & ecosystems including prairie, woods, & river environments.

Registration limited to 20 participants. Please register online by clicking here.

Things to wear or bring:
1. Good Shoes (no flip flops or sandals).
2. Appropriate clothing for weather conditions. e.g. Coat for cold weather, raincoat if rain possible, hat, gloves.
3. Water bottle
4. Snack
5. Small backpack, not required but easier to carry water, snack, clothing

Register Today!

Hunter Safety Field Day Spring
Saturday, March 27, 2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Those ages 11 and over are invited to join us for a hunter safety field day. Online registration required at http://events.gooutdoorsiowa.com along with online classwork completed prior to class at hunter-ed.com. The Saturday morning class will cover fire-arm safety, hunting ethics, hunting laws and much more; final exam will be given at end of the class. Please dress for indoor and outdoor weather. Must attend full morning course.

Register will open approximately two months prior to event. Register by clicking here.

Hunter Safety Field Day Spring
Saturday, March 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Those ages 11 and over are invited to join us for a hunter safety field day. Online registration required at http://events.gooutdoorsiowa.com along with online classwork completed prior to class at hunter-ed.com. The Saturday afternoon class will cover fire-arm safety, hunting ethics, hunting laws and much more; final exam will be given at end of the class. Please dress for indoor and outdoor weather. Must attend full afternoon course.

Register will open approximately two months prior to event. Register by clicking here.

2021 Summer Camp Registration Opens
Thursday, April 1, 2021
8:00 am


We love the great summer weather to get kids outside and connected to the great outdoors! Our EE team offers fantastic summer camps for ages 3-15. Each year we pick new topics so your child can come every year without repeating a camp! Camps are held in Oak Grove Park in the Prairie Woods Nature Center.

Click here for this years topics and dates!

General Times for Age Groups

  • 3-4 Day Camp with an adult 9:00-11:00am OR 1:00-4:00pm
  • 5-6 Summer Camp 9:00-noon OR 1:00pm-4:00pm – two consecutive days
  • 7-9 Summer Camp 9:00-2:00pm – two consecutive days
  • 10-12 Summer Camp 9:00-3:00pm – two consecutive days
  • 13-15 Overnight Camp 9:30am-1:00pm next day

Registration will be open starting 8:00 on April 1st. Please go online at mycountyparks.com to register your camper(s). You must have an active mycountyparks account to register.

 

SELF By Design- Eggs
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Morning session: 9:30-10:30am
Afternoon session: 2:00-3:00pm

The Prairie Woods Nature Center will host Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF) ever third Tuesday of the month at 9:30am and 2:00pm. Whether you are new to SELF or a committed participant, we encourage you to give it a try. We promise you will enjoy your-SELF! The theme for 2021 will be all “By Design”. Each month we will take the time to explore how the specific design of our chosen topic is essential to its owner.

This month we will focus on Eggs!

**COVID-19 Note: We are working hard to come up with safe ways to interact and still fellowship together and learn about our environment! Please bring a mask with you, we will be social distancing in the large classroom space.

Pre-registration is appreciated. Call or register online through mycountyparks.  Click here to Register,   **If it is the day of event, online registration will be blocked, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability.