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.

If it is the day of event, online registration will be blocked, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability.

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!

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. If it is the day of event, online registration will be blocked, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability.

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!

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.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Secret Life of Stuff
Thursday, April 22, 2021
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Your Sioux County Naturalist will help you explore the reasons we have “stuff”, the lifecycle of our “stuff”, impact of our “stuff” on the environment and how this all influences us. We will spend time both outdoors connecting with
nature, and indoors doing lessons and projects.

We will kick off the program with a sack lunch and getting to know each other. A Dutch Oven instruction and meal will be our supper. Cost is $10 at the door.

This program is based off of a workshop provided to educators through Area Education Agency this winter. This class is appropriate for mature elementary students through adult. Register by clicking here. 

Introduction to Warblers of Iowa-Presentation
Thursday, May 6, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Expert Birder Kelly McKay will be back as apart of our “Building a Better Birder Workshop Series”. This time he will use instruction and slides to help us identify the beautiful warbles of Iowa! May is a great time to see Warblers in the park and in other wildlife areas. With your new knowledge you will be better equipped to go out and ID some yourself!

Please register online here. Registration will close at 11:59pm night before. Please call our office for day of reservation- or just show up!

The ‘Building a Better Birder Workshops’ are a series of local community scientist programs designed to create better bird identification skills and to promote local participation with community science projects. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).
SELF By Design- Animal Coverings
Tuesday, May 18, 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 Animal Coverings!

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.

Guided Bird Hike with Kelly McKay
Friday, June 4, 2021
7:30 am - 11:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Expert Birder Kelly McKay will be back as apart of our “Building a Better Birder Workshop Series”. This time he guide us on the trails in the park looking for birds! He may even call some in!

Please register online here. Registration will close at 11:59pm night before. Please call our office for day of reservation- or just show up!

The ‘Building a Better Birder Workshops’ are a series of local community scientist programs designed to create better bird identification skills and to promote local participation with community science projects. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).
Intro to Passerines ID Presentation with Kelly McKay
Friday, June 4, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Expert Birder Kelly McKay will be back as apart of our “Building a Better Birder Workshop Series”. This time he will tell us all about Passerines. What are passerines, they are songbirds! Mr. McKay’s presentation will cover common Iowa songbirds and how to identify them. Perfect for any bird feeder fanatic!

Please register online here. Registration will close at 11:59pm night before. Please call our office for day of reservation- or just show up!

The ‘Building a Better Birder Workshops’ are a series of local community scientist programs designed to create better bird identification skills and to promote local participation with community science projects. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).
Outdoor Skills Day 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sandy Hollow, Sioux Center IA

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 Sandy Hollow Recreation Area. 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.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM.

Approximately two months prior to event,  you can register with the 4-H Extension Office by clicking HERE.

Rock Valley Fishing Clinic
Saturday, July 10, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Rivers Bend Campground, Rock Valley IA

We partner with City of Rock Valley for this fishing clinic at Rivers Bend Campground, just North West of Rock Valley. All ages are welcome, ages 8 and under must have an adult present. Bait and poles will be available- but feel free to bring your own lucky pole and bait. Those 16 years of age and older must have valid Iowa Fishing license to actively fish.  Phone in pre-registration is required please call 712/476-6065 after June 11 to register. No cost, entrance fee waived to participants during program.

Pre-registration is required so please call Rivers Bend Campground at 712-476-6065 after June 11. Registration numbers helps determine amounts for bait and prizes that are sometime provided by local supporters.

Waterbirds and Shorebirds Program Series
Friday, July 30, 2021 - Saturday, July 31, 2021
6:30 am - 3:00 pm


Expert Birder Kelly McKay will be back as apart of our “Building a Better Birder Workshop Series”. This two day series will focus on Waterbirds and Shorebirds! Join us for one or all four!

July 30 @ 6:30-8:30- Bird Presentation on Introduction to Waterbirds of Iowa at the Prairie Woods Nature Center

July 31 @ 7:00-9:00am- Bird Hike at the Big Sioux Recreation Area (emphasis on waterbirds)

July 31 @ 9:30-11:30- Bird Presentation on Introduction to Shorebirds of Iowa at the Prairie Woods Nature Center

July 31 @ 1:00-3:00- Bird Hike at the Big Sioux Recreation Area (emphasis on shorebirds)

Please register online here. Registration will close at 11:59pm night before. Please call our office for day of reservation- or just show up!

The ‘Building a Better Birder Workshops’ are a series of local community scientist programs designed to create better bird identification skills and to promote local participation with community science projects. Funding for this workshop was provided by the Resource Enhancement Protection-Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP).