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.

2020 Event List (Specific Details for Upcoming Programs can be found below)

Owl Prowl February 7
Backyard Bird Banana February 15
Hunter Education Field Day- Sandy Hollow March 28
Sandy Hollow Fishing Clinic June 6
Outdoor Skills Day June 11
Do You Want to Be an Insect? TBD
Rock Valley Fishing Clinic July 11
Boyden Fishing Clinic TBD
Ringneck Rendezvous August 1
Hunter Education Safety Class- Oak Grove August 11
Women in the Outdoors September 12
Dutch Oven Gathering September 19
Trick or Treat Hike October 10
Youth Pheasant Hunt October 17
We are adding new events all the time, please scroll down to view others that may not be listed in this list. TBA!

 

Upcoming Events:

Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Seniors! Looking for a great place to gather with friends? The Prairie Woods Nature Center will host Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship, SELF, ever third Tuesday of the month. Coffee, treats and fellowship will follow a short presentation. Each month we will explore a different area of the natural world. Join us every third Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 and we promise you will enjoy your-SELF!

Each month of 2020 we will focus on a different exhibit in the Prairie Woods Nature Center!

February Topic: Geology, the story in the rocks.

 

Maple Tree Tapping
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Join us Saturday morning for a lesson in maple tree tapping-a practice the pioneers perfected! We will learn the biology of the tree, taste real maple syrup and hike to tap a real tree permitting conditions. This program is free and fun for the whole family! Opportunity to support Sioux County Conservation Foundation by going home with your own Sioux County Maple Syrup at a suggested cash/check donation. Pre-registration not required by appreciated on mycountypark.org.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM

 

 

Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Seniors! Looking for a great place to gather with friends? The Prairie Woods Nature Center will host Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship, SELF, ever third Tuesday of the month. Coffee, treats and fellowship will follow a short presentation. Each month we will explore a different area of the natural world. Join us every third Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 and we promise you will enjoy your-SELF!

Each month of 2020 we will focus on a different exhibit in the Prairie Woods Nature Center!

March Topic: Balancing Act-Healthy Habitat

 

Hunter Safety Field Day March-2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 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 www.hunter-ed.com along with online classwork completed prior to class. The Saturday class will cover fire-arm safety, hunting ethics, hunting laws and much more; final exam will be given at end of the day. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and snacks for the day. We will be shooting outdoors, please dress accordingly. Must attend full day.

Register by clicking here.

2020 Summer Camp Registration
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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!

Click here for this years topics and dates!

General Times for Age Groups
3-4 Camp with an adult 8:30-noon
5-6 Camp 9:00-noon OR 1:00pm-4:00pm – two consecutive days
7-9 Camp 9:00-2:00pm – two consecutive days
10-12 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.

 

Beekeeping: What would you like to know?
Saturday, April 4, 2020
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.

Click here to register.