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:

Trick or Treat Hike
Saturday, October 8, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Oak Grove Park Campgrounds, Hawarden Iowa

Join us for a fun evening of Trick or Treating. Ages 12 and under are invited to trick or treat in costume. Campground(s) will be full of campers with friendly faces at each campsite and of course pre-packaged candy/goodies too. If you would like to be a camper, see below for details. Trick or treating is from 5:30-8:00 pm. No pre-registration needed.

Campers can register first come first served on Sept 6 starting at 8am by calling 712/552-1047.  They will need to provide candy for 800 kids in exchange for free camping, Friday and Saturday night.

Listen to KSOU 93.9 FM for weather cancellations.

SELF Creature Feature-Eww?
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Morning session:10:00am
Afternoon session: 12:30pm & 2:30pm

Join us for Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF) each month, we promise you will enjoy your-SELF! Enjoy coffee, treats, fellowship and a short presentation. Our 2022 theme is “Creature Feature”.

This month we will focus on Eww! It will be a combination of several animals that typically get an EWW response. 

SELF is held every third Tuesday of the month. Please Call to register, 712-552-3057 and talk to Sarah!

Youth Pheasant Hunt
Saturday, October 22, 2022
7:30 am - 12:30 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.

Register approximately two months prior to event HERE.

Please also print out the following forms:

Registration Application

Emergency Form

PF Waiver Form

Wild Child Nature Series- October
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Attention animal and nature lovers ages 2 through 5! Our Wild Child Nature Series is a nature based experience that will get your child exploring, moving, playing, and using their senses. An adult is required to join the child(ren). No fee. Pre-registration required.

Monthly Topic: Owls
Morning session: 10:00am-11:00am
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Click here to Register online. Registration will open approximately two months before date. **If it is the day of event, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability and register.

SELF Creature Feature-Turkeys
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Morning session:10:00am
Afternoon session: 2:30pm

Join us for Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF) each month, we promise you will enjoy your-SELF! Enjoy coffee, treats, fellowship and a short presentation. Our 2022 theme is “Creature Feature”.

This month we will focus on Turkeys!  

SELF is held every third Tuesday of the month. Please Call to register, 712-552-3057 and talk to Sarah!

SELF Creature Feature-Team Jeopardy
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Morning session:10:00am
Afternoon session: 2:30pm

Join us for Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF) each month, we promise you will enjoy your-SELF! Enjoy coffee, treats, fellowship and a short presentation. Our 2022 theme is “Creature Feature”.

This month we will celebrate our year together with a friendly game of Jeopardy!

SELF is held every third Tuesday of the month. Please Call to register, 712-552-3057 and talk to Sarah!

Wild Child Nature Series- January
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
All Day
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Attention animal and nature lovers ages 2 through 5! Our Wild Child Nature Series is a nature based experience that will get your child exploring, moving, playing, and using their senses. An adult is required to join the child(ren). No fee. Pre-registration required.

Monthly Topic: Tracks
Morning session: 10:00am-11:00am
Afternoon session: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Click here to Register online. Registration will open approximately two months before date. **If it is the day of event, please call 712-552-3057 to check for availability and register.