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.

2019 Event List (Scroll below for details)

Ice Fishing Clinic January 23
Owl Prowl February 8
Hunter Education Field Day- Sandy Hollow March 30
Outdoor Skills Day June 6
Sandy Hollow Fishing Clinic June 8
Do You Want to Be an Insect? June 22
Rock Valley Fishing Clinic July 6
Boyden Fishing Clinic TBD
Ringneck Rendezvous August 3
Hunter Education Safety Class- Oak Grove August 13
Women in the Outdoors September 14
Dutch Oven Gathering September 21
Trick or Treat Hike October 12
Youth Pheasant Hunt October 19

 

Upcoming Events:

Prairie Woods Nature Center Grand Opening
Saturday, January 11, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oak Grove, Hawarden Iowa

Mark your calendars for the Prairie Woods Nature Center Grand Opening! Bring your families out to explore! The building has several interactive exhibits, live animals and fantastic views for all ages to enjoy.

Grand Opening hours will be from 1-5pm on Saturday, January 11.

 

Prairie Woods Nature Center’s Winter Hours (Nov-Mar)

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9am-4pm

Wednesday: 9am-4pm

Thursday: 1pm-4pm

Friday: 9am-4pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: Closed

Prairie Woods Nature Center’s Summer Hours (Apr-Oct)

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9am-4pm

Wednesday: 9am-4pm

Thursday: 1pm-7pm

Friday: 9am-4pm

Saturday: 9am-4pm

Sunday: 1pm-4pm

             

Ice Fishing Clinic
Saturday, January 18, 2020
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.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM.

Registration  by going to mycountyparks.com.

Senior Environmental Learning and Fellowship (SELF)
Tuesday, January 21, 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 2019 we will focus on a different exhibit in the Prairie Woods Nature Center!

January Topic: How to achieve “Seeing the Unseen”

 

Owl Prowl
Friday, February 7, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, 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 Prairie Woods Nature Center 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 on mycountyparks.com and will open approximately two months prior to event.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM.

Register here

Backyard Bird Bonanza
Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

This is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in making yummy treats for the birds to enjoy. We will make suet, string garland, and other bird friendly activities to celebrate our feathered friends. This is also the weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count. By counting birds, we can help to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations and will report our sightings online at birdcount.org. We will take to the trails, weather permitting. Snowshoes will be available, as well as binoculars. Hot cocoa will be served.

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 2019 we will focus on a different exhibit in the Prairie Woods Nature Center!

February Topic: Geology, the story in the rocks.