Events

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 - 11:00 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).
Do You Want To Be An Insect?
Saturday, June 5, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

Do you want to be an insect? What would your gigantic world be like? Where would you live, hide, eat, lay eggs? Lets explore the trails at Oak Grove Park with entomologist and Dordt professor, Jeremy Hummel, on Saturday June 20th at 2:30 pm. We will be armed with nets and Ziploc bags for a catch and release hike. The trail is not stroller friendly, you will need bug spray, sunscreen and water bottle. Indoor program if raining.

Pre-registration is appreciated. Click here to register. 

 

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.

Sandy Hollow Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 12, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sandy Hollow, Sioux Center IA

We partner with Sioux County Sportsman’s Club (SCSC) for this fishing clinic at SCCB Sandy Hollow Area just East of Sioux Center off B40. The morning is filled with fishing instruction, fishing, contest in casting as well as most fish caught and biggest fish caught. Prizes, giveaways and lunch is provided by the SCSC.  All ages are welcome, those of 8 years and younger must have an adult present. Those of 16 years and older must have a valid Iowa fishing license if they wish to fish. Fishing poles are provided by SCCB and bait and lunch is provided by SCSC.  Registration is required and will open approximately two months prior to event.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM.

Approximately two months prior to event you can register HERE.

SELF By Design- Eyes
Tuesday, June 15, 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 Eyes!

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.

Fly Fishing Instruction and Demonstration
Saturday, June 19, 2021
12:00 am
Prairie Woods Nature Center, Hawarden IA

TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED

Back Country Hunter and Anglers will provide this excellent program for participants. Fly fishing expert and author Dan Frasier will be our instructor. He will provide instruction, demonstration and answer questions about fly fishing.

Please pre-register 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.

SELF By Design- Skeleton and Feet
Tuesday, July 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 Skeleton and Teeth!

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.

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).
Ringneck Rendezvous
Saturday, August 7, 2021
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rock Valley Gun Club, Rock Valley IA

Looking for a fun family night before you head back to school? Ringneck Rendezvous is your event! This event is held at the Rock Valley Gun club just West out of Rock Valley. Those of 5-8 years must have an adult present. All adults welcome. Doors open at 4:00 pm and participants are invited to play games and participate in activities for booth prizes until 6:30 pm. We try to add new booths each year but past booths have featured: Outdoor Minute to Win It games, BB guns, trap shooting(ages 12 and over), archery, wrist rockets, ring toss, seed balls, dog training, scavenger hunt and several more! Following the closing of the booths, booth prizes will be drawn for. After our evening program we draw for door prizes that have been sponsored by local businesses.

Please preregister for this event, registration will open approximately two months prior to event. The cost of this event is $10 to cover supper meal, and giveaways. This event would not be possible without our partnership with Sioux Prairie Pheasant Forever Chapter, Rock Valley Gun Club and the Iowa DNR. Walk-ins welcome until event is full.

Weather related cancellations will be aired on 93.9 FM.

Registration is available by clicking here. (open approximately two months prior to event)