Iowa Turtles. Thursday, June 29th 7:00 p.m. Come join fisheries biologist Chad Dolan as he shares his knowledge of our Iowa turtles. From turtle identification and life history to surveying techniques both kids and adults will love his program. Meets at the gazebo near Shelter #3 in Jefferson County Park. There is no fee involved and registration is not required.
I Wish I Were A Kid Again!. Monday, July 17: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 21: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. We know you're out there...adults who love the outdoors as much as their kids and grandkids and kind of wish they could go to summer camp too! Well here's your chance. This summer camp for adults runs for three evenings: Monday, July 17th, Wednesday July 19th and Friday, July 21st. You can come for one night or for all three...you just can't come with the kids. On Day 1 it's all about EXPLORATION. We'll head out out on a nature hike to look for everything and anything: plants, flowers, bugs, animal homes. And don't be surprised if you find yourself heading out on a scavenger hunt or hiding in a prairie. On Day 2 it's all about CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. We'll hunt like Bats and call in Owls and use flashlights to find critters with eye shine! On Day 3 you gotta WEAR YOUR BOOTS! There's a creek hike and a visit to the nearby pond. You'll learn the call of frogs and take a closer look at the tiniest critters found at the wetland. Registration is required so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 472-4421 Fee: $5.00 per night.
Pond Critters. Wednesday, July 19: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. For 4 & 5 year olds and their grown up. Join your little one in an exploration of Jefferson County Park's small wetland. You'll both want to wear clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty and shoes or boots in case your feet get wet. No fee but pre-registration is requested. Call 472-4421 or e-mail email@example.com
Dragonflies & Damselflies. Monday, July 24: 10:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. Forty-eight species of Dragonflies and Damselflies have been recorded in Jefferson County. These fascinating insects have names like Calico Pennant, Widow Skimmer, and Blue-fronted Dancer. Come learn about their life cycle and how to identify some of the local species. Starts at the nature center In Jefferson County Park and then we’ll head outdoors. This program is geared for adults but kids will enjoy it too. Led by entomologist Moni Hayne. No registration necessary. No fee.
Moth Night. Wednesday, July 26: 10:00 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. We’re offering two late night sessions for mothing. 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for those people who don’t want to stay up too late. And from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for those who do. Each sessions begins in the nature center. You don’t have to have kids to participate but all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Led by entomologist Moni Hayne. No registration necessary. No fee.
Butterflies. Thursday, July 27: 10:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. Come learn about the variety of butterflies found in Jefferson County. We will even touch base on identifying the common caterpillars and what plants in your garden they might be nibbling on! Starts indoors at the nature center and then we’ll head outdoors on a hike to identify some of the local species. This program is geared for adults but kids will enjoy it too. Led by entomologist Moni Hayne. No registration necessary. No fee.
Des Moines River Water Trail Programs. Jefferson County Conservation has once again partnered with the Iowa DNR to provide activities on or along the Des Moines River. Naturalist Brittney Tiller has planned ten activities from July through October. Click here to see the List of 2017 Des Moines River Water Trail Programs. (a PDF).
Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jefferson County Conservation Board offers a variety of outdoor-related programs each year. During the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, 3903 individuals took part in naturalist programs. The bulk of that number was school group related. (Every classroom in the Fairfield School District makes a trip to Jefferson County Park as part of their curriculum.) Teachers have an opportunity to take part in a field trip that can help expand what they are studying in the classroom and in the process give the kids a hands-on, in-touch-with-nature experience. To schedule a field trip for your classroom contact Therese by calling 641-472-4421 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Naturalist-led programs are also offered for the general public throughout the year. The programming varies from cultural history related programs such as basket making, maple syruping and the annual Dutch Oven Cook Off to outdoor recreation classes such as canoeing and kayaking. Natural history related programs make up the bulk of the naturalist-led programs for the public and might include an indoor class on pond management or outdoor hikes and trips to go wildlife watching, stargazing, or rock hunting. You can learn about upcoming programs by visiting this website, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list or by looking up Jefferson County Conservation on Facebook.
Church groups, clubs and other organizations interested in a naturalist-led hike or presentation can contact the naturalist by phone (472-4421) or e-mail. Currently there is no fee charged for these programs unless there are supplies involved (i.e. basket making); or if the naturalist has to travel out of county, mileage may be charged.