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Jun 2021

Youth Paddle

Jun 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bentonsport Boat Ramp, Hawk Dr
Bentonsport, IA 52565 United States
$5

Register Here Hit the water as we explore the Des Moines River from Bentonsport to Bonaparte. This program is geared for Van Buren County youth who are entering 5th grade or older. Participants must have an adult with them. This nearly four-mile stretch is a great introduction to river paddling. The cost for the program is $5 per kayak. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County…

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Full Moon Float

Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park- Boat Ramp, 22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
$5

Register Here Cost: $5 per boat Paddle under the light of the Full Moon! Naturalist Brittney Tiller will lead participants out on the water as she interprets the various constellations and objects of the sky from the calm waters of the lake. The paddle will begin and end at the boat ramp on the lake. The paddle is open to everyone, however children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Paddle registration is limited to 20 boats. Jefferson…

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Nature Detectives- FULL

Jun 29 @ 9:00 am - Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
$40

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list June 29-July 2; 9:00am-12:00pm Pre-Registration Required- Entering 2nd -3rd Grade Campers become detectives as they answer the question, which animal has been here! Camp features nature exploration, hiking, games, crafts, and other hands on activities. Included in the $40 camp fee are snacks and a t-shirt. Camp will be limited to twelve participants who are entering 2nd-3rd grade.

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Jul 2021

Kayak Loan: Van Buren County

Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park- Boat Ramp, 22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States

Register Here Enjoy a calm evening on the water at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park. Participants can kayak around the lake during one of two 45-minute sessions. Sessions will run from 5:30-6:15pm then again from 6:30-7:15pm and will each have 12 participants. Participants 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Staff will provide boats, paddles, and life jackets-which are required to be worn at all times during the program. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored…

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Wild About Water- FULL

Jul 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
$45

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list July 6-9; 9:00am-12:00pm Pre-Registration Required- Entering 3rd-4th Grade Splish, Splash! Campers will learn about the water cycle, watersheds, and how water moves while testing water in different areas around the park. Water will come alive through hands on experiments and up-close explorations! Camp features nature exploration, hiking, games, crafts, and other hands on activities. Included in the $45 registration fee are snacks and a t-shirt. Camp…

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Toddler Time: July

Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
Free

Register Here Explore the great outdoors alongside your child! We will be doing a short introduction before heading out on a hike. This children’s nature program is geared for children who are 2-4 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Toddler Time happens rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather! Pre-registration is required.

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Maquoketa Caves Adventure

Jul 14 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
$40

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list July 14; 8:00am-6:00pm Pre-Registration Required- Entering 7th-9th Grade Explore one of Iowa’s hidden gems! Participants will travel to Maquoketa Caves State Park for a day of spelunking. Hike, climb, and crawl through features of the park such as ‘Dancehall Cave’, ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’, & ‘Ice Cave’. Participants will need a change of clothes and a sack lunch. Camp will be limited to ten participants. Pre-registration is required.…

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Camp Kyle

Jul 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
$10

Register Here Entering 6th-8th Grade Shooting + Archery + Paddling + Fire Building = One fun-filled summer day! This one-day camp will perpetuate Kyle Longerbeam’s dream by teaching the next generation of hunters, trappers, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts that your dreams are just one shot away. Camp will be limited to twenty participants who are entering 6th-8th Grade. Pre-registration required.

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Geology Rocks

Jul 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jefferson County Park Nature Center, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
$45

This camp is currently full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list July 20-22; 9:00am-12:00pm July 23; 9:00am-2:00pm* Fieldtrip Pre-Registration Required- Entering 4th-5th Grade Turn your child into a geologist for the week! This camp will focus on rocks, fossils, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle. The final day of camp will include a surprise fieldtrip. Camp features nature exploration, hiking, games, crafts, and other hands on activities. Included in the $45 registration fee are snacks and a t-shirt.…

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Paddle into the Past

Jul 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Austin Park, Lark Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
$5

Register Here Austin Park to Keosauqua Boat Ramp Cost: $5 per boat Paddle into the Past as Cherie E. Haury-Artz, Education Assistant at the Office of the State Archaeologist, leads a paddle sharing about the past inhabitants and archaeology of the area. The paddle is open to everyone, however children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Paddle registration is limited to 20 boats. Jefferson County Conservation has several kayaks which participants may pre-register to borrow. This is…

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