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Jul 2020

Astronomy Camp

Jul 7 @ 9:00 am - Jul 10 @ 9:00 am
Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$45

Register Here July 7-8; 9:00am-12:00pm July 9 (4:00pm)-July 10 (9:00am) Pre-Registration Required-Entering 3rd-5th Grade Discover the stories of the sky, learn about the moon’s craters, chart the sun’s movement, and spend the night at the park! This two-day camp with an overnight will teach participants about our amazing solar system. The overnight portion of the camp is optional. Included in the $50 camp fee are snacks, a t-shirt, and food during the overnight campout. Camp will be limited to twelve…

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Kayak Loan

Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park- Boat Ramp, 22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States

Pre-Registration Required Enjoy a calm evening on the water at the lake in 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 6:15-7:00pm and will each have 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register, please email Brittney at Naturalist@JeffersonCountyConservation.com. Participants 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Staff will provide boats, paddles, and life jackets which are required for the program. This is an…

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Overnight Explorers

Jul 15 @ 8:00 am - Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$75

Register Here July 15 (8:00am)- July 16 (5:00pm) Pre-Registration Required-Entering 7th-9th Grade Spelunking, hiking, camping, and white-water kayaking- what more could you want?! This two-day, one-night camp shows participants what unique outdoor recreation opportunities exist in Iowa. Participants will go spelunking at Maquoketa Caves State Park, camp out at Backbone State Park, and white-water kayak in Manchester. Camp will be limited to twelve participants who are entering 7th-9th grade.

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Wildlife of the River Paddle

Jul 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Austin Park, Lark Ave
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
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$5

Register Here Learn about the wildlife which call the Des Moines River home. Naturalist Pete Eyheralde will be leading the paddle which begins at Austin Park and takes out 5.8 river miles downstream. 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 a limited number of kayaks available to borrow if participants do not have their own boat. This program is…

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Comet Viewing

Jul 19 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Shelter #3, Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States
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If the skies are clear, join Naturalist Brittney Tiller as we search the sky for the newly discovered comet Neowise. Participants should meet at the ballfield in the picnic area near Shelters #1 & 2. Participants will be asked to maintain social distancing during the program.

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Fishing Camp

Jul 21 @ 9:00 am - Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm
Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$45

Register Here July 21-23; 9:00am-2:00pm Pre-Registration Required-Entering 4th-6th Grade Campers will learn to rig their own pole, bait their hook, take their catch off the line, and identify the fish! The final day of camp will include a fieldtrip to a surprise fishing location. Included in the $45 camp fee are snacks and t-shirt. Camp will be limited to twelve participants who are entering 4th-6th grade.

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Best of the Best

Jul 28 @ 9:00 am - Jul 31 @ 9:00 am
Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$50

Register Here July 28-29; 9:00am-2:00pm July 30 (4:00pm)-July 31 (9:00am) Pre-Registration Required-Entering 5th-7th Grade If you like non-stop action and a whole lot of fun, this camp is for you! We have combined all the favorite activities into one camp which will include fishing, archery, spear throwing, kayaking, fire building, and an optional overnight campout. Included in the $50 camp fee are a snack and t-shirt. Included in the $50 camp fee are snacks, a t-shirt, and food during the…

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Aug 2020

Geode Paddle

Aug 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bentonsport Boat Ramp, Hawk Dr
Bentonsport, IA 52565 United States
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$5

Pre-registration required- Register Here Geodes are nature’s treasure chest! Participants will be paddling this beautiful stretch of river between stops on the sandbars as we search for geodes. Ryan Clark, a Geologist with the Iowa Geological Survey, will be leading the paddle as he talks about the geology of the river, why we can find geodes in that particular stretch of river, and how geodes form. The paddle is open to everyone, however children under age 18 must be accompanied…

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Meet a Turtle

Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park- Beach House Lodge, 22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
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Free

Head out to Lacey-Keosauqua State Park to Meet a Turtle. Chad Dolan, Biologist with the Iowa DNR, will begin his presentation with some general information on turtles then show some live turtles which call Iowa home. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. The Des Moines River Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa.

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Hands on History

Aug 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Road
Fairfield, 52556 United States
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$3

Register Here Entering 3rd-6th Grade Join us for a morning of history-related activities which include starting a fire with flint and steel, making a candle, and spear throwing with an atlatl. This program is co-sponsored by Carnegie Historical Museum and Jefferson County Conservation. Pre-registration required.

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