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Jul 2020

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 Nature Center, 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 Nature Center, 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 Nature Center, 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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The History of Bison in Iowa

Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shelter #3, Jefferson County Park, 2003 Libertyville Rd
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States

A "buffalo" head has overlooked the Carnegie Library since 1900. Although the library has moved, the bison remains above the stairs to the 3rd floor. Come learn how bison were a keystone species in North American prairies. Pete Eyheralde, an Assistant Professor of Biology at William Penn University and a bison rancher in southern Iowa for the last 20 years, will share the natural history of bison in the eastern tallgrass prairie and look at new findings from research in…

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Insects Up Close- Virtual Program

Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lake Sugema North Boat Ramp, 24120 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565 United States
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Free

We have changed this program to a virtual event. We will be posting the video on August 20th rather than doing an in person program. Thanks for understanding.    Come see what insects call Van Buren County home. Entomologist Moni Hayne will be teaching participants about the insects they find in their nets. Come prepared for a hands-on adventure! 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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Oct 2020

Fall Trail Drive Through

Oct 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Whitham Woods, 1893 Business Highway 34
Fairfield, IA 52556 United States

Bring the entire family out to enjoy a portion of the Fairfield Loop Trail. This year our annual Fall Trail Drive Through will have two optional starting locations. Participants can start at Whitham Woods or the west side of Cedar View Trail and both routes will end at Maasdam Barns. Participants can go through both starting locations if they wish. The route will end at the Maasdam Barns where they will have demonstrations and live animals.

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