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Summer Programs 2017
The Henry County Conservation Department will offer summer programs.
Activities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All
children who have not completed first grade must be accompanied by an
adult, as do all children requiring one-on-one aids while in school.
Some programs may be a bit advanced for younger children; see camp
descriptions for details and age restrictions.
Programs will be geared toward school-aged children.
Preregistration is required and all fees are due at least two weeks
prior to the start of the program.
All programs will begin and end at the Oakland Mills Nature Center
unless otherwise noted.
Activities will be held rain or shine. Dress accordingly. Canoe consent
forms are found below. Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops.
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BE AN IOWA JUNIOR NATURALIST!
Participation in this program is new to the Henry County Conservation
Department. The Iowa Junior Naturalist program is a wonderful opportunity
for children ages 6-12 to experience environmental education programs,
outdoor recreation, and our natural resources. This program encourages
children to attend programs offered by local county conservation
departments, Iowa Department of Natural Resources state park units, local
libraries, nature centers, YMCA camps, 4-H, or any other program with a
nature theme. In addition, participants will be encouraged to work on
independent activities. When all requirements are completed, participants
will receive an official Iowa Junior Naturalist patch and certificate of
achievement. Patches will be different each year. Contact Naturalist Cari
Nicely for more information at
The Henry County Conservation Department has a Naturalist available for your
organization, group, or classroom free of charge. Call for an appointment.
Programs given at Oakland Mills Nature Center, in school classrooms, or at
other facilities. We have a constellation board in the Oakland Mills
Nature Center Environmental Education Classroom ceiling, a bird viewing area
on-site, and live raptors for presentations!
Cari Nicely, Naturalist
Office: 319-986-5067 Cell: 319-931-2942
Program ideas for all ages include, but are not limited to:
live raptors, a specific animal, ecosystems, food chains, geology,
Native Americans, pioneer activities and crafts, dutch oven cooking, area history, weather, plant parts,
tracks, predators, birds, campfires, planets/stars, compass, trees, leaves,
weeds, poisonous plants, wild edibles, energy conservation, renewable
resources, pond study, pollution prevention, wildlife, habitats,
adaptations, prairies, fishing, wetlands, night creatures, outdoor
photography, nesting boxes, endangered species, insect study, survival
skills, groundwater protection, hazardous waste, recycling,
Leave No Trace,
Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout programs are also available. Rank specific
Maple syruping for all ages in February/March
have programs prepared for school groups !
There are many changes each school year. Remember-
environmental education classes arenít just for science! Call Cari at
319-986-5067 or e-mail at
to schedule appointments for your classrooms.
All programs have been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.