The Henry County Conservation Department will offer summer youth programs - learn all about them here!

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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.


To see all events or to register online, go to


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

Environmental Education

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, and wildflowers.

 Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout programs are also available. Rank specific and badges.

Maple syruping for all ages in February/March.

 We 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.

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