All events are held in the Environmental Education Classroom at the Oakland Mills Nature Center unless otherwise noted -  find all programs listed below.

What's Happening and At the Park Programs

  • Camping at Oakland Mills South Shore is OPEN for the season but Waterworks Campground is OPEN, but be aware repairs still need to be made due to recent flooding.

  • Top of the Hill is open year-round. You can now register for campsites on-line at OR walk-ins are still accepted.

  • Gibson Recreation area is by permit only.

  • The conservation office is open 11:00 am-5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

  • Oakland Mills Nature Center is now open for the season until mid-October. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Weekdays are by appointment only. Nature Center hosts for 2019 are needed. Contact Tony Brown at 319-537-1061 for more information.

  • Go to to register for camping or for any of our programs.


At the Park
Opportunities for all children AND their
parent(s) or guardian(s):
To register for any program, register online at


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  At the Park



All programs will meet at the Oakland Mills Nature Center, 2593 Nature Center Drive, Mt Pleasant, Iowa, unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of the programs, call the Henry County Conservation office at 319-986-5067 or email

To register online, go to Checks will no longer be accepted as a form of payment.

September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. 2nd Annual Photography Contest meeting with conservation staff. Photography contest and rules will be announced by the conservation staff at this program. Preregistration is required via mycountyparks by September 2nd. Attendance at this meeting is required to participate in the contest as it marks its beginning. Contest will end September 27, 2019. Category winners will be announced October 2nd and the Best in Show will be announced by October 18th. Entries will compete for Henry County Conservation free camping certificates- with the grand prize being a free HCC cabin stay. Social media and in-person nature center paper ballots will be used again for voting purposes. This FREE program is for everyone- adults and kids alike- as well as all range of abilities from amateur to professional. Note: This is not a meeting on how to use your camera. 

CLICK HERE for the official photo entry form

September 12th 7:00 p.m. Trivia is for the Birds! Night 2 with the conservation staff. Pre-register your 3-5 person team via mycountyparks on or before September 9th. The fee of $6 per person will be donated directly to the live raptor fund here at Oakland Mills. All questions will have a nature aspect but not necessarily what you think! Be sure to brush up on general nature knowledge but don’t forget about music and movies! Must be 14 years old+ to participate. Prize for the winning team. If this event is successful, we hope to continue it on a regular basis! Note: Upon registering, put your team name in the “Attendee” box at check out. 

September 15th 2:00 p.m. Blackhawk’s Final Resting Place, by Russ Fry, MA. Mr. Fry is a historian from Burlington who has written several books on local history and directed several documentaries. His description of the program is as follows: “Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, the Sauk war leader known to the American settlers as Chief Black Hawk, fought and lost a war in 1832 as he tried to retake his homeland. The history books say his stolen remains were destroyed in an 1853 museum fire in Burlington, Iowa. The history books are wrong.” Preregistration is appreciated, but not necessary. FREE program. 

October TBA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Jurassic County Park. Annual night hike. Carnival-style games will be played to demonstrate aspects of dinosaurs and pre-historic life. All ages. Educational and fun– not scary. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations not necessary. Station prizes. Will be held at Oakland Mills County Park rain or shine. Games will be held indoors at the nature center in the event of inclement weather. FREE program.  

October 28 and 29th 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:00 p.m. each night Escape the Nature Center Rooms. Get “locked” in the nature center, read a mysterious scenario, then follow clues to get out. Pre-register your team via mycountyparks on or before October 22nd. Be aware when you make your registration selection there are two time slots on two different nights. You will choose which date you want then the time. Both nights the room scenarios are identical. The fee of $6 per person will be donated directly to the live raptor fund here at Oakland Mills. Must be 14 years old+ to participate but at least one adult per group is required. Note: Upon registering, put your team name in the “Attendee” box at check out. 

November 17th 2:00 p.m. Ladies’ Day Out with conservation staff. Last year’s natural beauty product program was a hit so it’s back by popular demand! Enjoy an afternoon of “girl time” making at least five items to take home with you to continue the pampering. Fees and preregistration are due via mycountyparks on or before November 12th. Ages 10 through adult. Cost: $15.00 per participant.


Water Works Park

Pond Study

Ross Observation Tower

Fun at Camp!