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 and Waterworks Park are open for the 2017 camping season. Top of the Hill is open year-round. You can now register for a campsite 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 open weekdays by appointment only and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. until mid-October. Nature Center hosts 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):

Year of Fears- Skunks!

To register for any program,    
register online at


  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

August 21st 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Great American Eclipse Day! Celebrate the total solar eclipse with us! A solar eclipse is a line-up of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth during a New Moon phase. The Moon will cast a shadow on our planet when it is directly between the Sun and Earth. Due to our location in southeast Iowa, we will only see a partial eclipse. It will peak around 1:08 p.m. This is a rare and spectacular celestial event. It is the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. The last one was on  February 26, 1979. However, August 21, 2017, will mark the first time in ninety-nine years that such an event can be seen coast to coast. The Henry County Conservation Department will have activities and solar glasses for use ​at the event. You may preregister at or by calling the conservation department at 319-986-5067. This is a free, come-and-go-as-you-please celebration for all ages. Meet at the disc golf shelter off Oakland Mills Road.

August 22nd 6:30 p.m. Famous Trees of Iowa. Trees through time- historical value and significances. Free program.

September 17th 2:00 p.m. In the Kitchen With Laura. Speaker Sarah Uthoff “… mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden. Catch up with the story of her life while we learn what’s cooking.” This program is being funded by Humanities, Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free program. Preregistration is appreciated to ensure enough food samples for all.

October TBA 6:00-7:30 p.m. Alice’s Wonderland. Annual night hike. Short skits will focus on wonders of nature by costumed actors. All ages. Educational and fun– not scary. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations not necessary. Door prizes and snacks. Presentation at Oakland Mills County Park rain or shine. Skits will be held indoors at the nature center in the event of inclement weather. Free program.

November 16th 5:00 p.m. Basketweaving. Baskets add a piece of history as well as decor to our homes going back in time when objects were handmade out of necessity rather than for a hobby. They were used in the home to hold things like potatoes, onions, flowers, and to carry eggs. Come learn this pioneer skill. Cost is $20.00 per person. Ages 12 and up. Show up between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. This staggered start time is to allow initial individual attention. No baskets will be started after 6:00 p.m. Eat before you come. Ok to bring a snack. Bring a towel for your lap. Style of basket is dependent on skill level. No previous experience necessary. Deadline is November 13th.

December date and time TBA Winter hike and the Stars.


Oakland Mills has its own GEOCACHE! Go to for more information.

Kitty Cache

A cache by the Henry County Conservation Department            Hidden: 7-2009

Size: Small/ multiple                          Difficulty: 3 stars                   Terrain: 2 mild, but long distance

Start at N40°55.882 W    091°37.098

From there, head for the first cache at 40°55.908 W    091°37.143

Hint: You will be looking for a green ammunition box.

 In Iowa, United States

 Notes about the cache:

Nice walk around a county park to find multiple caches. Shows off many aspects of the park. Caches are located in the vicinity of different trails- you will have to walk off the trails to find them. Follow the clues to the next area and cache. KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN and pay attention to your surroundings. The hunt begins in an open, obvious place.


Water Works Park

Pond Study

Ross Observation Tower

Fun at Camp!