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EXPLORE YOUR INNER PIONEER
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
register online, go to
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 mycountyparks.com 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
November 16th 5:00
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
December date and time TBA
Winter hike and the Stars.
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.