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Sep 1 Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Better to Eat With
Join a naturalist in learning about Iowa’s birds and how their beaks are adapted to their food source and habitat. A hands on experience for all ages!

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 6-13 Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Iowa DNR Hunter Education Course
Free public Hunter Ed Course. Please bring a sack lunch and a pen or pencil for both days. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside both days.

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 6-27 Saturday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monarch Tagging
Learn about the monarch butterfly’s journey south for the winter and help catch and tag this year’s migrants. Every Saturday in September at 1pm.

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 6 Saturday
8:00 PM
Night Hike on Copper Creek Trail
Enjoy a 2 mile walk (longer or shorter if you prefer), with occasional solar light along the way.

Special Events Jackson County Recreation Trail
Sep 7 Sunday
2:00 PM
Geodes Galore
Join us in learning more about Iowa’s state rock—the geode. Then enjoy cracking them open and finding the crystals inside. Participants may keep a geode ($1/person).

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 13 Saturday
9:00 AM
Maquoketa Alzheimer Adventure Walk
The walk is for the Alzheimer’s Association. Walkers will start at the YMCA and then walk into the new Prairie Creek Recreation Area.

Special Events Prairie Creek Recreation Area
Sep 19 Friday
6:00 PM
Group Geocaching Hike
Join area geocachers in looking for caches at the park. GPS units will be available for use for those that don’t have one.

Special Events Jackson County Recreation Trail
Sep 20-21 Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Whitewater Canyon Tours
Celebrate REAP’s 25th anniversary by spending the day at one of the tri-county’s most beautiful locations. Kids activities, walking tours and wagon rides will be going on all weekend.

Other Location Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 21 Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sandbox Archeology Dig
Join a naturalist in digging for artifacts! We’ll set up a mock archaeology dig for you to learn more about our past.

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 25 Thursday
5:00 PM
Fall Canoe Trip
Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the channels at the refuge. Watch for migrating waterfowl!

Other Location Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 27 Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Youth Outdoor Skills Day
Youth ages 8-18 are welcome to come and experience outdoor skills such as archery, shooting, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and outdoor cooking.

Special Events Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 28 Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Window Planter Box Workshop
Join Dean Nelson & Bonnie Daemmrich in building a window planter box for your home. All the materials will be provided for you to build a 4’ long x 7.25” high window planter box (if you need a planter box shorter or longer than 4 feet let us know). 

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 3 Friday
5:30 PM
Group Geocaching Hike
Join area geocachers in looking for caches at the park. GPS units will be available for use for those that don’t have one.

Special Events Jackson County Recreation Trail
Oct 6-24 Monday
River of Words Exhibit
The work of thirty-six Iowa students are winners, runner-ups or honorable mention in the 2014 international River of Words contest.

Special Events Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 10 Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Family Fun Day
Join us for a fun no-school day. All ages welcome! Take a walk through the prairie, make a leaf collage, feed the live animals. Optional, bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards.

Special Events Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 11 Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Build a Fishing Rod Workshop
Create your own custom 6-foot spinning rod at this workshop. Experienced rod builder Francis Fischer will provide all the materials necessary and show you step by step how to create your own rod.

Special Events Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 11 Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Drive on the Rec Trail
Normally closed to vehicles, we are opening it up one day only to motor vehicles—cars, trucks, 4-wheelers. Start at the Spragueville parking lot for a ‘one-way’ drive down the trail to Z34.

Special Events Jackson County Recreation Trail
Oct 12 Sunday
2:00 PM
Flight of the Passenger Pigeon
From billions to none, 2014 marks the centenary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction. Join a naturalist for an interesting and informative presentation about the once most abundant bird in America.

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 14 Tuesday
6:00 PM
Friends of Jackson Co Cons Fall Business Meeting
Potluck 6:00, Program 6:30, Meeting 7:00 pm

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 18 Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:31 PM
Prairie Creek Work Day
Join us in completing some projects at our newest park. We will remove fencing, clear invasive species, and establish some woodland trails.

Special Events Prairie Creek Recreation Area
Oct 18 Saturday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Halloween Hike—Theme: Animal Friend or Foe
Bring your family to the Hurstville Interpretive Center for some Halloween fun with a nature twist. Activities include a craft, games, snack, and a trail hike full of characters with environmental messages.

Special Events Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 25 Saturday
1:00 PM
Teeth, Claws, and Camouflage
Examine how teeth, claws, and camouflage help animals survive during this hands-on program. Animal ‘artifacts’ will be used to discuss the animal’s adaptations. Kid friendly!

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 25 Saturday
1:00 PM
Teeth, Claws, and Camouflage
Examine how teeth, claws, and camouflage help animals survive during this hands-on program. Animal ‘artifacts’ will be used to discuss the animal’s adaptations. Kid friendly!

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center
Nov 1 Saturday
9:00 AM
Group Geocaching Hike
Join area geocachers in looking for caches at the park. GPS units will be available for use for those that don’t have one.

Programs Black Hawk Wildlife Area
Nov 1 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Live Birds of Prey
Scott County Conservation Naturalist will be visiting with a live screech owl, great horned owl and kestrel.

Programs Hurstville Interpretive Center


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