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Feb 25 Monday 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Souls) - Owl Chat
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Fontana Park
Mar 1 - May 31 Friday "DING" DARLING: ONE MAN, MANY VISIONS
An exhibit of artwork and personal memorabilia celebrating the many facets and achievements of Jay N. "Ding" Darling.
Special Events Fontana Park
Mar 9 Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Volunteer Workshop
Love our natural world? Come find out how you can help.
Special Events Fontana Park
Mar 11 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Kids - Bison
We invite children ages 3-5 years old, to the nature center for fun and learning all about one animal that used to call Iowa home, the bison
Programs Fontana Park
Mar 14 Thursday 7:00 PM Darling: One Man, Many Visions - Exhibit Opening Speaker
Jay N. Darling Center's Director and Curator, Sam Koltinski, shares stories behind the center's extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia from the Darling family and his unique involvement with them.
Special Events Fontana Park
Mar 18 Monday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM OWLS - Hike
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Crumbacher Wildlife Area
Apr 8 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Kids - Vultures
We invite children ages 3-5 years old, to the nature center for fun and learning all about the cool things vultures do.
Programs Fontana Park
Apr 13 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Perfecting Your Nature Photography
Improve your nature photography skills with reliable tips and tricks presented by Kip Ladage.
Programs Fontana Park
Apr 15 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS - Signs of Spring Tour
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Ham Marsh
Apr 20 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Geocaching Egg Hunt
Try a new kind of egg hunt with a GPS unit. The hunt will take you on an adventure close or far at Fontana Park.
Special Events Fontana Park
Apr 22 Monday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fontana Nature Center Anniversary Banquet - Option 1: $75 Couples Package
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Fontana Interpretive Nature Center during a banquet at Heartland Acres in Independence.
Special Events Buchanan County Conservation Offices
Apr 22 Monday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fontana Nature Center Anniversary Banquet - Option 2: $50 Single Package
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Fontana Interpretive Nature Center during a banquet at Heartland Acres in Independence.
Special Events Buchanan County Conservation Offices
Apr 22 Monday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fontana Nature Center Anniversary Banquet - Option 3: $30 Single Banquet Ticket
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Fontana Interpretive Nature Center during a banquet at Heartland Acres in Independence.
Special Events Buchanan County Conservation Offices
Apr 22 Monday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fontana Nature Center Anniversary Banquet - Option 4: $25 Extra Raffle Package
After purchasing tickets for the Fontana Nature Center Anniversary Banquet, click here to purchase extra raffle packages!
Special Events Buchanan County Conservation Offices
Apr 26 Friday 9:30 AM Buchanan County Conservation Energy Games
Students from area schools and home schools will be competing in Solar Car Races, Solar Oven Contests and/or Wind Turbine Competitions.
Programs Fontana Park
May 11 Saturday 10:00 AM Silk Scarves and Natural Colors
Silk scarves are perfect for every season - hand color yours using natural plant materials.
Programs Fontana Park
May 13 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Kids - Frogs
We invite children ages 3-5 years old, to the nature center for fun and learning all about frogs that call Iowa home.
Programs Fontana Park
May 18 Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Morning Paddle
Come and enjoy the Wapsipinicon River from a whole different angle!
Programs Wapsipinicon River Access
May 20 Monday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM OWLS - Wildflower Walk
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Putty Root Preserve
May 22 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Old Time Meal
Check out the Richardson-Jakway historic house and have supper in the house that was build in 1851.
Special Events Jakway Park