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Oct 20 Saturday Fall Festival at Swan Lake
Join Naturalist, Matt Wetrich, at the Swan Lake Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 2018 Pheasants Forever Youth Pheasant Hunt
This event is free and open to local youth that are ages 12-15, and have successfully completed Hunter Education. Those Interested need to fill out an application.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Youth Mentor Hunt- 2018
Those age 12-15 that are Iowa residents and have passed their hunter safety course. Are invited to join us for a morning of pheasant hunting during the youth season. Only a limited number of youths will be allowed, register online and send in forms.
Other Location Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Oct 20 Saturday 10:00 AM Knee High Naturalists
Itsy Bitsy Spiders
Programs Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Oct 20 Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Briggs Woods Halloween Event & Fundraiser "Night Time Animals & Haunted Woods Hikes"
Discover what roams at Briggs Woods Park at night on the first hike. A Haunted Woods Hike by Troop 17 will follow the Autumn Night Hike. The hikes are a fundraiser for the Naturalist Program and Boy Scouts so a fee of $2.00 per person applies.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Oct 20 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Trick or Treat Night
The annual trick or treat night at Breezy Bay campground will be Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Special Events Story Hickory Grove Park
Oct 23 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Creatures of the Night
Halloween is creeping in. Learn about the creatures that lurk in the night. No need to be scared, we will tell you the truth about these mysterious beings while you relax with a glass of wine.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 25 Thursday 9:00 AM Haunted History Tour- OWLS Event
Take a trip through Jackson, Jones and Dubuque counties to visit locations with a haunting history. Poor farms, haunted hotels, abandoned insane asylums, and more!
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 25 Thursday 6:00 PM Friends of Rock Creek Meeting
Join this small fun group that makes a big difference.
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Oct 25 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterwards enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 26 Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Family Fun Day
Join us for some outdoor nature fun on this no-school day! Children of all ages are invited to join a naturalist for a hike, games, activities and crafts.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 26 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Stories and S'mores
Join naturalist Heather Hucka for an evening of nature-inspired stories and songs along with everyone’s favorite fire treat…S’MORES!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 26 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Owl Prowl
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 9:00 AM Trick or Treat for the Animals
Create some creative pumpkins and then watch the animals eat all of their treats that are placed inside!
Programs Buchanan Fontana Park
Oct 27 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Open Air Rifle Range
Both air rifle and archery are Olympic sports and gaining in popularity across the country. Join one of PCC’s Naturalists, who are certified instructors, during our open, indoor range times to experience these sports in a safe, supervised setting.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Explore your Outdoors: Camouflage!
Join Naturalist Jess Lancial as we discover and explore the amazing survival strategies of camouflage.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 27 Saturday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Little Wall Lake Halloween Event
Camper trick-or-treat and hayrides!! Awards for the best two decorated campsites. Wear your best costume!
Special Events Hamilton Little Wall Lake Park
Oct 27 Saturday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM R.I.P. HIke
Thomas Mitchell Park is the final resting spot of Dewitt Devotie. Who was he and why is he buried in the park? We’ll hike to his gravestone to pay our respects and try to unravel this eerie mystery.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 27 Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Lighted Halloween Campground
Free Drive through the night!
Special Events Cass Cold Springs Park
Oct 29-30 Monday Eco Center Closed
The Eco Center will be closed for scheduled maintenance.
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Oct 29 Monday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM After School Special - Blank Park Zoo - Scary Animals!
Lime Creek Nature Center welcomes the Blank Park Zoo for an “After School Special” program!
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Oct 29 Monday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Coyote Club - Bats
Coyote Club is for kids age 6-10 who are interested in nature, animals, and outdoor fun! Participants engage with the Naturalist at Fontana Park, with programs scattered throughout the year.
Programs Buchanan Fontana Park
Oct 31 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Winter Hours Begin
Winter hours begin - Open Thursday thru Sunday 8am to 4pm. Nature Center portion of the building also open Monday - Wednesday, 10am to 2pm.
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Nov 1 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Womens Hunter Education Course
Story County Conservation and Iowa DNR are teaming up to offer Iowa Hunter Education certification in a program designed for women ages 16 and up.
Programs Story McFarland Park