Woodbury County Conservation Calendar

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Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road, Sioux City, Iowa 51109

Exit 151 I-29, Take State Road 12 North for 4 miles to the Nature Center.

To register for events or for more information call 712-258-0838   Or check our website – www.woodburyparks.com

All events are free of charge unless noted.

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9am-4:30pm; Sun. 1-4:30pm. Closed Mondays.

 

Calendar of Events

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road, Sioux City, Iowa 51109

Exit 151 I-29, Take State Road 12 north for 4 miles to the Nature Center.

To register for events or for more information call 712-258-0838   Or check our website – www.woodburyparks.com

All events are free of charge unless noted.

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9am-4:30pm; Sun. 1-4:30pm. Closed Mondays. Open until 7pm on Thursdays in June & July

 

Summer Day Camp General Registration is OPEN. For more information contact

camps@woodburycountyiowa.gov.

 

Friday, April 29: Woodbury County Conservation Board Campgrounds open for the Season. Pressurized water systems, restrooms and park facilities at Snyder Bend Park, Little Sioux Park, Bigelow Park and Southwood Conservation Area will open for the camping season. Camping is first-come, first-served. See more at: http://woodburyparks.org/camping/

 

Saturday, April 30: Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 a.m.– Noon, DPNC. Help us spruce up the trails, gardens, Nature Playscape and grounds this spring. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. Pre-registration is appreciated so we can plan our volunteer tasks.

 

Saturday, April 30: Stone Park Trail Volunteer Day, 8:00 a.m.– Noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Contact Ryan at Stone State Park for details at 712-255-4698 or ryan.mcpherren@dnr.iowa.gov.

 

May 6-8: Camping Kickoff Weekend, Woodbury County Conservation Board campgrounds.All registered campers during this time will receive a coupon for one night of free camping to be used at a later date this summer.

 

Thursday, May 12: Live Animal Lunchtime, 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Come and watch our live animals eat. Learn about their habitat needs and adaptations. Free!

 

Saturday, May 21: Take It Outside Expo at Scheel’s, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sioux City Scheel’s. Stop out during the day to learn about camping basics, where to camp and view demonstrations on Dutch oven cooking and camping. Door prizes and drawings will be held throughout the day, including a 2-night Cabin stay at Little Sioux Park and free camping passes at Woodbury County Conservation Board campgrounds.

 

Thursday, June 2: Live Animal Lunchtime, 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Come and watch our live animals eat. Learn about their habitat needs and adaptations. Free!

 

June 3-5: Loess Hills Prairie Seminar. This is the 40th year for this educational outdoor event. View more at: http://www.nwaea.k12.ia.us/en/educators/loess_hills_prairie_seminar/

 

Sunday, June 5: Douglas Wood Concert, 1:00 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Douglas Wood is well-known environmental musician, storyteller, and author. He is a native Sioux City boy and now lives in northern Minnesota. Doug will delight the audience with his lyrics and vivid stories. Visit his website at http://www.douglaswood.com/.

 

Saturday, June 11: Pheasant’s Forever Fishing Derby for Youth, TBA. Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Iowa. Meet at the shelter by the beach. Free. For more information contact 712-277-2263.

 

Saturday, June 11: Predators & Prey, 7:00 p.m., Brown’s Lake, 2 miles west of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter to learn about predators and what they eat. Free!

 

Tuesday, June 14: Nature Tales, 10:00 a.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this special story time about Rainbows. We’ll hike too, weather permitting. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email tkruid@woodburycountyiowa.gov.

 

Friday, June 17: Animal Tracks, 10:00 a.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Join us to learn more about tracks and the animals that make them. Each participant will make their own plaster animal track to take home. Prepare to go outdoors for a hike if the weather allows. Free! Co-sponsored by Scheels.

 

Friday, June 17: Evening Campfire, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. 7:00 p.m. Join the Summer Naturalists for a fun evening around the campfire—complete with S’Mores. Free!

 

Saturday, June 18: Flying Jewels: Dragonflies and Damselflies, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.,Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Iowa. Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the best fliers among the insects, or all flying animals for that matter. Join retired Ida County Naturalist Steve Hummel as we catch dragonflies and damselflies and learn basic identification skills. Nets will be provided to catch specimens for close observation. Please wear clothes and footwear that can get wet and muddy. You may also wish to bring insect repellant, water bottle, snack, and an insect net if you have one. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or tkruid@woodburycountyiowa.gov. Meet by the Country School House. Hummel is a board member of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.

 

Saturday, June 18: Pond Study, 7:00 p.m., Southwood Conservation Area, 1 mile S of Smithland, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the parking lot near the ponds to explore pond life. We will use nets and try to identify the life in a pond. Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy.

 

Tuesday, June 21: Summer Solstice Hike, 6:30 p.m., Riverside Bluffs Prairie. Meet at the last parking lot on top of the hill in Kirk Hansen Park, along West 19th Street in Sioux City. Join the Woodbury County Conservation Foundation board members on this hike on the longest day of the year. We will search the hillsides for blooming prairie plants. Wear sturdy walking shoes. A rain date of June 22 at 6:30 p.m. is scheduled if the hike is canceled due to severe weather. Sponsored by WCCF.

 

Thursday, June 23: All About Frogs, 6:30 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Join us to learn about frogs and toads and to take a hike on the trails to look where they may live.

 

Friday, June 24:Reptiles, 7:00 p.m., Snyder Bend Park, 3 miles SW of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter by the boat ramp to learn about our scaled animals such as turtles and snakes. Free!

 

Saturday, June 25: Beginning Archery, 10 a.m. – Noon. Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Iowa. Learn the basics of archery and how to shoot a compound bow. Meet by the Country School House. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 712-258-0838.

 

Saturday, July 2: Play in the Park, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for a day of fun at Little Sioux Park, near Correctionville. There will be various activities set up throughout the park including: fishing, archery and live animal programs. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

 

Tuesday, July 5: Meet the Animals, 2-4 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Get up close with snakes, birds of prey, turtles, salamanders and more! Free.

 

Thursday, July 7: Concert in the Park with William Borg Schmitt, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Join us for a fun concert featuring original and folk tunes. Schmitt is a musician from central Iowa. He has hiked more than 4,000 miles along the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails and now focuses his energy on sharing the songs and stories he picked up along the way. CDs will be available to purchase. The concert is scheduled to be at the outdoor amphitheater but will be indoors if the weather is rainy. View more at: http://williamborgschmitt.com/about.

 

Friday, July 8: Nature Hike, 7:00 p.m., Southwood Conservation Area, 1 mile S of Smithland, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the parking lot near the ponds for a nature hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Free!

 

Saturday, July 9: Animal Tracks, 7:00 p.m., Brown’s Lake, 2 miles west of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter near the beach house to learn about animal tracks and our local mammals. Free!

 

Tuesday, July 12: Nature Tales, 10:00 a.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this special story time about frogs. We’ll hike too, weather permitting. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email tkruid@woodburycountyiowa.gov.

 

Thursday, July 14: Live Animal Lunchtime, 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Come and watch our live animals eat. Learn about their habitat needs and adaptations. Free!

 

Friday, July 15: Catchin’ Croakers, 7:00 p.m.,Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist to learn about frogs and toads. We will attempt to catch some live ones too. Meet at the country school house. Free!

 

Saturday, July 16: Owls, 7:00 p.m., Snyder Bend Park, 3 miles SW of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter by the boat ramp to learn about these night-time predators—owls. Free!

 

Friday, July 22: Unhuggable Animals, 7:00 p.m., Brown’s Lake, 2 miles west of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter near the beach house to learn about animals that people love to hate and dispel myths about why they really aren’t creepy. Free!

 

Saturday, July 23: Fishing Basics, 10:00 – Noon, Southwood Conservation Area, 1 mile S of Smithland, Iowa. We’ll bring the rods & reels—you plan on having fun. All persons 16 years of age or older must have a valid Iowa Fishing License. You are welcome to bring your own bait and fishing tackle also. Meet at the parking lot by the boat ramp. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 712-258-0838.

 

Friday, July 29: Teeth, Claws and Camouflage, 7:00 p.m., Snyder Bend Park, 3 miles SW of Salix, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist at the open shelter by the boat ramp to examine how teeth, claws and camouflage help animals survive. Free!

 

Saturday, July 30: Prairie Animals, 7:00 p.m.,Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Iowa. Join a Summer Naturalist to learn about animals that live in the prairie and how they are adapted to survive. We will walk in the prairie, too. Meet at the country school house. Free!

 

August 3-7: Come see us at the Woodbury County Fair in Moville. We will be in the Varied Industries Building.

 

Wednesday, August 3: Raptors at the Fair. 2:00 p.m. Old Town area. Meet some live birds of prey up close when you are at the Woodbury County Fair. Free!

 

Thursday, August 4: Reptiles at the Fair. 3:00 p.m. Old Town area. Meet some live reptiles up close when you are at the Woodbury County Fair. Free!

 

Tuesday, August 9: Nature Tales, 10:00 a.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Pre-schoolers, join us with an adult for this special story time about Starry Skies. We’ll hike too, weather permitting. Please pre-register by calling 712-258-0838 or email tkruid@woodburycountyiowa.gov.

 

Thursday, August 11: Live Animal Lunchtime, 4:30 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Come and watch our live animals eat. Learn about their habitat needs and adaptations. Free!

 

Friday, August 12: Evening Campfire, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. 7:00 p.m. Join the Summer Naturalists and celebrate a great summer of activities while we enjoy time around the campfire—complete with S’Mores. Free!

 

Friday, September 9: Nature Center Closed for Nature Calls preparation.

 

Saturday, September 10: Nature Center Closed for Nature Calls

 

Saturday, September 10: Nature Calls,6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Sioux City Convention Center. Fundraiser featuring beer & wine tasting, nature art & charity auction to raise funds for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. Call 712-258-0838 for tickets or purchase online after August 1 at http://woodburyparks.org/nature-calls/.

 

Sunday, September 11: Nature Center Closed for Nature Calls

 

 

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