Events

Watch this space for upcoming programs and events happening with Mahaska County Conservation! Registration forms and flyers for specific events are listed below.

Registration Forms & Event Flyers

Summer 2024 Day Camps for Kids

Upcoming Programs:

July 22, 2024
11:00am to 12:00pm

Picnic in the Park (White Oak Conservation Area)

Join Mahaska County Conservation for a Picnic in the Park at one of our county parks each monday in July!  We will meet from 11:00 am until noon at a set location where you can eat your sack lunch.  The naturalist will share special information about each park and give ideas on what you can do to enjoy nature in the park.

Each day you come to Picnic in the Park, your name will go into a drawing for a MAMMOTH PRIZE!  The prize winner will be drawn at the picnic on July 29.

Reservations are not needed, just show up and have fun with us!  Feel free to bring extra supplies such as a lawn chair, camera or anything else you want for comfort or if you stick around and enjoy the park.

This is our weekly schedule:

Monday, July 1 @ Quercus Wilderness Area                                                                      Main parking lot at 3139 Kent Ave., Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Monday, July 8 @ Eddyville Dunes Sand Prairie                                                                Shelter house at 2200 Memory Lane, Eddyville, IA 52553 (by cemetery)

Monday, July 15 @ Russell Wildlife Area                                                                            Shelter house at 2254 - 200th St., New Sharon, IA 50207

Monday, July 22 @ White Oak Conservation Area                                                          Cardinal Shelter house at 2647 Ventura Ave., Rose Hill, IA 52586

Monday, July 29 @ Caldwell Park                                                                                     Picnic area behind ELC at 2342 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

In case of rain or severe weather, cancellations will be make on the website www.mahaskaconservation.com or on Mahaska County Conservation Facebook page.

If you have questions, call our office at (641)673-9327.

Event Location

White Oak Conservation Area
2647 Ventura Ave., Rose Hill, IA 52586
Oskaloosa, IA
July 25, 2024
11:00am to 12:00pm

OWLS "Green Iowa AmeriCorps"

The Mahaska County Conservation Board invites adults of any age to the O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls) program on Thursday, July 25 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm at the Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

****Please let us know if you are coming! Reservations are made by contacting MCCB at (641)673-9327 or decook@mahaskacountyia.gov.

This month, the guest presenters will be from Green Iowa AmeriCorps. The local AmeriCorps have been working on local environmental projects such as native plantings and bio retention cells. Come and listen to them as they share their experiences around Oskaloosa and Mahaska County!

The Environmental Learning Center is located at 2342 Hwy. 92 East, Oskaloosa. 

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
July 25, 2024
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet A Snake

Stop out and visit the Environmental Learning Center on July 25th and meet one of Mahaska County Conservation's ambassador snakes! There will be fun snake activities to do that will help you understand them as amazing reptiles. At 6:00 pm, come and meet our corn snake and take a photo with him.

The ELC will be open this day from 12:30-7:00 pm. Feel free to stop by any time we are open to check out snake activities.

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
July 29, 2024
11:00am to 12:00pm

Picnic in the Park (Caldwell Park)

Join Mahaska County Conservation for a Picnic in the Park at one of our county parks each monday in July!  We will meet from 11:00 am until noon at a set location where you can eat your sack lunch.  The naturalist will share special information about each park and give ideas on what you can do to enjoy nature in the park.

Each day you come to Picnic in the Park, your name will go into a drawing for a MAMMOTH PRIZE!  The prize winner will be drawn at the picnic on July 29.

Reservations are not needed, just show up and have fun with us!  Feel free to bring extra supplies such as a lawn chair, camera or anything else you want for comfort or if you stick around and enjoy the park.

This is our weekly schedule:

Monday, July 1 @ Quercus Wilderness Area                                                                      Main parking lot at 3139 Kent Ave., Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Monday, July 8 @ Eddyville Dunes Sand Prairie                                                                Shelter house at 2200 Memory Lane, Eddyville, IA 52553 (by cemetery)

Monday, July 15 @ Russell Wildlife Area                                                                            Shelter house at 2254 - 200th St., New Sharon, IA 50207

Monday, July 22 @ White Oak Conservation Area                                                          Cardinal Shelter house at 2647 Ventura Ave., Rose Hill, IA 52586

Monday, July 29 @ Caldwell Park                                                                                     Picnic area behind ELC at 2342 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

In case of rain or severe weather, cancellations will be make on the website www.mahaskaconservation.com or on Mahaska County Conservation Facebook page.

If you have questions, call our office at (641)673-9327.

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
August 1, 2024
9:00am to 10:00am

Coffee Club at the ELC

Join us at Mahaska County Conservation's monthly "Coffee Club at the ELC" on Thursday, August 1 from 9:00-10:00 am. Homemade refreshments will be served along with freshly brewed coffee.

At the Coffee Club, we have a great time visiting and learning about fascinating things about nature and Mahaska County Conservation.

***Bring a coffee cup with an animal on it, show it off to our group and fill it with our fresh, hot brewed coffee. If you bring a coffee cup with an animal on it, you will be entered in a door prize!

The Environmental Learning Center is located at 2342 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
August 8, 2024
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Animal Tracking

All ages are welcome to come to the Environmental Learning Center to learn about animal tracking. Which animal was here? Which way is it going? What tracks will we find in Iowa? We will cover these questions and more as we do some fun tracking activities.

If you plan on coming, please let us know by calling our office at (641)673-9327 or email decook@mahaskacountyia.gov.

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
August 22, 2024
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Turtle Races

Which box turtle is the fastest? Come out to the Environmental Learning Center to learn about the box turtles that live in the ELC. One of our favorite turtle activities is to put them to a challenge and let them race each other. So come out and cheer for your favorite turtle! Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the turtles. Come early so you can check out everything else in the Environmental Learning Center!

Let us know you plan on coming by calling us at (641)673-9327 or email decook@mahaskacountyia.gov.

Event Location

Environmental Learning Center, Caldwell Park
2342 Hwy. 92
Oskaloosa, IA
September 28, 2024
8:00am to 12:00pm

Youth Outdoor Field Day

This event is in the planning stages.  Check back for more information!

Event Location

Russell Wildlife Area
2254 - 200th St., New Sharon, IA 50207
Oskaloosa, IA
October 19, 2024

Halloween Bash at Eveland Access

This event is in the planning process.  Please check back for more information!

Event Location

Eveland Access Campgrounds
2890 Galeston Ave.
Oskaloosa, IA
October 26, 2024

BARK Ranger Costume Party & Talent Show

This event is being planned.  Check back for information!

Event Location

Eveland Access Campgrounds
2890 Galeston Ave.
Oskaloosa, IA