2021Summer Day Camps and Summer Camp Take Home Kits

Summer Day Camps

 

In the summer we offer nature day camps for different age groups. Day campers spend their days exploring the habitats of Iowa County, trying out exciting outdoor activities, discovering nature, and having fun! See a list of this summers offerings below.

Summer day camps are limited to 10 campers, and all COVID-19 health and safety measures will be in place.

Pre-registration is required at this website https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Iowa/Events.aspx

To complete registration a ICCB Summer Camp Health Emergency Contact Covid-19 Disclaimer Form must be completed and turned in to mbulger@co.iowa.ia.us  The form can be found on the registration website page.

Once all materials and payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information and details about camp.

Email mbulger@co.iowa.ia.us with any questions.

 

Summer Camp Topic and Age Group Date Time Location
Nocturnal Animals – Storytime (3-4 yrs old w/ adult) Summer Day Camp 6/8/2021 7-8p Shelter#5 at Lake Iowa Park
Nocturnal Animals – Jr. Naturalist (9-13 yr olds) Summer Day Camp 6/10/2021 7-10p Shelter#5 at Lake Iowa Park
Nocturnal Animals – Nestling (5-6 yr olds) Summer Day Camp 6/15/2021 7-9p Shelter#5 at Lake Iowa Park
Nocturnal Animals – Fledgling (7-8 yr olds) Summer Day Camp 6/17/2021 7-10p Shelter#5 at Lake Iowa Park
Aquatic Habitats and Animals – Storytime(3-4 yrs old w/ adult) Summer Day Camp 7/13/2021 9-10a North Shelter at Gateway Park
Aquatic Habitats and Recreation-Jr. Naturalist(9-13 yr olds)Summer Day Camp 7/15/2021 9a-Noon Shop Building at Gateway Park
Aquatic Habitats and Animals – Nestling (5-6 year olds) Summer Day Camp 7/20/2021 9-11a North Shelter at Gateway Park
Aquatic Habitats and Animals – Fledgling (7-8 year olds) Summer Day Camp 7/22/2021 9a-Noon North Shelter at Gateway Park

Summer Camp Take Home Kits

 

Iowa County Conservation will be offering Summer Camp Take Home Kits this summer. All kits will be FREE, and made possible by the Friends of Iowa County Conservation Foundation!

We have put together some fun activities with take home kits so you can learn about and explore nature! Each week we will have different topics for the following age groups: Storytime (3-4 years old), Nestling (5-6 years old), Fledgling 7-9 (years old), and Jr. Naturalist (10-13 years old).

Kits will be distributed at Lake Iowa Park every Monday from 9a to Noon. Virtual resources and videos will also be sent by email for the topics as part of the summer camp kits.

Summer Camp take home kits are limited to 20 campers, and Pre-registration is Required. Pre-registration for summer camp take home kits will open on April 12th on this website. https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Iowa/Events.aspx

You will receive a confirmation email if the kits are still available with additional information about the kit pick up times and location. Email mbulger@co.iowa.ia.us with any questions.

 

Take Home Kit Topic and Age Groups Pick-up Date Time Location
Nocturnal Animals – Storytime (3-4 yr olds) and Jr. Naturalist (9-13 yr olds) 6/7/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Nocturnal Animals – Nestling (5-6 yr olds) and Fledgling (7-8 yr olds) 6/14/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Animal Tracking – Storytime (3-4 yr olds) and Jr Naturalsit (9-13 yr olds) 6/21/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Animal Tracking – Nestling (5-6 yr olds) and Fledgling (7-8 yr olds) 6/28/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Aquatic Habitats and Animals-Storytime (3-4 yr olds) and Jr Naturalist (9-13 yr olds) 7/7/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Aquatic Habitats and Animals – Nestling(5-6 yr olds) and Fledgling(7-8 yr olds) 7/12/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Nature Art/Journaling – Storytime(3-4 yr olds) and Jr Naturalist (9-13 yr olds) 7/19/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park
Nature Art/Journaling – Nestling (5-6 yr olds) and Fledgling (7-8 yr olds) 7/26/2021 9a-12p Lake Iowa Park

Floristic Inventory of Lake Iowa Park

Floristic Inventory for Lake Iowa Park

Lake Iowa park, managed by Iowa County Conservation (ICC), has acres of beautiful restored prairie, but it also has areas that could be true remnants, areas that were never cropped or disturbed. ICC obtained a grant from the Iowa Native Plant Society (INPS) to find out if there are any remnant areas left at Lake Iowa Park and how to best manage them. This information will create a baseline for data collection and help ICC create a management plan to help these remnant areas survive for generations.
Dr. Thomas Rosburg was chosen to complete the floristic inventory with a background including a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, masters in plant ecology and bachelor of science in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University. With his impressive resume and wealth of knowledge we were very pleased when he agreed to the survey, and with the monetary help of the INPS grant, ICC was able to afford the project.
Iowa County staff created a map that highlighted the areas most likely to have true remnant prairies. These areas were selected using GIS software, aerial imagery, and descriptions of Lake Iowa Park from previous staff members. Using this information, ten areas, 57 acres in total, were selected for study. Dr. Rosburg performed meandering plant surveys on June 5th, July 12th, and September 8th of 2019 to better capture the different growing seasons. He observed 245 different vascular plant species, including many native species.
Dr. Rosburg lays out evidence in his report that Lake Iowa Park may have remnant prairie, which is very exciting and encouraging news. His report includes how to manage these remnant areas. The most pressing issue is the encroachment of invasive species. Dr. Rosberg suggests using multiple stressors against the invasive species at the proper timing. Iowa County Conservation will put areas containing potential remnants at the top of the list when developing the management plan and deciding where to start fighting back against the invasive species that have taken hold in our areas.
We are very excited to see some unusual species and very pleased to know that we have remnant prairies still in Iowa County, Iowa, a place that has been so changed from the original landscape. Thank you very much for the hard work from Dr. Rosburg. Thank you to the Iowa Native Plant Society for making this project possible.

 

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Link to Dr. Rosburg’s full report: https://iowacountyconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FinalReportLakeIowaPark_Rosburg2020-1.pdf

Iowa Nature Notes: Your LINC to the Outdoors

Our Iowa County Conservation Podcast Iowa Nature Notes: Your LINC to the Outdoors is ready for your listening pleasure on https://castbox.fm/.

If you are not the most tech savvy person, a podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device. It is similar to a radio show but you get to pick when you hear podcasts and you handpick the topics you like. There is an endless list of genres and topics for everyone.

Castbox.fm is just one of many apps that can be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet and is where you can subscribe to the Iowa Nature Notes: Your LINC to the Outdoors podcast. You can also just open the Castbox website on your computer and click on the Listen tab on the top right corner of the home page. Each month our staff will release a segment on a new topic relating to conservation and the great outdoors.

We have tackled 8 subjects to date covering topics ranging from animals such as owls and bobcats to natural phenomenon like bioluminescence. We’ve also touched on homesteading skills such as beekeeping and maple sugaring.

We are excited about the vast array of topics we can cover. We hope you learn something new every time you listen and find a new thing about nature to love and explore.

 

If you have a question or topic for us to tackle email us at iowacountyconservation@gmail.com.

 

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught”-Babe Dioum