Grow Wild with your class!
Field Learning Experience
Extend your classroom to our 3000+ acres. Visit the Parks & Recreation page to see which of our many areas fit your needs. Fieldtrips can be scheduled year-round. Each season offers different lessons and experiences. Students will touch, see, smell and hear the lessons at one of our many outdoor classrooms, and start to gain Maka Ochante, a sense of place.
Nature in the Classroom
The goal of Dallas County Conservation experiential learning in the outdoors. However, because of the wonderful winters we have in Iowa, we can accommodate in-class programs during the winter season. Contact us to see how we can bring nature to you!
Programs for Community Groups
Attention libraries, senior centers, garden clubs, scout groups and other community groups! If you would like a naturalist to visit your organization with a fun, interactive, educational program, contact us!
Our experienced naturalists provide quality Environmental Education Programs by incorporating several interpretive techniques such as hands-on science, storytelling, humor, audience participation, live animals (specific programs) and artifacts. Choose one of our program topics or offer suggestions and we will work to develop a program that fits your organization's needs.
Outdoor nature programs celebrate the seasons year-round, designed with families in mind. From year to year we provide many of the same programs as well as new programs. Some examples of programs done each year are: Canoe Floats, Monarch Tagging, Night Hikes and Star Gazing. Check our Programs & Events to see what we have planned throughout the year.
Prairie Awakening: A Native American Celebration
"Come stand inside our stories and experience the memory of the land. This is a celebration of Maka Ochante, a Sense of Place."
We planted prairie seed, and the prairie came back. With the prairie came the birds, insects and mammals. One animal, however, was missing. This celebration invites that missing animal, humans, back into their native landscape to truly awaken something that has been asleep for so long.
This annual celebration is usually held the first Saturday after Labor Day in September. Each year features an array of traditional music, intertribal songs and dancing, traditional drumming and much more.