Birding Van Buren. Saturday, January 7: 10:00 a.m. Join birdwatching.com’s Diane Porter and naturalist Therese Cummiskey for some midwinter birding. We’ll head down into Van Buren searching for eagles along the Des Moines River, red-shouldered hawks and northern harriers near Mt. Sterling and horned larks on the backroads. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. E-mail email@example.com or call 472-4421.
Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars. Sunday, January 22nd 7:00 p.m. Join naturalist Therese Cummiskey for a early winter hike and bring along your binoculars to explore the night sky. Binoculars are an ideal “first telescope”, especially for the beginner. They make searching for an object in the sky much easier than using a typical “astronomical” telescope. Many objects in the sky are not small, they’re just faint, so with binoculars you can get a much better view of star clusters and nebulae, etc. Meets at the Jefferson County Park nature center. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Some extra binoculars will be available for use. Come dressed to be outdoors in winter weather!
Nature Quiz Show. Monday, January 23rd 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. For 2nd grade through 6th. There’s no school for the Fairfield School District on this Monday so join naturalist Therese Cummiskey as she tests your outdoor knowledge in a fun-filled Nature Quiz Show. You’ll be formed into teams and challenged to identify items and sounds from nature. It’s a fun way to show what you know plus learn some new things too. Takes place in the Jefferson County Park nature center. Pre-registration is required. Limit of 20 youth per session. No fee.
Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jefferson County Conservation Board offers a variety of outdoor-related programs each year. During the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, 3903 individuals took part in naturalist programs. The bulk of that number was school group related. (Every classroom in the Fairfield School District makes a trip to Jefferson County Park as part of their curriculum.) Teachers have an opportunity to take part in a field trip that can help expand what they are studying in the classroom and in the process give the kids a hands-on, in-touch-with-nature experience. To schedule a field trip for your classroom contact Therese by calling 641-472-4421 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Naturalist-led programs are also offered for the general public throughout the year. The programming varies from cultural history related programs such as basket making, maple syruping and the annual Dutch Oven Cook Off to outdoor recreation classes such as canoeing and kayaking. Natural history related programs make up the bulk of the naturalist-led programs for the public and might include an indoor class on pond management or outdoor hikes and trips to go wildlife watching, stargazing, or rock hunting. You can learn about upcoming programs by visiting this website, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list or by looking up Jefferson County Conservation on Facebook.
Church groups, clubs and other organizations interested in a naturalist-led hike or presentation can contact the naturalist by phone (472-4421) or e-mail. Currently there is no fee charged for these programs unless there are supplies involved (i.e. basket making); or if the naturalist has to travel out of county, mileage may be charged.