Upcoming Events

July 28
Evening Fossil Dig
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Friday, July 28

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Russell Wildlife Area

 

Bring your family out to the Russell Wildlife Area and take a hike with the naturalist to search for fossils of plants and animals that scientists believe lived in a shallow sea across Iowa nearly 300 million years ago.  You will find fossils such as crinoids, brachiopods and even bryozoans.  Be sure to bring a flashlight, wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty! This event is for all ages.  Please sign up for this program by calling MCCB at (641)673-9327.  Registration deadline is July 27th.

August 1
Fishing 102 - After the Catch
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Tuesday, August 1

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Russell Wildlife Area

 

Let’s catch and eat some fish on this day!  We will start off this program at the conservation center with a fish fry and sample some fish.  Then, we will go to a pond in the park to go fishing.  Participants will learn how to take the fish off the hook and learn what to do next – release or fillet it.  Please sign up for this program by calling MCCB at (641)673-9327.  Registration deadline is July 31st.

August 4
Bowfishing Basics
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Friday, August 4

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Russell Wildlife Area, Pond 1

 

Bowfishing is a popular sport right now.  It allows you to combine your love for archery and fishing.  Participants will learn how to shoot a bow, reel in fish, what kinds of fish to shoot and how to identify them.  Participants will be able to practice shooting at water targets. All bowfishing equipment will be provided.  Please sign up for this program by calling MCCB at (641)673-9327.  Registration deadline is August 3rd.

August 11
What's the Great American Eclipse?
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Friday, August 11

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Russell Wildlife Area

 

The media is all a buzz about the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st.  What is all the hype?  It will be a special solar event for the United States and no other country in the world!  Come on out to the conservation center and learn all about it.  This program is for all ages and no pre-registration is needed.

August 15
Reptile Round-up
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Tuesday, August 15

10:00 – 11:00 am

Russell Wildlife Area

 

Bring your kids and friends out to the conservation center to see some common reptiles of Iowa.  Some snakes, turtles and a gecko will be featured in some fun and interactive activities.  Don’t miss this program!  This program is for all ages and no pre-registration is needed.

August 17
I-Spy Trail Hike
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Thursday, August 17

10:00 am - Noon

Russell Wildlife Area

 

I-spy books are a lot of fun for all ages…how about taking it outdoors?  Come out to the Russell Wildlife Area and take a hike down a trail to find hidden objects.  Some won’t be easy to find! While on the trail, take a “selfie” of you and the most challenging object.  It will be posted on MCCB’s Facebook page.  Participants that find every hidden object on the trail will receive a prize!  Please pre-register by calling MCCB at (641)673-9327.

August 19
Canoe & Kayak River Float
Eveland Access

Saturday, August 19

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Eveland Access to

Hardfish Access

 

Join MCCB on a canoe and kayak float down the Des Moines River.  We will launch from Eveland Access at 9:00 am and arrive at Hardfish Access by 3:00 pm.  There is no cost for this event and MCCB has a limited number of canoes and kayaks available.  Participants may bring their own lunch and canoe or kayak.  Participants will need to make arrangements to shuttle themselves between the put in and take out locationsPre-registration is required!  Call MCCB at (641)673-9327 to register and to receive complete details for the float.  Please Note:  Canoe Float will be dependent upon weather and river conditions.

August 21
Solar Eclipse Day Camp
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Monday, August 21

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Russell Wildlife Area

For kids ages 9-12

$10.00 per child

On August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States.  In Iowa, people will be able to experience a partial eclipse with more than 90% of the sun in the moon’s shadow.  Thanks to a partnership with the Iowa Space Consortium and the Iowa 4-H program kids will learn how eclipses work, make an eclipse viewer, view the solar eclipse, and learn about sun safety.  Snacks will be provided, please bring a sack lunch.  Pre-registration is required!  Call MCCB at (641)673-9327 to sign up.

September 2
Moonlight Movie Night at Eveland Access Campgrounds
Eveland Access

Saturday, September 2

8:30 p.m. (at dark)

Eveland Access Campgrounds

Want to do something fun with the whole family on Labor Day weekend? Campers, campground visitors and the public are welcome to come out and watch a FREE movie at the Eveland Access Campground. A family-oriented movie will begin at dark. Bring your family, a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show.   FREE popcorn will be available! Eveland Access is located at 2890 Galeston Ave. which is 4 miles south of Beacon, IA on Highway T39.

September 10
Mammoth 5K Adventure Run
Russell Wildlife Area

Sunday, September 10

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Russell Wildlife Area

 

Get ready to get muddy as you take your running shoes through the backwoods of an adventure course at the Russell Wildlife Area!  This event is open to all ages. 

           

Age Divisions:               Schedule:

12 & Under                     2:00 pm   Opening Ceremony

13 – 19 years old                            Race

20 – 29 years old                            On-going Family    Activities

30 – 39 years old            

40 + years old                 3:30 pm   Awards Ceremony

 

Race participants should register by Friday, August 25th.  Registration fee for runners is $20.00 per person and includes a t-shirt.  Payment can be made via PayPal at Friends of Mahaska County Conservation or by check.  For more information or to print the registration form, go on Facebook at Friends of Mahaska County Conservation or visit the website http://friendsmahaskacc.weebly.com.

 

Event proceeds will benefit the mammoth fossil displays in the new Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center at Caldwell Park and MCCB environmental education programs.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Mahaska County Conservation.

September 30
14th Annual Youth Outdoor Field Day
Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area

Saturday, September 30

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Russell Wildlife Area

Note:  A registration form for this event is located in the rotating header at the top of the home page.

Join MCCB, local conservation groups and community organizations for a whole day of hands-on outdoor activities for kids!  The sessions held this year will include:

     Fishing                                 Archery                 

    Outdoor Survival                   Dutch Oven Cooking

    Bowfishing                            Water Safety

    Tree Identification                 Zip Lining

    .22 Rifle Shooting                 BB Gun Shooting

     First Aid                                Shotgunning

     Retriever Dog Demonstrations AND MORE!

 

Pre-register by September 15th!

$5.00 per child if registered by Sept. 15

·        Early registrations include a child’s t-shirt & lunch and 1 adult lunch.  Additional lunches will be $5.00 each.  Additional t-shirts will be $10.00 each.

·        You will receive a meal ticket at the event to present at the lunch line.

 

$10.00 per child if registration is received after Sept. 15 or on the day of event

·        Late registrations do not include a t-shirt and lunch.

Parents are encouraged to stay for the day.  A registration form can soon be found online at www.mahaskaconservation.comFor questions, call MCCB at (641)673-9327.