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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.