MCCB Upcoming Events

Just for Kids - see our programs that are geared for kids only!

Download 2017 camp registration form

For more information or to register for programs listed here call (563) 264-5922 or email conservation@co.muscatine.ia.us

Pond Creatures

Saturday, April 29, 1:30 pm

Environmental Learning Center & Discovery Park

Family event, children must be accompanied by an adult

Free

Come and see what lives in a pond. We値l visit a pond and look for creatures who live there using pond nets and observation containers. Bring a pond net if you have one.

 

Milkweed Seedballs

Sunday, May 7, 1:30 pm

Environmental Learning Center

Family event

Free, but preregistration requested at 563-264-5922

Join members from Milkweed Matters and Muscatine Pollinator Project to make milkweed seedballs for RAGBRAI 2017. Riders will toss the seedballs across Iowa spreading milkweed for Monarch butterflies.

 

37th Annual Kids Fishing Seminar

Saturday, June 3, 9:00-10:45 am

Discovery Pond in Discovery Park

Geared toward K-5th graders, but all ages welcome

Free, but preregistration requested, registration forms available beginning May 15

Come learn the basics of fishing. This annual event is geared toward elementary-aged kids, but all ages are welcome. The first 75 kids in K-5th grades who preregister and attend the seminar will receive a T-shirt. All participants will receive tackle packets and be eligible for door prizes.

10th Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am-12:00 noon

Discovery Pond in Discovery Park

Geared toward K-5th graders, but all ages welcome

Free, registration opens immediately after the Fishing Seminar

Come to the Kids Fishing Seminar first, then put your newfound fishing knowledge to use and participate in the Fishing Derby. Prizes will be awarded in several categories and age groups.

 

Just for Kids

For more information about the programs below,or to register, call (563) 264-5922 or email conservation@co.muscatine.ia.us

Summer Nature Camps - General Information

  • Pre-registration is required. Download 2017 Summer Camp Registration Form
  • All camps must have a minimum of 8 participants to be held
  • Optional Nature Camp T-shirts are available for $7 if registration is received by May 19
  • No refunds are given unless the camp is cancelled
  • Wear old clothes that can get wet and muddy
  • Wear old shoes that can get wet and muddy - NO FLIP FLOPS - old sneakers work the best.

What camps can my child attend?

  18 mo-3 yrs 4-5 yrs Just completed grade:
K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Polliwog (spring) x                    
Knee-High (spring)   x                  
Polliwog (summer) x                    
Knee-High (summer)   x                  
Chipmunk Camp 1     x x              
Chipmunk Camp 2     x x              
Chipmunk Camp 3     x x              
Kestrel Camp 1         x x          
Kestrel Camp 2         x x          
Kestrel Camp 3         x x          
Otter Camp 1             x x      
Outdoor Skills               x x x x
Wild Art     x x x x          
Green Thumbers     x x x x          
Polliwog Playtime - Spring
For ages:  18 months thru 3 years, accompanied by an adult
Fee: $5/session, pre-registration required;
Download registration form
Max/session: 12
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Date(s):  
  Thurs, March 9, 2017, 9:00-10:00 am  
  Thurs, April 13, 2017, 9:00-10:00 am  
Join us at the Environmental Learning Center for activities designed to help toddlers explore nature.
Knee-High Naturalists - Spring
For ages:  4-6 year olds, accompanied by an adult
Fee: $5/session, pre-registration required
Download registration form
Max/session: 12
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Date(s)  
  Sat, March 11, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am  
  Sat, April 8, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am  

Join us at the Environmental Learning Center for nature activities such as nature exploration, games, stories, and crafts.

Polliwog Playtime (Summer)
For ages:  18 months thru 3 years, accompanied by an adult
Fee: $5/session; optional T-shirt - $7
Max/session: 10
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Date(s):  
Mon, June 5 9:00-10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am  
Mon, June 19 9:00-10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am  
Mon, July 10 9:00-10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am  
Mon, July 24 9:00-10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am  
Mon, Aug 7 9:00-10:00 am 10:30 - 11:30 am  
Join us at the Environmental Learning Center for activities designed to help toddlers explore nature.
Knee-High Naturalists (Summer)
For ages:  4-5 year olds, accompanied by an adult
Fee: $5/session; optional t-shirt $7
Max/session: 10
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Date(s)  
Mon, June 12 9:00-10:30 am 10:30 - Noon  
Mon, June 26 9:00-10:30 am 10:30 - Noon  
Mon, July 17 9:00-10:30 am 10:30 - Noon  
Mon, July 31 9:00-10:30 am
10:30 - Noon  
Mon, Aug 14 9:00-10:30 am 10:30 - Noon  

Join us at the Environmental Learning Center for nature activities such as nature exploration, games, stories, and crafts.

Chipmunk Camp 1
For ages:  just completed kindergarten or 1st grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: June 6, 7, 8
Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center
We値l explore Discovery Park, Wildcat Den, and Mad Creek/Riverfront. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.
Chipmunk Camp 2
For ages:  just completed kindergarten or 1st grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: July 18, 19, 20
Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center
We値l explore Saulsbury, Deep Lakes Park, and Fuller Park. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.

Chipmunk Camp 3

For ages:  just completed kindergarten or 1st grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3
Time: 9:00-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center

We値l explore Mad Creek/Riverfront, Wildcat Den, and Saulsbury. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.

Kestrel Camp 1 
For ages:  just completed 2nd or 3rd grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: June 27, 28, 29
Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center
We値l explore Wildcat Den, Deep Lakes Park, and Mad Creek/Riverfront. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.
Kestrel Camp 2 
For ages:  just completed 2nd or 3rd grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: July 25, 26, 27
Time: 9:00-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center

We値l explore Saulsbury, Discovery & Fuller Parks, and Wildcat Den. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.

Kestrel Camp 3 
For ages:  just completed 2nd or 3rd grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: Aug 8, 9, 10
Time: 9:00-Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center

We値l explore Deep Lakes Park, Mad Creek, and Saulsbury. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.

Otter Camp  
For ages:  just completed 4th or 5th grade
Fee: $30; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Dates: July 11, 12, 13
Time: 9:00 - Noon
Location: Environmental Learning Center
We値l explore Saulsbury, Deep Lakes Park, and Wildcat Den. Activities may include outdoor exploration, hiking, fishing, paddling, creek stomping, games, crafts, and more.
Outdoor Skills  
For ages:  just completed 5th-8th grades
Fee: $10/session; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16 (kayak programs are max of 10/session)
Location: meet at Environmental Learning Center except Shelter & Fire Building which meets at Saulsbury Lodge.
Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Date/Topic: Kayak Lake Odessa, June 9, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Shelter & Fire Building, June 30, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Creek Investigation Wildcat Den, July 7, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Geocaching, July 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Archery & Atl Atls, Aug 11, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Kayak Deep Lakes Park, Aug 16, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Come experience a variety of outdoor skills and recreation opportunities. Sign up for one or more sessions. Pre-registration required!

Wild Art
For ages:  Depends on the session - see below
Fee: $10/session; pre-reg required; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Date/Age Group: Tues, June 13, Just completed K or 1st grade
Wed, June 14, Just completed 2nd or 3rd grade

We値l use a variety of natural materials to create beautiful and interesting art work. For this camp skills are great, but creativity will rule the afternoon!

Green Thumbers
For ages:  Depends on the session - see below
Fee: $10/session; pre-reg required; optional t-shirt $7
Max/class: 16
Location: Environmental Learning Center
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Date/Age Group: Thurs, June 15, Just completed K or 1st grade
Fri, June 16, Just completed 2nd or 3rd grade

We will introduce kids to gardening! We値l cover the basics of proper planting and care for the plants afterward. Participants will bring home potted plants as well as plants to transplant at home.