Award-winning naturalists create and present a variety of educational, yet entertaining, programs for schools as well as civic, youth and senior groups. Some events are open to the general public. Using games, activities, natural artifacts, and live animals, our programs help you explore and learn about nature in a fun and interactive way.
Other services include a quarterly newsletter, reference library and the Environmental Learning Center.
Speakers & Presentations
Is your group looking for a speaker on conservation topics? We can help! Our staff naturalists offer a variety of programs for all ages. Most programs have no charge and can be presented at one of our parks or at your regular meeting location.
The Muscatine County Conservation Board’s (MCCB) school programs range from fieldtrips at our parks and natural areas to classroom visits made by our naturalists. Children have fun while they become involved and learn about nature and all its fascinating inhabitants.
After School Programs
After school programs are provided for scouts and 4-H groups to help them meet badge requirements on environmental issues.
Raptors, Monarchs, and Reptiles & Amphibians are just a few things people learn about should they choose to attend one of our entertaining public programs which are offered on weekends or evenings.
People of all ages learn about nature and have a lot of fun when they participate in our wide array of special events. Special events include Annual Youth Fishing Seminar & Derby, Annual Halloween Hike, and more.
These popular camps often fill quickly so register soon. Children in summer nature camps explore plants, animals, and habitats through crafts, games and outdoor fun!
The Muscatine County Conservation Board staff assists the Iowa DNR with several classes each year in Muscatine County. Participants learn about firearm safety, hunting rules and regulations, ethics, and wildlife identification. Students must complete this ten-hour course to be eligible for an Iowa hunting license.
Hundreds of environmental education reference materials are available for loan to teachers, scout and youth group leaders, and other interested parties. Call or visit the Environmental Learning Center to see what’s available.
Environmental Learning Center
The Environmental Learning Center, located at Discovery Park in Muscatine, is a popular destination for school groups in the spring and fall. In addition to the school groups who go through the nature center each year the building is also open to the general public. The center is home to displays, interactive exhibits, and live animals found in Iowa.