All programs are subject to weather conditions. Interested participants should contact Swiss Valley Nature Center at (563) 556-6745.

REMEMBER: Snowshoes and Park Packs are available at no cost.


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June 2019

Archery 101

June 20 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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One event on July 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Come try the challenge of shooting a bow and arrow. Staff will give instruction on shooting technique and safety. The bows we will be using are compound bows suitable for different sizes and strengths of archers. We will leave plenty of time to practice! Who knows, maybe you will become the next Legolas or Katniss! All necessary equipment provided. June 20th event is at Swiss Valley Nature Center. July 18th event is at Swiss Valley Park at the Green Ash…

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Voyageur Canoeing

June 21 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mud Lake Park, 22312 Golf Lake Rd
Dubuque, IA United States
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$5

Voyager canoes are 29 foot long canoes that were once used to explore and transport goods along the Mississippi River. Go back in time and see what it was like to paddle these vessels. Session 1: 5:00-6:00pm Session 2: 6:00-7:00pm Cost is $5/person. Register here  

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Becoming an Outdoor Woman Summer Retreat

June 22 - June 23
Mud Lake Park, 22312 Golf Lake Road
Dubuque, IA 52001 United States
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Come immerse yourself in outdoor adventure with like-minded women of the wild! This overnight experience will introduce you to new skills including hiking, fishing, voyageur canoeing, fire starting, outdoor cooking, yoga, biking and more! Participants must provide their own camp gear (limited amount of gear available for use if you don't have your own.) Participants will receive a recommended packing list prior to the trip. Cost $35/person. Register here

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Youth Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

June 26 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on July 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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$50

This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce youth participants to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking! We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water. Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our instructors will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce them to wet exits, where they will learn to become comfortable upside down in the water and safely exit their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa…

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Picnic in the Park

June 27 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on July 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

One event on August 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Swiss Valley Park – Walnut Pavillon, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Pack a lunch and join a naturalist as we learn about an exciting nature topic. We will do hands on activities including playing games and exploration. Dress to play! Good for all ages. Call 563-556-6745 to register.

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July 2019

Public Paddle: Whitewater Creek

July 8 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fillmore Fairways, 21655 US-151
Cascade, IA United States
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$5

Paddle down a beautiful stretch of creek through Whitewater Canyon. This paddle will be highly dependent on creek flow and may be moved if there is not sufficient water depth. Meet at Fillmore Fairways. No charge if bringing own equipment, boat rental $5. Participants must register either way.  Register here  

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Youth Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

July 10 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on July 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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$50

This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce youth participants to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking! We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water. Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our instructors will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce them to wet exits, where they will learn to become comfortable upside down in the water and safely exit their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa…

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Picnic in the Park

July 11 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on July 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

One event on August 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Swiss Valley Park – Walnut Pavillon, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Pack a lunch and join a naturalist as we learn about an exciting nature topic. We will do hands on activities including playing games and exploration. Dress to play! Good for all ages. Call 563-556-6745 to register.

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Disc Golf Clinic

July 13 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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One event on July 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM

One event on August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Learn what disc golf is all about with the Dubuque Disc Golf Club. They will cover the basics of disc golf, throwing techniques and the history of the sport! June 9th and July 13th events will be held at Swiss Valley Park. August 24th event will be held at New Wine Park.  

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Sand Castle Building Clinic

July 14 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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One event on August 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Finley’s Landing, 24709 Finley's Landing Road
Sherill, IA United States
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Celebrate summer with us and come sculpt your very own masterpiece in the sand! We will be using simple tools you can find around the house and building elaborate beach creations. We will show you the ideal sand to water ratio, tool technique, and how to create tall and stable sandcastles. No art experience necessary. We will make it as easygoing or as challenging as you'd like, for both kids and adults to enjoy. Sculpting like a pro is not…

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