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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July 2019

Archery 101

July 18 @ 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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Adult Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

July 24 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on August 7, 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 adult participants to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking! We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water. Event will take place at the Manchester Whitewater Park but we will meet at the Swiss Valley Nature Center go from there. Cost $50/person. Register here      

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Building a More Flood Resilient Iowa

July 28 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Flood control and mitigation are expensive but reacting to disasters after they occur is even more costly—in dollars, lost economic potential, and human suffering. This presentation will put the significance of Iowa’s flooding problem in perspective and raise awareness of the need to continue working together to improve our flood resilience. Participants will learn about the IFC developed Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) online tool that provides real-time flood alerts and forecasts to more than 1,000 communities, supports a growing…

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Brownies Badge Day

July 30 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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$15

Earn your Hiking and Bugs badge in one day! Join the Naturalists at Swiss Valley Nature Center to become a skillful hiker. Find out how to navigate the treacherous trails at Swiss Valley Nature Center. Then continue your adventure with Iowa State Extension and Outreach and explore creepy, crawling insects. Cost $15 /scout. Register here

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August 2019

Public Paddle: Mines of Spain to Massey Marina

August 5 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$5

Paddle from the Catfish Creek canoe launch at Mines of Spain down the Mighty Mississippi. Meet at the Mines of Spain canoe launch. No charge if bringing own equipment, $5 for boat rental. Participants must register either way. Register here  

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Adult Whitewater Kayaking Clinic

August 7 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on August 7, 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 adult participants to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking! We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water. Event will take place at the Manchester Whitewater Park but we will meet at the Swiss Valley Nature Center go from there. Cost $50/person. Register here      

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Picnic in the Park

August 8 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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OWLS: Archaeology Paddling Trip

August 9 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Enjoy a day paddling the Maquoketa River while learning about the area’s archaeology! Guides include County Naturalists and Brennan Dolan, Archaeologist with the Iowa DOT. Limited number of boats available, call 563-556-6745 to register. Meet at Canton boat access.

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Sand Castle Building Clinic

August 10 @ 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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Disc Golf Clinic

August 24 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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One event on August 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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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