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November 2019

The Great Swiss Gnome Hunt

November 29 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Choose to Opt Outside on Black Friday this year! Bring the entire family to join in the fun of finding all the gnomes hiding along the trail of Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. Search high and low and find them all! We will be releasing clues as to the gnomes locations closer to the event. Be the first to find the Golden Gnome and win a special prize!

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December 2019

Tree Ring Printing

December 8 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Capture the history of a tree by using a printmaking technique. Cross sections of trees make for a unique print, frame it and hang it or give it as a Christmas gift. Participants will use ink and paint to capture the growth rings of the tree.  

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Deck the Halls for Wildlife

December 14 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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While you are decking the halls this Christmas don’t forget about wildlife! We will have several projects available to help decorate your trees and yard for our feathered friends! Please RSVP to 563-556-6745.  

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Kids in Nature: Bird Beak Buffet

December 19 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Everything has got to eat! Most birds have specially designed beaks depending on what they eat. Come and learn about bird beaks! Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP  

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Candlelight Night Hike

December 21 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come and discover the wonders of the winter nighttime forest on a self led hike through the preserve. The trail will be lit by candles. Pull on all your winter gear and join us!  

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Winter Plunge Camp

December 27 @ 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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$20

Plunge into winter break by exploring the great outdoors. Kids will learn about outdoor survival skills, snowshoeing, and more! Bring your snow pants, snow boots and warm clothes. Bring sack lunch and water bottle. Register here

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January 2020

Discover Your Park: Bowstring Wildlife Area

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bowstring Wildlife Area, 727 Creek Branch Lane
Bernard, IA 52032
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Explore Dubuque County with the Discover Your Park Winter Series. For this program we will be heading to Bowstring Wildlife Area. Check out the rare bowstring style bridge and snowshoe or hike the property! Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP.  

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Exploring Owl Puke!

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Owls have a unique digestive system. Find out how it works and what they eat. You will also get a chance to dissect your very own owl pellet! Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP.  

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Stars & S’mores

January 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Discover the night sky! If it a clear night we will have the scopes out to look at objects in the night sky and point out constellations to look for this time of year. We will also have a campfire and s’more available. Program will only happen if it’s a clear night. Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP.  

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Kids in Nature: Snow Fun

January 16, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Bundle the Kids up in their winter gear and be prepared to go out and have some fun in the snow! We will play and look for signs of animals in the winter wonderland of the preserve. Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP.  

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Snow Painting

January 19, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Make your own winter creation by painting in the snow! Make your mark by enjoying some creative outdoor time this winter. Call 563-556-6745 to RSVP.  

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Winter Open House

January 20, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road
Peosta, IA 52068 United States
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Take advantage of no school this Martin Luther King Day in Dubuque by coming out to the nature center to enjoy the best of winter recreation at Swiss Valley Nature Center. We will have snowshoes, cross country skis and kick sleds available on a first come first serve basis. Warm up inside with some hot chocolate.

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