EE Update: Spring 2019
Hours of operation:
Spring has finally sprung at Starr’s Cave Nature Center. Field trips are in full swing at the park; we are starting to see busloads of students nearly every day.
On that note, as we transition into our spring and summer programs, we would like to remind everyone of the Nature Center’s hours of operations. Due to a busy schedule of programs, field trips, and summer camps, Starr’s Cave Nature Center is open by appointment only Monday through Friday. However, we are now open on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from Noon to 4:00 pm. And as always, if you are visiting during the week and the sign says “open,” feel free to stop in and say hello!
Registration for summer camps at Starr’s Cave Nature Center is set to go live Tuesday April 30th at midnight. Live links will be posted on the Starr’s Cave Nature Center and Des Moines County Conservation Facebook pages. The live link will also be posted on the Des Moines County Conservation web site. For best results use an updated Google Chrome or Safari as your web browser.
This year we would like to highlight our trailblazers camp for students ages 13-15. This is a 4 day off site camp with two overnights camping in Yellow River State Forest. Campers will explore both Yellow River State Forest and Effigy Mounds National Monument. We will spend a day in orientation reviewing equipment, safety, and team building in preparation for a two day back county camping experience in one of Iowa’s most pristine forests. Campers will explore, fish, forage, and have fun. Students will learn about natural and human history while acquiring valuable outdoor-living and safety skills. Campers will learn to work together to accomplish goals and challenges, building confidence and trust, both in themselves and in others.
Starr’s Cave Nature Center camps address the growing need to introduce and engage today’s youth in the natural world. Camps are designed to be fun and active and to provide high quality environmental learning experiences through games, crafts, stories, and in-depth nature exploration. Kids love coming to our camps and look forward to them each summer. Parents love our camps too because they know their kids are having fun AND are learning at the same time!
A limited number of scholarships are available. If the camp fees are a financial hardship, please call (319) 753-5808 to inquire about assistance.
Most camps need one parent volunteer to help our EE staff. If you would like to volunteer for a week of camp contact Starr’s Cave Nature Center (319) 753-5808. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation meeting. Volunteers are also expected to pass a background check and sigh a Volunteer conduct policy.
Camp activities can be designed to accommodate children of different abilities; please let us know any special needs when you register.
Refunds will be given for cancellations made one full week before the start of the camp. Cancellations made less than a week before camp starts will not receive a refund (with the exception of medical emergencies). Any days canceled due to inclement weather will be refunded.
SCNC CAMP DESCRIPTIONS
Ages 3-4; 9:30-11:30 AM, 2 days with adult accompaniment. $20.00
Ages 5-6; 9-noon, 4 days. $40.00
Ages 7-9; 9-noon, 5 days. $50.00
Ages 7-9; Night camp; 7-10 pm, 4 nights. $40.00
DARK WINGS CAMP
Ages 10-13; Night camp; 7-10 pm; 4 nights. $40.00
Ages 10-13; 9-noon, 5 days. $50.00
Ages 13-15; all-day off-site camp; 4 days with two overnights. $150.00
SCNC 2019 SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE
Discovery 1, June 10-14
For more information, visit the Nature Center page HERE.
Park Spotlight: 4th Pumping Station
The 4th Pumping Plant Recreation Area north of Burlington is a popular destination for picnickers, boaters, RVers, tent campers, and boaters. The park is located along the Mississippi River and offers a total of 46 campsites. Of these campsites, 22 have electricity. Amenities at the 4th Pumping Plant include a central water supply, a central RV dump station, a shelter house, three outhouses, and a playground. A boat ramp and dock with fish cleaning station provide boating and fishing access to the backwater lake. In addition to lake fishing, anglers can also fish off the banks of the Mississippi.
For more information / directions, visit the 4th Pumping Station page HERE.
May 3Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an international program aimed primarily at women, but is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits. Check out the BOW Brochure for more information!
May 4-5Burlington HS Dragon Boats
May 112019 Outdoor Youth Jamboree
Register at https://register-ed.com/events/view/140968
Instructor-led shooting sports (shotgun, rifle, air rifle and archery), fishing, fully guided boat tours of Big Hollow lake, prizes, giveaways, and a FREE LUNCH!
May 17-18Buy Two Nights, Get a Voucher
Pay for Friday & Saturday night in any Des Moines County campground (Big Hollow, 4th Pumping Station or Welter), get a voucher for a free night to use any time later. Applies only to electric sites.
Witte Observatory will be open Friday night.