Educational Programming

Tama County Conservation offers a wide variety of fun, naturalist-led programming including crafts, educational talks, animal encounters, guided hikes, fishing, canoeing, archery, and more.

Upcoming Events

Postings of public events can be found on the Tama County Events Calendar or via the Tama County Conservation Facebook page.

Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls Programs: Presentations intended for seniors and adults. See below for more information.

OWLS program poster

Summer Camps are for kids entering grades 2-8. Contact to register.

Summer camp program poster

Programming & Events

Tama County Conservation offers a wide variety of fun educational programming including crafts, educational talks, animal encounters, guided hikes, fishing, canoeing, archery, and more. We will gladly work with schools, childcare centers, homeschool groups, clubs, organizations, businesses, wedding parties, and other groups to provide fun educational experiences. Any group is eligible for free programming, even if you're not part of an organization!

If you would like to arrange a program or learn more, please email Park Naturalist Raina Genaw at or call 641-484-2231. A non-comprehensive list of program offerings can be found here.

Junior Naturalist Program

The Iowa Junior Naturalist Program promotes awareness of natural and cultural resources of Iowa by rewarding children for engaging in educational programming and self-directed activities. Ran through the Iowa Association of Naturalists, this program is offered state-wide each calendar year for children ages 6 to 18. Children who choose to participate in this program must attend three different programs and complete two independent activities in a 12-month period for a reward.

Programs may include guided hikes, birdwatching events, library story times, or any other public nature-related program. Tama County Conservation currently offers monthly story times at the Toledo Library, homeschool programs at Otter Creek Lake, and a wide range of summer camps that would help to fulfill this requirement. Nature-related programs through 4-H, local libraries, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, museums, and more may be used to satisfy this requirement. Independent activities may include camping, hiking, reading an educational book, fishing, watching a documentary, or any other nature-related activity. For participant 13-18 years old, one of these activities must be a formal volunteer commitment totaling 1 or more hours.

Participants must record their completion of programs and activities and describe what they learned using a report form. When all requirements are completed, participants will receive an official Iowa Junior Naturalist patch or sticker and certificate of achievement. Report forms are available at the Tama County Nature Center. Please email Naturalist Raina at with any questions.

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