Buena Vista Co. Conservation events – Storm Lake Times Pilot

Naturalist Lunch Box: Birds of Prey

Naturalist Lunch Box is held at noon on select Fridays in the summer at South Cove Park. Pack a lunch and join the fun! Naturalist Lunch Box is designed for all ages.

Friday, July 12, at 12 p.m. will be the fifth Naturalist Lunchbox program of the year. The topic for this week is birds of prey. The naturalist will discuss the lives of these fascinating birds and bring along a live education raptor too. The naturalist will be releasing a live rehabilitated raptor too!

South Cove Park is located along the south shore of Storm Lake at 125 Stoney Point Road, Storm Lake. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 10, at 4 p.m. by calling 712-295-7985. This program may be canceled due to lack of participants or inclement weather.

Astronomy Night

The Buena Vista County Conservation Board and Sanford Museum are partnering to offer Astronomy Night.  Spend an evening under the moon and stars. The night will begin by identifying the constellations, followed by using telescopes to observe the moon and planets.

The program will be held at Buena Vista County Conservation Park in the South Shelter Area on Friday, July 12, at 9:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided. Feel free to bring a blanket and/or chairs to view the stars. If you plan on attending, please let the naturalist know by Wednesday, July 10, by calling 712-295-7985. Buena Vista County Conservation Park is located at 377 440th St., Peterson.

This program may be canceled due to inclement weather and/or poor sky viewing conditions due to cloud cover.

Naturalist Lunch Box: Iowa Cats

Friday, July 19, at noon will be the sixth Naturalist Lunchbox program of the year. Held at South Cove Park, the topic for this week is cats of Iowa. The naturalist will discuss the different species of felines in Iowa such as bobcats and mountain lions.

If you plan on attending, please let the conservation office know by Wednesday, July 17, by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be canceled due to lack of participants or inclement weather.

Coffee & Canvas: Nature Painting

The BV County Conservation Board and Witter Gallery are excited to partner up and offer Coffee and Canvas at the Gabrielson Shelter House in Sioux Rapids. Coffee and Canvas is a step-by-step painting class for adults and young adults.

The class will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The cost is $10 to cover the Witter Gallery’s supplies. Please bring cash or check. Checks can be made out to the Witter Gallery. This month’s painting, sunset by the light house, is pictured above. 

Light refreshments will be provided along with all materials needed for the painting. Space is limited and reservations are required for this program.

To register please call the conservation office at 712-295-7985 by Thursday, July 18, at 4 p.m.

For more information on these programs, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mail naturalist@bvcountyparks.com. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information.


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