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September 2023

Sep 8th » Monarch Tagging

Explore Bentonsport Prairie to tag monarchs. This guided program is to discover monarchs’ life cycle and the trip butterflies take south. 

This hike covers various terrain from moderate to difficult. This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire, and bug spray is recommended.

Registration is REQUIRED, limited to 20 participants.

Registration: https://www.mycountyparks.com/Event/County/Van-Buren/Default.aspx?action=back

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Timber
North on Ridge Rd.
Bentonsport, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Sep 9th » Dutch Oven Cooking

Have you ever wanted to try Dutch oven cooking? Join Chloe at the Lake Sugema campground to learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking and how to prepare meals for future camping adventures.
 
Remember to bring a camping chair to this event and sit around the campfire and bug spray is recommended. Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. This event will be held in the non-reservable campsites at Lake Sugema.
 
Registration is REQUIRED, limited to 15 participants
 
Registration: https://www.mycountyparks.com/Event/County/Van-Buren/Default.aspx?action=back
Time:10:00am until 12:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Campgrounds
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Sep 15th - Sep 17th » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The sixth of the 2023 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping is available on the grounds.  

Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
29080 Hawk Dr.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

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Sep 15th » Monarch Tagging

Explore Lake Sugema Prairie to tag monarchs. This guided program is to discover monarchs’ life cycle and the trip butterflies take south. 

This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire, and bug spray is recommended.

Registration is REQUIRED, limited to 20 participants.

Registration: https://www.mycountyparks.com/Event/County/Van-Buren/Default.aspx?action=back

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Sep 16th » Van Buren County Conservation Bird Hike

Explore and discover various bird species found in our local habitat. This 2-mile hike will have various terrain types from moderate to difficult. This trail is gravel and timber so, proper hiking attire and bug spray is recommended. We have a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own.

Registration is encouraged.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

 

Time:9:00am
Location:Lacey Keosauqua Beach House Lodge
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Phone:319-461-0662
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com/

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Sep 16th - Sep 17th » ALL-STATE Iowa Barn Foundation Fall Barn Tour

The all-state tour highlights barns that have received matching grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation for their restoration and those that have received an Award of Distinction for restoration by the owner. 

The self-guided tour is free and open to the public and makes for a great multi-generation family weekend adventure. Participants have the unique opportunity to experience and appreciate Iowa's agricultural heritage as they walk through these majestic barns. This year's tour features 72 barns, including a record 8 round barns. 
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Van Buren County Barns

RIGSBY HILL BARN (OPEN ON SATURDAY ONLY)
22053 Hwy 1, Keosauqua, IA

SCHUYLER AND ISABELLA MORRIS BARN (CLARK BARN)
27882 107th Street, Stockport, IA

Morris Park Barn is not on the tour but is also open and just 4 miles from the Clark Barn.
10938 Timber Rd, Stockport, IA  

Time:9:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Van Buren County Iowa
Phone:319-293-7111
Website:https://iowabarnfoundation.org/barn-tour/2023-fall/

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Sep 21st » Make a Fall Wreath

Cost: $15.00 per participant and preregistration is required

Bring your own drinks and a snack to share. All other supplies will be provided. Ages 10 years and older only. Limit 12 participants.

NOTE: Even though the registration form says FREE, there is a $15.00 fee per participant aged 10 years or older. Since there is no online payment option, fees may be paid in cash, by check, or by credit card (call 641-652-3352 for this option) and must be received by the AGHC on or before 9/7/2023 to guarantee your spot.

Time:6:00pm
Location:American Gothic House Center
300 American Gothic St
Eldon, IA 52554
Contact Person:Cari Nicely
Phone:641-652-3352
Email:cnicely@wapellocounty.org
Website:https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Wapello/Park/American-Gothic-House-Center/Events/22461/AGHC-MAKE-A-FALL-WREATH.aspx

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Sep 23rd » Redneck Rendezvous

Comb your mullet and brush your tooth for a Redneck Rendezvous!

  • Beard Contest at 4pm in the playground shelter
  • Mullet Contest at 4:15pm in the playground shelter
  • Seed Spitting Contest at 4:30pm in the playground shelter
  • Frozen Tshirt contest at 4:45pm (not what you think - this is child-appropriate)
  • Redneck Horseshoes at 5:15 by Totem Pole
  • Bring your own cooler - hot dogs and/or chili dogs will be available for purchase.
Time:4:00pm
Location:Indian Lake Park
28163 Willow Ave.
Farmington, IA 52626
Contact Person:April
Phone:319-878-3706
Email:themanagers@indianlakepark.com
Website:https://www.facebook.com/comecampwithme

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Sep 23rd » Birmingham Lions Tenderloin Supper

Come to the Birmingham Lions Building for some tenderloin sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, various desserts, and drinks. 

Cost of meal: $10 for meal or Sandwich and drink $6
Proceeds used for Lions projects.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
110 Cross St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:319-288-0727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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Sep 29th » Full Moon Hike

Join Chloe at Lake Sugema Wildlife Area to discover the moon and constellations in the night sky.

This trail is grass and dirt, proper hiking attire, and bug spray are recommended. ?We will meet at Lake Sugema Campground near the non-reservable sites.?

Registration is encouraged.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:8:00pm
Location:Lake Sugema Wildlife Area
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Sep 30th » Prairie Seed Collecting

Want to try collecting native prairie seeds?

Learn how to collect native prairie seeds and discover various prairie plants in our local habitat at the Lake Sugema Wildlife Area.

This area has tall grass, wearing proper hiking attire, and bug spray is recommended. Meet at Lake Sugema Campground near the non-reservable sites. Kids 15 and under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Registration is encouraged.
Registration: MyCountyParks.com

Time:9:00am
Location:Lake Sugema Campground
19640 Jersey Ave.
Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Chloe
Phone:319-293-3589
Email:cproffitt@vanburencounty.iowa.gov
Website:https://www.vbcountyconservation.com

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Sep 30th » Birmingham Homecoming Fish/Chicken Supper

Yum!
Enjoy a fish/chicken supper from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Serving: fish fillets, chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, various desserts, and drinks.

Cost of the meal: $13 and children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm until 6:45pm
Location:Birmingham City Park Shelter
221 S wood St.
Birmingham, IA 52535
Contact Person:Harry Anderson
Phone:3192880727
Email:hjbla@netins.net

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