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Webster County Conservation
1415 Nelson Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
515-576-4258
**All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Site locations:  
Kennedy Park — located 5 miles north of Fort Dodge on Nelson Ave.  1415 Nelson Ave.
WaNoKi — located about 1 mile east of Coalville.  Take 235th St. to WaNoKi Road  2401 WaNoKi Road
Skillet Creek Indian Mounds — located 5 miles SE of Dayton.  Take Hwy 175 to River Rd. to Skillet Creek Ave.
Brushy Creek SRA — located 4 miles east of Lehigh / 4 miles south of Duncombe  
Dolliver Park — located 3 miles NW of Lehigh


March

March 20 5:30 pm Start of Spring Hike Kennedy
      Kennedy Park - Meet at Kennedy Park Nature Center
  • Meet naturalist Erin as she leads a seaonal hike at different county natural areas
  • Free family fun
         
March 26 6:00 pm Friends Board Meeting Kennedy
     

April

April 6 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
   

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
       
April 15   Campground OPENS  
      Kennedy Park per night rates:
  $22 for full hook-up
  $18 for electric site
  $15 for primitive site
         
April 21 10:00 am Wildflower Walk Skillet Creek Indian Mds
     
         
April 24 7:00 pm Night Burn at Kennedy (north side) Kennedy
     
         

May

May 4 5:00 pm Fireside Fridays WaNoKi
   

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
         
May 10 4:00-5:30 pm Plant some Shade - tree pick-up Kennedy
         
May 21 6:00 pm Friends Board Meeting WaNoKi
         
May 30 5:30-6:30 pm
6:30-7:30 pm
Kayaking 101 Kennedy
      Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Group 2 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • 10 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required
  • This class or a specified online class must be taken to rent kayaks available at Kennedy Park https://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/
 
         
May 31 5:30-6:30 pm
6:30-7:30 pm
Kayaking 101 Kennedy
      Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Group 2 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • 10 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
  • This class or a specified online class must be taken to rent kayaks available at Kennedy Park https://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/
 
         

June

June 1 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
     
June 5-7 9:00 am-3:00 pm Youth Conservation Program for youth who have completed 5th and 6th grades WaNoKi
     
  • Middle school age youth may enroll in an opportunity to work on the land removing unwanted trees, improving campsites and trails
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to hike, paddle, fish, bow target shoot, build a shelter and a fire, etc
  • $10.00 per day to cover snacks and drinks and light lunch
  • Registration required 
 
         
June 6 5:30-6:30 pm
6:30-7:30 pm
Kayaking 101 Kennedy
      Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Group 2 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • 10 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
  • This class or a specified online class must be taken to rent kayaks available at Kennedy Park https://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/
 
     
June 7 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         
June 7 5:30-6:30 pm
6:30-7:30 pm
Kayaking 101 Kennedy
      Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Group 2 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • 10 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
  • This class or a specified online class must be taken to rent kayaks available at Kennedy Park https://www.boaterexam.com/paddling/
 
     
June 13 5:30 pm Mid-Week River Paddle TBD
      Paddle different locations
  • Plan to meet at 5:30 pm and be off the water by dark
  • $10 fee to use the county equipment
  • Registration required 
  • Registration deadline two days before event
  • Email khansen@webstercountyia.org to stay informed about paddle destinations. Paddling different locations is the goal.
 
         
June 18-20 9:30-10:15 am City Mini Camps (ages 3-5) Loomis Park
     
         
June 19-21 9:00 am-3:00 pm Youth Conservation Program for youth who have completed 7th and 8th grades WaNoKi
     
  • Middle school age youth may enroll in an opportunity to work on the land removing unwanted trees, improving campsites and trails
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to hike, paddle, fish, bow target shoot, build a shelter and a fire, etc
  • $10.00 per day to cover snacks and drinks and light lunch
  • Registration required 
 
     
June 21 5:30 pm Start of Summer Hike TBD
      Location to be determined
  • Meet naturalist Erin as she leads a seaonal hike at different county natural areas
  • Free family fun
 
         
June 26 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         
June 28 5:30 & 6:30 pm Stand Up Paddle Board Class (SUP) Kennedy
      SUP basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 at 5:30pm
  • Group 2 at 6:30pm
  • 4 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
 
         
June 28 8:30 pm Evening Paddle Kennedy
      Explore Badger Lake at dusk
  • Meet at the Kennedy Park boat ramp
  • Canoes, paddles, and pfd's will be provided
  • Bring your own vessel if you wish
  • All boating regulation enforced
  • Free family fun event
 

July

July 6 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
     
July 11 5:30 pm Mid-Week River Paddle TBD
      Paddle different locations
  • Plan to meet at 5:30 pm and be off the water by dark
  • $10 fee to use the county equipment
  • Registration required 
  • Registration deadline two days before event
  • Email khansen@webstercountyia.org to stay informed about paddle destinations. Paddling different locations is the goal.
 
         
July 12 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         
July 17-19 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Youth Conservation Program for youth who have completed 5th and 6th grades WaNoKi
     
  • Middle school age youth may enroll in an opportunity to work on the land removing unwanted trees, improving campsites and trails
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to hike, paddle, fish, bow target shoot, build a shelter and a fire, etc
  • $10.00 per day to cover snacks and drinks and light lunch
  • Registration required 
 
         
July 17-19 9:00-11:00 am Half Day Nature Camp (6-9 years) Kennedy
     
  • $5.00 per day
  • For 6-9 year olds
  • A great way to explore and enjoy nature
  • Registration required 
 
         
July 26 5:30 & 6:30 pm Stand Up Paddleboard Class Kennedy
      SUP basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 at 5:30pm
  • Group 2 at 6:30pm
  • 4 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
 
         
July 26 8:30 pm Evening Paddle Kennedy
      Explore Badger Lake at dusk
  • Meet at the Kennedy Park boat ramp
  • Canoes, paddles, and pfd's will be provided
  • Bring your own vessel if you wish
  • All boating regulation enforced
  • Free family fun event
 
         
July 30 6:00 pm Friends Board Meeting WaNoKi
         
         
July 31 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         

August

August 3 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKI
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
         
August 7-9 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Youth Consevation Program for youth who have completed 7th and 8th grades WaNoKi
     
  • Middle school age youth may enroll in an opportunity to work on the land removing unwanted trees, improving campsites and trails
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to hike, paddle, fish, bow target shoot, build a shelter and a fire, etc
  • $10.00 per day to cover snacks and drinks and light lunch
  • Registration required 
 
         
August 7-9 1:00-3:00 pm Half Day Nature Camp (6-9 years) Kennedy
     
  • $5.00 per day
  • For 6-9 year olds
  • A great way to explore and enjoy nature
  • Registration required 
 
         
August 9 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         
August 15 5:30 pm Mid-Week River Paddle TBD
      Paddle different locations
  • Plan to meet at 5:30 pm and be off the water by dark
  • $10 fee to use the county equipment
  • Registration required 
  • Registration deadline two days before event
  • Email khansen@webstercountyia.org to stay informed about paddle destinations. Paddling different locations is the goal.
 
         
August 27 5:30 & 6:30 pm Stand Up Paddleboard Class Kennedy
      SUP basics at Kennedy Park
  • Group 1 at 5:30pm
  • Group 2 at 6:30pm
  • 4 person max for each class
  • $10 with instruction
  • Registration required 
 
         
August 27 8:00 pm Evening Paddle Kennedy
      Explore Badger Lake at dusk
  • Meet at the Kennedy Park boat ramp
  • Canoes, paddles, and pfd's will be provided
  • Bring your own vessel if you wish
  • All boating regulation enforced
  • Free family fun event
 
         
August 28 10:30-11:30 am Playscape Playdate Kennedy
      Join the naturalst for a morning of adventure at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes as activities may include getting wet, dirty and having an all around good time. At the end of each hour, time will be given for playscape exploration.
  • Meet at the Natural Playscape near the west end
  • No Fee
  • Registration required 
 
         

September

September 5 5:30 pm Mid-Week River Paddle TBD
         
         
September 7 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
         
September 25 5:30 pm Autumn Begins Hike WaNoKi
      Camp WaNoKi - meet at the parking lot near the entrance gate
  • Meet naturalist Erin as she leads a seasonal hike at different county natural areas
  • Free family fun
 
         
September 24 6:00 pm Friends Board Meeting WaNoKi
         
         

October

October 11 6:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
         
October 13 6:00 pm Trick or Treating Kennedy Campground
         
         
October 15   Campground CLOSES Kennedy Park
         
         

November

November 2 5:00 pm Fireside Friday WaNoKi
     

Meet naturalist Karen on the first Fridays of the month for nature experiences by the campfire at Camp WaNoKi

  • Different topics of experience
  • Optional hiking through the camp
  • Free family fun event
  • Quiet relaxation is the goal
 
         
November 26   Friends Board Meeting WaNoKi
         
         

December

TBA   Lights at Kennedy Kennedy