Expand your environmental knowledge with our fun educational videos about everything from wooly caterpillars to campfire cooking! For more education programs, check the county calendar for upcoming events.
Early Spring Woodland Wildflowers
Learn the very basic parts of a flower. Enjoy some of Iowa's early spring woodland wildflowers up close. Then head outside to see what flowers you can find.
Early Spring Woodland Wildflower ID Sheet
Parts of a Flower & Flower Parts Quiz
Added April 19, 2021
Early Spring Woodland WildflowersWatch on YouTube
Elementary - Signs of Spring!
Very elementary- Signs of Spring video. Learn some simple and easy to spot signs of spring. How many signs of spring can you find?Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 03844134)
Added March 19, 2021
Elementary - Signs of Spring!Watch on YouTube
Elementary Animal Tracks and Sign
Learn about some of Iowa's winter animals and the tracks and sign they leave behind.
Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Website for a Iowa Wildlife Track Identification Sheet and more information on track identification.
Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 04499981)
Added February 23, 2021
Elementary Animal Tracks and SignWatch on YouTube
Animals in Winter
Find out how some wild animals survive an Iowa Winter. Key vocabulary include: Adapt, Brumate, Hibernate, and Migrate. Feathers, fur, predator, prey, and survive.
Added February 8, 2021
Animals in WinterWatch on YouTube
Fossils, Fossils, Fossils
Join us as we investigate fossils. Learn how Iowa's history is written in its stone. Use your imagination to infer what some Iowa fossils used to be and what environment they used to be found in. Then create your own underwater seascape as you imagine life under Iowa's prehistoric seas. Links at the end of this video will direct you to additional fossil and prehistoric sea resources.
Added January 12, 2021
Fossils, Fossils, FossilsWatch on YouTube
Geology on the Go - Exploring Jones County- A Visit at Pictured Rocks
Geology on the Go videos explore geology in Jones County. Our first stop will be a quick glimpse of Pictured Rocks Park and the clues it holds to Iowa's prehistoric geological past.
Added January 12, 2021
Geology on the Go - Exploring Jones County- A Visit at Pictured RocksWatch on YouTube
Let's Go Snowshoeing
This snowshoeing video is intended to be shown to youth groups or school classes prior to a snowshoeing experience with equipment provided by the Jones County Conservation Department. The basics of snowshoeing are demonstrated including what students should wear to try snowshoeing, parts of a snowshoe, brief background of snowshoes and what may have inspired people to invent snowshoes, how to put snowshoes on, and what students should checkout when exploring with snowshoes.
Added January 12, 2021
Let's Go SnowshoeingWatch on YouTube
What is a Seed?
For more in-depth educational videos on the basics of seeds click on the following short video links:
- How Does a Seed Grow? (2:11)
- How Does a Seed Become a Plant? (3:46)
Added November 16, 2020
What is a Seed?Watch on YouTube
Here are some other great owl videos to watch:
- Owls for Kids (8:03)
- Great Horned Owl on the Hunt (3:20)
A fun activity sheet to learn more about owls.Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 03234856)
Added October 30, 2020
Outstanding OwlsWatch on YouTube
Fun activities and worksheets on bats:
Here are some other great bat videos to watch:
- The Truth About Bats (5:47)
- Experience 360 - Bracken Cave (2:50)
- Echolocation Song (1:12)
Added October 27, 2020
Beautiful BatsWatch on YouTube
Take a deeper look into spiders by watching more educational videos:
For classroom or homeschool activities:Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 01090714)
Added October 19, 2020
Spooky SpidersWatch on YouTube
For more in-depth educational videos and activities on the leaves:
Visit IDNR Website for current peak leaf conditionsTake a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 02381336)
Added October 12, 2020
LeavesWatch on YouTube
For more fun activities click on the following:
Join PBS Plum Landing: Squirrel for a Day (2:56)Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 02175959)
Added October 2, 2020
SquirrelsWatch on YouTube
Woolly Bear Capterpillars
Find out what those wandering woolly bear caterpillars are up to by watching more videos:
- The Myth of the Woolly Bear (4:15)
Visit the Share it! Science page on Woolly Bears.Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 07728048)
Added September 28, 2020
Woolly Bear CapterpillarsWatch on YouTube
Signs of Fall
Go on a fun "Signs of Fall" scavenger hunt.
- Please note: Anyone with nut allergies should not touch or smell tree nuts in the scavenger hunt list.
Added September 18, 2020
Signs of FallWatch on YouTube
For Ladybug ID guides, lesson plan, and activity sheets click on the following links:Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 08688631)
Added September 11, 2020
LadybugsWatch on YouTube
Visit the Journey North website and learn more about the magnificent Monarch Butterfly migration.
For videos on Monarch Tagging:
- Unraveling the Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery (10:15)
- National Geographic GeoKids video Monarch Butterfly - Amazing Animals (1:15)
Added August 28, 2020
Monarch MigrationWatch on YouTube
Grasshoppers and Crickets
Visit the Songs of Insects website to hear the songs of different kinds of crickets.
For educational videos and activities on Grasshoppers and Crickets:
- Cornell University's Understanding Insect Sounds - Natures Chorus (14:50)
- Grasshoppers and Crickets Activity Sheet
Added August 17, 2020
Grasshoppers and CricketsWatch on YouTube
Download a brochure to learn about four plants you should avoid while playing, working, or hiking in the outdoors.
Added August 2, 2020
Untouchables HikeWatch on YouTube
Learn what a lichen is with AmeriCorps Naturalist Intern, Diana Reube, and test your knowledge.
Added July 18, 2020
Liking LichensWatch on YouTube
Bumble Bee Survey
Find out how to survey the bumble bees in your own backyard or a neighborhood park close to you.
- Bumble Bee Watch (0:57)
- Sci Kids video on Busy Bees (3:59)
- Ghost in the Making (19:04)
To learn more about bumble bees:
- Iowa Bumble Bee Brochure and Identification Key
- Buzz About Bees Website (for coloring sheets)
- Participate in the Bumble Bee Survey, Identify Your Bumble Bees, Download a Bumble Bee App
Added July 6, 2020
Bumble Bee SurveyWatch on YouTube
For in-depth educational and fun videos on dragonflies click on the following short video clips:
- Sci Show Kids Super Strong Dragonfly video (3:47)
- National Geographic Secret World of Dragonflies Short Film Showcase (14:54)
Use a pond net and a few empty clear containers to explore along the edge of a pond, wetland, or small stream. Make sure to go with an adult for safety. Fill your container with water from the pond or wetland and then using your net try to catch and examine a dragonfly nymph. Make sure to release all the critters you discover back into the wetland or pond when you are done.
For more information and activities:Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 05664065)
Added June 29, 2020
Amazing Dragonflies!Watch on YouTube
Learn a simple recipe for use when campfire cooking with foil.
Added June 27, 2020
Campfire CookingWatch on YouTube
Fishing Friday: Crappie
Catching crappie in a small lake or Iowa farm pond.
Added June 26, 2020
Fishing Friday: CrappieWatch on YouTube
Meet the Martins
Meet the purple martin colony at Central Park in Jones County
Added June 20, 2020
Meet the MartinsWatch on YouTube
Fishing Friday: Channel Catfish
Catching channel catfish in a small lake or pond using nightcrawlers as bait.
Added June 19, 2020
Fishing Friday: Channel CatfishWatch on YouTube
Pokemon in the Park
Learn how to safely play Pokemon at Central Park in Jones County, Iowa.
Added June 13, 2020
Pokemon in the ParkWatch on YouTube
Fishing Friday: Largemouth Bass
Catching largemouth bass with simple spinnerbaits.
Added June 12, 2020
Fishing Friday: Largemouth BassWatch on YouTube
Fishing Friday: Bluegill Basics
For families just learning the basics of bluegill fishing
Added June 4, 2020
Fishing Friday: Bluegill BasicsWatch on YouTube
May Warbler Walk
After watching the Cornell Lab of Ornithology video, head out into your backyard or nearby park to see what warblers you can spot.
Added April 27, 2020
May Warbler WalkWatch on YouTube
Map · Jones County Conservation
12515 Central Park Rd. · Center Junction, IA 52212