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
Early Spring Woodland WildflowersWatch on YouTube
Elementary - Signs of Spring!
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: 08353076)
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?
What is a Seed?Watch on YouTube
Outstanding OwlsWatch on YouTube
Fun activities and worksheets on bats:
Here are some other great bat videos to watch:Take a Quiz on Kahoot (ID: 02708966)
Added October 27, 2020
Beautiful BatsWatch on YouTube
Spooky SpidersWatch on YouTube
LeavesWatch on YouTube
SquirrelsWatch on YouTube
Woolly Bear Capterpillars
Woolly Bear CapterpillarsWatch on YouTube
Signs of Fall
Signs of FallWatch on YouTube
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 TaggingWatch 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
Pet Rock Program
Discover how to make a few easy pet rocks at home.
Added August 15, 2020
Pet Rock ProgramWatch on YouTube
Untouchables HikeWatch on YouTube
Digital Scavenger Hunt
Have your family use our Central Park Digital Scavenger Hunt to find all locations.
Added August 1, 2020
Digital Scavenger HuntWatch on YouTube
Liking LichensWatch on YouTube
Make & Take Craft - DIY- Bark Boats
Learn how to make a few simple bark boats and a fun paper boat that really floats!
Added July 11, 2020
Make & Take Craft - DIY- Bark BoatsWatch on YouTube
Bumble Bee Survey
Find out how to survey the bumble bees in your own backyard or a neighborhood park close to you.
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: 03264911)
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
Sidewalk Animal Art Program
After watching our short video, head outside to make some animal art with chalk.
Added May 29, 2020
Sidewalk Animal Art ProgramWatch 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