News from the Naturalist

Nature Summer Camps are Open for Registration!

posted 5/2/24

Explore insects, dinosaurs, space, and more with Tama County Conservation's summer camps for kids entering grades 2-8!

Tama County offers Junior Naturalist Program

posted 4/29/24

The Iowa Junior Naturalist Program promotes awareness of natural and cultural resources of Iowa by rewarding children for engaging in educational programming and self-directed activities. Ran through the Iowa Association of Naturalists, this program is offered state-wide each calendar year and is now supported by Tama County Conservation! 

How Do Iowa Animals Survive the Cold?

posted 2/6/24

How do big blizzards and freezes affect Iowa wildlife? Cold weather is natural, and animals have found many ways to adapt!

Hedgehog Creature Feature

posted 1/10/24

Have you met educational hedgehog Olive? Say "hello" to her at the Nature Center during your next trip to Otter Creek Lake & Park!

Which Iowa Winter Animal are You?

posted 12/18/23

Iowa animals have found plenty of ways to survive our harsh winters. How do you compare? Read about animal adaptations and take a short quiz to discover which winter animal you are!

5 Easy Ways to Help Birds in Tama County

posted 11/27/23

Did you know that birds eat billions of insects each year, help remove roadkill, pollinate crops, and reduce mouse and rat populations? Winter can be a trying time for our local birds, and they need our support now more than ever!

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