Youth Program Extensions
The Cherokee County Conservation offers a variety of programming for youth after school and in the summer.
This after school outdoors club is geared towards 5th-8th graders and focuses on outdoor recreation. Typically, students meet after school for 1.5 hours about 10 times a year. Each class provides hands-on programming on a different topic. Past topics have included birding, fishing, fly fishing, trapping, orienteering, building animal homes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more. Each year, hunter safety is included as well. Currently, this program is only in the Cherokee school system, but can easily be incorporated into other schools with the help of a teacher.
What is Envirothon? It is a team problem-solving, natural resource education competition for high school students. In the field, teams of five students are challenged to sharpen critical thinking skills and work as a team to conduct hands-on investigations and answer written questions concerning environmental issues in five categories: Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, Soils, and Current Environmental Issues. The regional competition is located in Cherokee and the CCCB is available to assist with training students for this competition. Sometimes, the local Soil & Water Conservation District covers the cost of the team registration fee.
Visit the Iowa Envirothon website for more information.
Each summer there are several camps offered in Cherokee County for various ages. All camps are free and include hands-on activities geared towards that age group, snacks, and supplies. Below are brief descriptions of each camp and when the camp is typically held. More information is usually provided in our the News section of our website or in a summer edition of Smoke Signals, our e-newsletter.
Summer Day Camp:
Young Conservationist Camp:
All programs and associated equipment are free of charge. Call 712-225-6709 and ask for Laura, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule any of these programs in your area.
Cherokee County Conservation Board
629 River Rd
Cherokee, IA 51012
Office Hours: Monday-Friday
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