Public Events


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Longest Day of the year

Celebrating from sunrise to sunset

June 20th, 2024

Clay County Wildlife Areas

Why not spend the time in nature? We will have Nature filled activities for the whole family to participate in! The events will be all over Clay County! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come for all or one. Choose your adventure!

6:30-8am – Sunrise hike meet up- Oneota Park

9-10am – Nature Reads – Oneota Park

11:30am- 12pm – Celebrate the 1874 Clay County grasshopper raid by eating insects at Schmerse Wildlife Area. We have the insects, bring your appetites. Have a picnic on the prairie, bring a lunch stay for the fun!

12-2:30 pm - Schmerse Wildlife Area - Canoeing, Fishing, Pond dipping, Bubble explosion, Scavenger hunt, Archery, Ax throwing

4-5pm - Box Turtle Yoga– Scharnberg Park open air shelter on the west side by the beach.

5:15-6pm – Live Raptors – Scharnberg Park open air shelter on the west side by the beach.

8-8:30pm – Firefly Fun with story – Oneota Park

8:30-10pm – Firefly Hunt and Hike - Oneota Park



Nature Activities #SpencerReads

Come & Go

9:00 am - 10:00 am

SpencerReads and Clay County Conservation are joining forces this summer! Attend all or just a few and bring the whole family to read together in nature. Bring your own books or borrow a book or two (or three or four) at the nature stop that day. All young readers must be accompanied by an adult for these events. Locations will be determined at a later date.

June 20th - Oneota Park - 420 10th Avenue SE, Spencer

June 27th - Schmerse Wildlife Area - 2535 280th St., Fostoria

July 11th - Scharnberg Park - 3430 145th Avenue, Everly 

July 18th - Shelter at Kindlespire Complex - 2385 485th Street, (1 mile east of Cornell on 485th Street)



Celebrate National Mud Week!

June 26th, 2024


Oneota Park

Fantastic…oozy…gooey…squelchy…sloppy…mud! Is there anything greater? Celebrate National Mud Week! All things mud. Activities for the whole morning come and go. Mud painting, mud creatures, mud walking, mud facials and much more. This is sure to be a muddy good time. Come prepared to get muddy!



Beat The Heat Celebration

July 19th,2024


Riverton Wildlife Area

Beat the heat. Come and Go Creek Hop. Creek walks are a great way to get refreshing exercise while discovering the ecosystem of a local waterway. Flip over rocks and look for critters like dragonflies, crayfish and minnows. We will find a sand bar and build a castle, or use rocks to make a dam. Dress in old clothes that can get wet and muddy. Sturdy shoes are a must; you never know what you might step on during a creek walk. Avoid flip-flops as they can float off your feet.

Riverton Wildlife Area 3595 190th Ave

3 miles west of Spencer on 190th Ave