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The JCC naturalists conduct school fieldtrips and educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds, from pre-K to senior citizen and everyone in between! Program topics are diverse, with offerings covering dozens of natural science topics, outdoor recreation skills, and wild crafting/ethnobotany. We specialize in outdoor learning and typically conduct field trips and programs at one of JCC's 15 different conservation properties, most often at Kent Park or Cangleska Wakan. 

School Field Trips

JCC conducts full-day and half-day field trips for K-12 and college classes. 

To learn more about program offerings and field trip logistics, see the Field Trip Guide below. 

Field Trip Guide

To schedule, email [email protected]

When to schedule: 

  • Spring field trips - January 1
  • Summer field trips - April 1 (please note: summer field trips are limited as JCC's programming priority is middle/high school outdoor high adventure during this season) 
  • Fall field trips - August 1

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Youth and Adult Organizations

When schedules allow, JCC naturalists provide educational programs for both youth and adult organizations. Examples include programming for 4-H, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Scouts, and for both adult and senior citizen clubs. To inquire about scheduling, email or call 319-645-1011. 


Group Program Guide


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