School Programs

Environmental Education staff can either visit your classroom or students are invited to come for a field trip to Starr's Cave Park and Preserve or any of our other parks. We are frequently in Des Moines County public schools, Christian Schools, Head Start, and many preschools. Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. For the first part of the school year August - December, we will take program reservations beginning early August. For school programs January - June, we will take program reservations beginning December 1. To schedule a program or field trip contact Starr's Cave Nature Center at 319-753-5808.

Check out our 2021/2022 Program Guide for a list of programs and descriptions we offer!

The majority of programs are free of charge for schools within Des Moines County unless otherwise noted. For out of county schools, the fee for a fieldtrip to Starr's Cave Nature Center is $1/kid. For EE staff to come to out of county classrooms, the fees are $1/kid in addition to mileage to the location. If additional fees apply, they will be noted.