Mahaska County Conservation Hosting B.A.R.K. Rangers Kickoff Event Tomorrow

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska County Conservation is starting a new program called B.A.R.K. Rangers, a program to encourage people to take their dogs on hikes in county parks. The program is related to the National Park System’s B.A.R.K. Ranger program, but they are using county parks since Iowa does not have any national parks with this program.  Program participants can earn certificates by completing activities with their dog and they can even purchase special B.A.R.K. Ranger swag. They have special dog tags for participants to purchase.

To start the program, there will be a kick-off B.A.R.K. Ranger event at the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, June 29 beginning at 10:30 am.  There will be a few guest speakers. Valinn McReynolds, MCCB Volunteer, will talk about this new dog program and Nathan Peterson, veterinarian from Mahaska Vet Clinic, will share information about keeping your dog safe outdoors. There will also be door prizes, photos by Wag On Pet Photography, and a park scavenger hunt that participants can do with their dogs to earn a B.A.R.K. Ranger certificate. Dogs are welcome to come and participate with their owners! Note: all dogs must be on leash.

If you have questions, contact our office at (641)673-9327 or email


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