WCCB Offers Fall Events

OTTUMWA-Exciting Fall events are on their way from the Wapello County Conservation Board and Pioneer Ridge Nature Area.


Friday, September 29 : Star Party

The Wapello County Conservation Board welcomes Ray Natera to Pioneer Ridge Nature Area Friday, September 29 for a Star Party. Ray is our local astronomy expert, and he will have his telescope set up for viewing. We will explore the moons craters close up and view the ring system of Saturn – as its rings are at maximum tilt toward the Earth. We might also take a look at some colorful “double stars” and catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it flies over at 8:12 PM. The event will begin at 7:00 PM. The entire family is welcome at this free event.


October 13 and 14 : Halloween Hikes

What types of plants and animals make their homes in or near the water? Fish of course, but a pond is home to many more living things than just fish. You can hear stories about life in the pond from some of the plants and animals that live there during the Wapello County Conservation Board’s annual Halloween Hikes: PONDerings. The hikes take place the evenings of Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. The first hike leaves at 6:00 and the last hike leaves at 8:00. You must reserve your hike time in advance by calling the nature center.  Cost is $3 per person with ages 3 and under free. We will begin taking reservations on Monday, October 2. To reserve your time, e-mail pioneerridgehike@hotmail.com or call 641-682-3091 during reservation times. Call in times for reservations will be posted on our Facebook page and website (conservation.wapellocounty.org/).