Upcoming July Trips with Wapello County Conservation Board

Wapello County Conservation Board Presents:

Trip to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

 

The July prairie is blazing with yellows, purples and greens, and it is a great time to visit the prairie at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The Wapello County Conservation Board will be taking a 15 passenger van to the refuge on Friday, July 20. Space is limited to the first 14 to register, and all ages are welcome. Participants will join in a morning hike to see what is happening in the prairie before finding a place for a picnic lunch. Then there will be time to look around the learning center. After that, they will drive through the bison and elk enclosure on the way out. There may even be a stop for ice cream on the way back. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and refillable water bottle. Registration is required by July 18, but register early to insure your place. The first pick-up will be at the nature center at 8:00 am. The second will be at the Ottumwa Hydro Dam parking lot around 8:20 am.

Contact Pioneer Ridge Nature Center for more information and register at 641- 682-3091.

 

Wapello County Conservation Board Presents:

Trip to Prairie Stroll in Jefferson County

 

Jefferson County Conservation Board is bringing together M.J. Hatfield and Moni Hayne, and this will be a great presentation. The Wapello County Conservation Board will be taking a van to the Jefferson CCB nature center on Tuesday, July 24 for the Prairie Stroll. This is a free trip and event, but it is limited to the first 14 to register. This stroll is geared more toward adults. Here is a description from the Jefferson CCB. “Prairie enthusiasts will love this opportunity to see the prairie through the eyes of M.J. Hatfield and Moni Hayne, looking at both the plants there and the insects that are a vital part of it. M.J. will start indoors at the Jefferson County Park nature center with a prairie insect presentation and then participants will head out to the nearby prairie with M.J. and Moni for a prairie plant and insect walk.” The presentation begins at 5:15 pm. We will leave Pioneer Ridge nature center by 4:15 pm, and the Hydro Dam parking lot in Ottumwa around 4:30. We will return after the presentation. Give us a call to reserve your spot before the van is full!

Contact Pioneer Ridge Nature Center for more information and register at 641-682-3091.