December 30 – Winter Day Out!!
The new year is almost here, and you need to de-stress a little from the holidays. The Wapello County Conservation Board is offering an afternoon out of the house for the entire family. We will start with some outside activities (about 1 hour so dress warm). Then we will return to the nature center for some hot cocoa, popcorn and a movie on the big screen. The movie will be “Over the Hedge.” There is no need to register, and the event is FREE. You can bring a blanket, comfy chair or cushion to sit on for the movie if you would like (we have folding chairs).
Ages: Families Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Where: Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
December 31 – Last Day Hike
Winter is one of my favorite times to hike at Garrison Rock Wildlife Area. The rocky features of the area really stick out in the snow, and if the weather has been right, there can be an ice fall at horse thief cave. 2019 is nearing the end and this year the Wapello County Conservation Board will be offering a last day hike at Garrison Rock. What better way is there to end the year than being surrounded by the beauty nature provides? So bring your family and friends out to Garrison Rock on December 31 to explore one of the most beautiful areas in our county. We will meet at the parking lot off Cliffland Road at 9:00 in the morning. The terrain of this area is rugged, and the trail conditions could be quite difficult depending on the weather. We will hike at an easy pace as we search for the best view of the river where we are likely to see eagles. Our journey from there will depend on our group and trail conditions. Dress for the weather and trail conditions, and join us for our last day hike. Bring your binoculars and camera if you would like. There is no registration or cost for this event!
Ages: All Time: 9:00 AM Where: Garrison Rock Wildlife Area
January 10 – Winter Birds and Bird Counts
The Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has been filming a video devoted exclusively to attracting meetings and conferences to Ottumwa. Filming is nearing completion. The final piece of the filming will take place at Bridge View Center on Friday, January 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and we need your help! We will be shooting in the lobby, breakout rooms and theater, and we need volunteers to show these spaces full of people and utilized as they would at an actual conference. Dress should be business-casual attire.
As part of this filming, Annette – with the Wapello County Conservation Board – will give a short (20 – 25 minute) slide presentation on Winter Birds and Bird Counts at 8:30 AM at the Bridge View Center. All are welcome to attend this presentation and then stay to help with the other filming taking place after. Those who stay will be provided with a light breakfast (scones, coffee, fruit, etc.) as a thank you for helping make this possible.
This promotional video will showcase many of the great things Wapello County has to offer.
Ages: Adult Where: Bridge View Center, Ottumwa
January 18 – Soap Making Workshop
The Wapello CCB is partnering with ISU Extension for a soap-making workshop for beginners. Annette will show you all the materials you need to get started and walk you through the process of making your own lye-based soap. You will go home with your own handmade soap when the day is done as well as a booklet of helpful hints and recipes. You must register by January 3, and there is a maximum of 15 participants. So sign up early. The cost will include a soup lunch. Register by calling Cindy at ISU Extension – 641-682-5491.
Ages: teenage and older Cost: $15 per person Where: ISU Extension Office Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
February 15 – Candle Making Workshop
The Wapello CCB is partnering with ISU Extension for a candle making workshop for beginners. Find out what you need to get started, and make your own candles to take home. You will go home with your own personalized candles and a booklet of helpful hints. You must register by January 31, and there is a maximum of 15 participants. So sign up early. The cost will include a soup lunch. Register by calling Annette at 641-682-3091.
Ages: teenage and older Cost: $15 per person Where: Pioneer Ridge Nature Center Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM