Join a park ranger for a leisurely walk along a woodland trail to look for signs of spring! Spring Wildflower Walks will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the South Tailwater Recreation Area at Lake Red Rock. Meet at the large picnic shelter. Wildflowers will be the highlight as we search for Trout Lily, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and other spring ephemerals. The beautiful flowers have a short bloom time, so you won’t want to miss them. The program is free of charge and no registration is needed. Please note: The program location includes a dirt path with slightly hilly terrain. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers Office at 641-828-7522 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Lake Red Rock, visit www.lakeredrock.org.
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Meet the Authors of Wolly Dreams & hear an Environmental Learning Center update on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at the Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area. Mahaska Mammoth: Woolly Dreams was written after the bones of three woolly mammoths were discovered in Mahaska County. It is a fictional story enhanced with facts that will inspire readers of all ages to learn more about the woolly mammoth and the Ice Age. Come out to the conservation center at the Russell Wildlife Area from 6:00-7:00 PM to hear a reading of the story by Linda Fox and visit with the authors; Laura DeCook, Mary Jane Sullivan and Linda Fox. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about Mahaska County’s Environmental Learning Center that is being built at Caldwell Park! The MCCB director, Dave Sedivec, will provide this information. The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, Iowa which is four miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy. 63 and one mile east on 200th Street. If you have questions, feel free to call the Mahaska County Conservation Board at 641-673-9327.
The Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library welcome Tom Milligan from the Humanities Iowa series for a lecture on March 20th. Mr. Milligan will portray Ding Darling, famous Iowa cartoonist and conservationist; discussing his boyhood, career, and life’s journey. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room A/B; third floor of the Library. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.
The Mahaska County Conservation Board staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to tap trees and boil it to make maple syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday, March 17. Bring your appetites for fresh maple syrup on ice cream! (We can’t let you leave without tasting maple syrup).
New Location: Conservation Center at the Russell Wildlife Area – Due to today’s weather and tomorrow morning’s forecast, the Maple Syrup Festival has been relocated to be held indoors at the conservation center at the Russell Wildlife Area. Please note the time change which is now 9:00-10:30 am.
The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, IA which is 4 miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy. 63 and 1 mile east on 200th Street. We look forward to see you!
If you have questions, call the Mahaska County Conservation Board at 641-673-9327.
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