Looking for a way to ring in the new year? Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources suggest first-day hikes Jan. 1.
Iowa state parks will launch the new year, which also is the start of the state park centennial year, with outdoor hikes across Iowa. First Day Hikes are being organized at Pilot Knob State Park in Hancock County or McIntosh Woods State Park in Cerro Gordo County.
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At Pilot Knob, hikers can gather at the warming house at 1 p.m. for a 1 1/2-mile hike sponsored by the Friends of Pilot Knob. Snacks, s'mores and cocoa will be available, weather permitting.
At McIntosh, hikers can meet and the camping check-in kiosk at 11 a.m. for a 1 mile snowshoe hike along the lakeshore -- assuming there is snow by then.
For a complete listing of First Day Hikes, visit iowadnr.gov/firstdayhikes.
Our Environment: Fall 2019
Stay in tune with the land you live on. Healthy lives depend on healthy ecosystems. Here are our environmentally related stories from autumn of 2019.
Clear Lake is iced over.
Bundle up: as snowfall has halted this morning, North Iowans can expect near record cold temperatures and windchills to follow into Tuesday.
I heard the ducks before I saw them. Not the usual quacking normally associated with waterfowl, but rather the screeching “Whoo-eek, Whoo-eek”…
I hate to say that but it’s true.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture recognized Heritage and Century Farm families during a ceremony at the 2019 Iowa State Fair, including nine…
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July was the hottest month on record and was the latest example of an upward trend in severity and frequency of summer heat waves.
The October bird migration is one of the more interesting and exciting aspects of fall.
During that time, new installations will be going in.
Love is in the air at Lime Creek Nature Center.
If you've used the new information kiosk at Averydale Access in the Lime Creek Conservation Area, you have Boy Scout Jeremiah Stafford to thank.