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December 7, 2020 - February 28, 2021 @ McFarland Park, Christiansen Forest Preserve, Robison Wildlife Acres, Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor, and West Peterson Park
Combine Science and Exercise to Get Your Kids Outside and Learning!
Download and print the Trail Tracks Detective Booklet, then visit Robison Wildlife Acres, Christiansen Forest Preserve, Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor, West Peterson Park, or McFarland Park (or all five!) and follow the signs with animal track clues. Answer questions along the way to solve the animal track mystery. This tracking activity will be available in the parks through February.
January 1, 2021 - March 1, 2021 @ Wherever you can get outside!
Challenge yourself to complete a full marathon -- 26 miles! -- between January 1 and March 2. Walk, run, ski, snowshoe, or bike 26 miles outdoors at your own pace, when it works for you and your family. Or play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile. Record your mileage on the Mileage Log, available for pick up at McFarland Park or dowload at http://bit.ly/SCCWinterMarathon2021. Turn in your completed log to win a discount on Story County Conservation online registrations or rentals.
January 26, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ McFarland Park
Join a naturalist and learn about common animal tracks and scat. We will look for clues around McFarland Park trails to help us discover animal inhabitants. This program is designed for children ages 5 and up. plus their adult. Please dress to explore outdoors. This program is free, but registration is required by 4pm on Sunday, January 24.
In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Story County Conservation program attendees 2 years of age and older MUST wear a mask at all times and MUST maintain at least a 6 foot distance from non-household members. Pre-registration will be required when group size needs to be limited due to the facility or location.
January 26, 2021, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ McFarland Park
January 26, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Will likely be held via Zoom
Explore nature cozied up with a good book. Join naturalist Rebekah Beall at 7pm each month to discuss a different book focused on the human relationship with the environment. This club is free (book purchase or checkout from library is on your own), but registration is required by 4pm on January 15.
January 26: "Crow Planet" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
February 23: "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" by Frans de Waal
March 23: "Rising: by Elizabeth Rush