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Posted on: July 31, 2013

[ARCHIVED] The Mud is Calling, and We Must Go!

Let’s get happy! Did you know that some scientists say playing in the mud can make you happier? No kidding! It is believed that certain types of bacteria found in dirt can increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, making us more relaxed and calm.

So what better excuse do you need to join Naturalist Emily Herring on Sunday, August 25 for a muddy expedition to a nearby marsh or river? Participants will pick through the algae, splash through the water, and dig in the mud to find creatures.

The program is from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on August 25. Participants will meet at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street, Ames), and then travel to the program site, which will depend on water levels. This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21.

This program is designed for families and adults, but is not suitable for children under four years old. Participants should wear clothes that can get wet and muddy and shoes that securely fasten.

For more information about this or other public programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Emily Herring
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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