A Night Out: Focusing on food chains
This year, the Henry County Conservation Department has organized three separate night hikes for the community. The night hike theme for this year will be “food chains.”
These hikes are appropriate for all ages and are educational – not scary. Iowa Wesleyan College students will be dressed in costumes and will be performing 3 to 4 minutes skits – there might be a talking skunk or mushroom, and there will even be a live owl.
The first hike will be on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Oakland Mills. It is an easy walk and it will be on solid surface. It will be stroller and wheelchair friendly. The hike will began in front of the Oakland Mills Nature Center.
Anyone is welcome to join as long as groups are properly supervised and kids are accompanied by adults.
During the hike, groups will depart every ten minutes, with the last one leaving at 7:20 p.m. This is a come and go-as-you-please event, so if you show up at 6:52 p.m., you can still participate.
Kids can register for prizes at the Nature Center, but must be present to win. There will be treats and activities in the Nature Center as well. In case of inclement weather, the skits will be performed inside the Nature Center.
The second hike will take place at Winfield-Mt. Union School in Winfield on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Organizers would like you to meet on the north playground – strollers may be difficult at this location since there are stairs.
The third hike will take place at New London’s Clark Elementary School in New London, on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Please meet at the northwest door by the office and participants will exit the southwest doors near the kindergarten rooms. The school is all one level so strollers and wheelchairs will be fine.
All events are open to the public and are free. You do not have to attend either of these schools to come to the event.
Refreshments are only served at the Oakland Mills hike.