County naturalist schedules three Night Hikes during October
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
What is a better way to spend a fall night than to join your fellow residents on a hike?
Cari Nicely, Henry County naturalist, has, along with the help of three groups from Iowa Wesleyan College, organized three Night Hikes this year. Nicely shared at the Henry County Conservation Board meeting Monday night. All hikes begin at 6 p.m. and will end around 7:30 p.m. The hikes are fun, not scary.
On Oct. 3, the first hike will take place at Oakland Mills. Refreshments will be served.
Then, on Oct. 8, the IWC groups will be on the road to Winfield Community School District, where the district agreed to host the second hike. It will start at the playground; go through the school and come out the other end.
Finally, on Oct. 15, New London Community School District has agreed to host the third hike. It will take place in the school as well.
These hikes will be a great way for “a spectrum of Henry County residents to participate,” said Nicely.
Jim Onorato, board member, congratulated Nicely on a job well done in regards to her Dutch oven cooking class she held. The Italian menu worked well and there was a good turn out.
The time has passed for the Acorn trip to Omaha that will take place Oct. 10 and 11. Twenty-three participants have registered to go.
Log siding for the conservation office has arrived. By ordering from the manufacturer, John Pullis said, “there was a huge cost saving.”
Friends of Conservation, along with a group associated with Healthy Henry County Communities, are helping with the upgrade of the trails. The trails will be «a wellness trail, self guided trail and a nature trail,” said Pullis. “Some doctors are prescribing people to walk trails, so this is a good idea. “
Discussion about the hydroelectric project took place, but more will be discussed at next month’s meeting, as all board members were not present.
The Henry County Conservation Board will meet again Oct. 12.