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Conservation Department - Linn County

Posted on: October 30, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Conservation offering several education programs in November

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LINN COUNTY, IA –Oct 30, 2015- Linn County Conservation is hosting several upcoming events at Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Road, Toddville, Iowa. Find out more about Linn County Conservation programs under Events at

Great Pumpkin Atlatl Hunt
Saturday, October 31, 1-4 pm

Come and try your hand at using an ancient hunting tool, the atlatl or spear thrower. We will provide the spears, darts and pumpkins – plus other targets too. Watch as college teams and others compete in a sanctioned atlatl competition. For more information, contact Gail Barels at 892-6485. This program is free and there is no registration.

Evening Prairie Burn
Thursday, November 5, 7pm

Natural resource specialist Dana Kellogg and resource manager Steve Swenson will light up the night sky with a spectacular prairie fire. Observe the dramatic management practice of prairie burning to renew the prairie at the Wickiup Hill Learning Area. Before the burn, meet at the kiosk near the parking area to learn why this technique is used, how the area is prepared and what types of equipment are used. Cost is $2.50/adult, $1/child 16 and under or $5/family.

Science for Squirts
Thursday, November 19, 10-11am

Children ages 3-6 enjoy a story, craft, and activities based on the monthly theme. Ages 3-6, but younger and older siblings are welcome. Cost $2/child. Please call 892-6485 at least 2 days prior to program to register.

A Clovis Site Rediscovered
Thursday, November 19, 7 pm

Site 13CD15, known as the Rummells-Maske Site, is Iowa's oldest archaeological site based on the recovery of 20 Clovis projectile points from this Cedar County location. Wayne Rummells and Dick Maske originally found the site in the early 1960s and brought it to the attention of the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist. Unfortunately, the site was not recognized at the time for its importance and it slipped into the background of Paleo-Indian research. Mark Anderson from the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist will present this program. Cost is $2.50/adult, $1/child 16 and under, or $5/family.

Toddler Toadstools
Friday, November 20, 10-11am

Need to get your little one out of the house and into nature? Come out to Wickiup Hill and experience our one of a kind nature center! This is an informal gathering for children ages 1-6. Playtime begins at 10am, and at 10:30 we will meet a few of Wickiup's real live animals! Weather dependent, there will be activities indoors and out. Registration not required. Cost: Free

Bombs Away!
Saturday, November 21, 10-11:30am

Do you hate those blank vacant lots on the side of road and streets? Have you wanted to put a wildflower garden in one of those lots but not sure how to do it? Or maybe you just want to start a wildflower bed in your backyard. Join naturalist Jenny to create seed bombs! Making seed bombs are cheaper than buying transplants, natural and organic, easy to make, pocket sized, and you can easily cover a large area in a very short time. Local native wildflower seeds will be used. What a great way to start a pollinator’s heaven. Late fall is a great time to start wildflowers or give these as a holiday gift. Family fun for everyone! Please register 3 days before event. Cost: $5 for 6 seed bombs. When registering please indicate how many ‘’bombs” you would like to make.

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