Winter officially arrives next week and what kind of weather will it bring?
The O'Brien County Conservation Board will be celebrating the shortest day of the year and welcome the season with a hike through the pine trees.
The O'Brien County Conservation Board is holding Welcome Winter Walk on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. at Dog Creek Park.
This activity will take place regardless of ground cover. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of the lake. If there is snow on the ground, we will be trekking on snowshoes. Snowshoes will be available to borrow free of charge. Call the Conservation Board Office at 712-295-7200 to reserve a pair. If there is no snow, we will be hiking. No matter what the weather ... make plans to join them.
The OCCB also asks, have you ever wondered what Iowa looked like as the European settlers arrived?
Joseph Street described it well in 1833 as he said, "I had never rode through a country so full of game." From bison to badgers -- from waterfowl to wild turkeys, Iowa had an abundance of wildlife.
The O'Brien County Prairie Heritage Center located at 4931 Yellow Ave. near Sutherland is hosting a temporary exhibit in the lower level.
Stop by to learn more about Iowa animals. The exhibit includes plenty of hands on activities for visitors of all ages. Learn interesting facts about the ecosystems of Iowa and consider what you can do to help preserve them.
The Prairie Heritage Center's regular hours are Wednesday -- Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. -- 4 p.m. on the weekends. There will be special hours of operation over the holidays. The center will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
It will be open from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. on Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. It will also be open on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011.
The "Country So Full of Game" exhibit will be on display through the end of March.
While at the Prairie Heritage Center, take time to view the Bald Eagles visiting our area.
Their numbers have been increasing as the winter visitors take roost.
There are always interesting things to see and do at the Prairie Heritage Center. Stop by and bring your holiday visitors with you!