O'Brien County Conservation's upcoming events

Friday, July 26, 2013

Take a step back into the past at this year's last summer offering for youth. The O'Brien County Conservation Board has offering a multitude of opportunities for youth to get outdoors and EXPLORE this summer. These activities are targeted for young people between the ages of six through 13 years.

This opportunity for learning and fun occurs on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Prairie Heritage Center. Participants will experience games, crafts and activities from times gone by. Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center 9 a.m. The fun will conclude at 11:30 a.m.

Also come and see what the prairie has to offer on a leisurely stroll on a summer evening. Taking in the beauty of the wildflowers is a great way to end the day. Colors abound in this time of year and the scents carry on the evening breeze.

The O'Brien County Conservation Board will be holding a "Summer Prairie Prowl" on Wednesday, July 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center for a 1/2 mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your sense of adventure.

The last up coming event is the Annual Inkpaduta Canoe Race. So grab your friends and get your team together. The O'Brien County Conservation Board and the Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association is sponsoring the Annual Inkpaduta Canoe Race to the Prairie Heritage Center. After years of struggling with high and low water, we hope that this year will provide optimal conditions! The event will provide a fun opportunity to be out on the river. This year there will be two divisions -- one for canoes and one for kayaks.

The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Canoes will enter the water at the Highway 10 bridge near Peterson. The race will finish at the Prairie Heritage Center.

First price in each division will be a two night stay at one of the six-person camping cabins at Mill Creek or Dog Creek Park. Second price in each division will be five nights of camping at either Mill Creek or Dog Creek Park. If you aren't in the race for speed, that's okay too. All registered participants completing the course in under 6 hours will also be entered in a drawing for a two night stay in the Dog Creek six-person camping cabin.

The registration deadline is August 6. The entrance fee of $35/canoe and $20/kayak includes a commemorative t-shirt. Additional t-shirts will be available for sale at the Prairie Heritage Center. Lunch will also be sold at the center beginning at noon; so bring your friends and support your favorite team.

For more information about these exciting events or to register for the race, contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200.

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