The Marshall County Conservation Board and Marshall County Izaak Walton League invite first through fifth grade students and their family members to the 29th year of the award-winning Uncle Ike Nature Program.
"Outdoor Adventures" is the 2012-2013 theme which will introduce participants to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The next session of this year-long series will be from 9 to 11 a.m. March 2 at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, 2359 233rd St.
During the March 2 session, entitled "Starry Nights", participants will discover some of the many constellations visible in the night sky. Members of the Amateur Astronomers of Central Iowa will be on hand to let students look through telescopes. Participants should dress for the weather since part of the activities may be outside.
Future programs in the Uncle Ike Nature Program series, include canoeing/kayaking, and fishing, and will meet on the second Saturday of the month at the Grimes Farm unless otherwise noted.
The Uncle Ike Nature Program was originally developed in Marshall County and has spread to other counties and states during the past 29 years. The program has received the Chris Holt Youth Environmental Education Award.
The purpose of the program is to give children the opportunity to learn about Iowa's natural resources, environment, and outdoor sports. It is hoped the Uncle Ike children will gain an increased awareness about the earth on which they live and learn to make responsible decisions concerning the environment.
Izaak Walton League membership is not required and there is no charge for the Uncle Ike Nature Program. If anyone would like more information about Uncle Ikes, contact Diane Hall at the Marshall County Conservation Board at 641-752-5490.