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    “Prairie to Pasture” Summer Day Camps Offered

    Cedar Valley, IA – This summer, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is
    partnering with Hartman Reserve Nature Center to offer “Prairie to Pasture” day camps for
    children grades 3-8. Campers will spend the summer learning the connection between the
    prairie and the pasture, while exploring the sights, sounds and smells of Northeast Iowa.
    Each day campers will go on a new and exciting adventure within the Heritage Area.
    Activities include:

    Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve & Center, Rockford
    Explore large kilns where tiles were made for farmland and then dig up fossils in the
    quarry where clay was collected. Cost: $20
    June 16, grades 3-5
    June 18, grades 6-8

    Buffalos & Holsteins, Fredericksburg & Hudson
    Feed a buffalo at Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch and then milk a cow at Hansen’s Dairy.
    Cost: $30
    June 23, grades 3-5
    June 25, grades 6-8

    Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City
    Hike through 5,000 acres of tallgrass prairie and experience what it was like to be a
    pioneer 150 years ago. Cost: $25
    July 7, grades 3-5
    July 9, grades 6-8

     Fontana Nature Center & Heartland Acres, Hazelton & Independence
    Explore the wetlands & woodlands of the nature center and then enjoy a hayrack ride
    at Heartland Acres. Cost: $25
    July 21, grades 3-5
    July 23, grades 6-8

    Effigy Mounds & Mississippi Boat Tour, Harpers Ferry
    Discover the bluffs and burial mounds at Effigy Mounds, then dip your toes into the
    Mississippi River with Captain Jack on the “Mississippi Explorer.” Cost: $40
    Aug. 4, grades 3-5
    Aug. 6, grades 6-8

    Summer Camps are limited to 15 participants, with registration form and payment due two
    weeks prior to the camp to reserve a spot. Participants may attend all five camps for $130.
    Camps will depart from and return to Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls. For
    more information or to register visit or call Hartman Reserve
    Nature Center at 319-277-2187.

    “We are excited to offer day camps this summer. It is a great way to introduce youth to the
    adventures that exist right here in Iowa. Hopefully by seeing a buffalo or digging up fossils,
    campers will want to learn more about their heritage,” Don Short, SSHNA President.

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas
    in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development
    of a network of sites, programs and events, the Heritage Area’s mission is to interpret farm
    life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

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