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Conservation Center to celebrate 10 years

Nature program also honors 30th anniversary Saturday at Grimes Farm

October 9, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Two celebrations will be held this Saturday at Grimes Farm.

It will mark the 10th anniversary of the Conservation Center and 30 years of the Uncle Ike's Nature Program of the Marshall County Conservation Board.

Diane Hall, naturalist with the MCCB, has been with Uncle Ike's for the past 27 years.

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The Grimes Farm Conservation Center has been in place for 10 years. An anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday in and around the facility.

"It's been so fun reading the different memories of people who have been in Uncle Ike's," Hall said.

Hall is inviting those with children first through fifth grades to attend the Uncle Ike's portion of the celebration from 10 a.m. to noon that day. They also expect to have plenty of alumni from the program visiting.

"We'll have games and crafts and photo displays," Hall said.

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Grimes Farm Conservation Center 10th anniversary celebration schedule


10 a.m. - noon - Uncle Ike's Nature Program 30th anniversary celebration

1:15 p.m. - Opening remarks

1:45 p.m. - Nature hike

1:45 p.m. - Bike ride

4 p.m. - Tree planting

4:15 p.m. - Time capsule burial

Ongoing afternoon activities - Crafts, wildlife photography tips from Garry Brandenburg, solar viewing with Amateur Astronomers of Central Iowa, nature stories with Carrie Barr, wagon rides to the observation tower, music by the Prairie Creek String Band and refreshments.

The afternoon will be devoted to the celebration of the Conservation Center. There will be opening remarks from MCCB Director Mike Stegmann at 1:15 p.m., a nature hike and bike ride at 1:45 p.m. and a tree planting and time capsule burial at 4:15 p.m.

"We want people to realize how much has gone on in the past 10 years environmental education wise now that we have the Conservation Center," Hall said.

Several ongoing activities that expose people to nature at the center are planned in the afternoon. The event is free and open to the public.

Grimes Farm is located at 2359 233rd St. on the western edge of Marshalltown, just west of Highland Acres Road between Iowa Avenue West and West Lincoln Way.

For more information on the event contact the MCCB at 641-752-5490.



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