The Marshall County Conservation Board (MCCB) and Marshall County Izaak Walton League invite first through fifth grade students and their family members to the 30th year of the award-winning Uncle Ike Nature Program.
"Wonders of Wildlife" is the 2013-2014 theme which will introduce participants to a variety of wildlife and their needs. The next session of this year-long series will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, 2359 233rd St.
The Feb. 8 session will be a combination of January's "Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed" session which was postponed due to weather and February's "Whoooo Goes There?" Participants will explore the world of animals that are awake during daylight hours, as well as night time animals, through hands-on activities, crafts, and games. Participants should dress for the weather since some of the activities may be conducted outside.
Future programs in the Uncle Ike Nature Program series include mini-beasts and backyard wildlife. The group will meet on the second Saturday of the month at the Grimes Farm except in March when Uncle Ikes will be held on the first Saturday.
The Uncle Ike Nature Program was originally developed in Marshall County and has spread to other counties and states during the past 30 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.