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Lauridsen Skatepark Grand Opening Announced
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Lauridsen Skatepark Grand Opening Announced

We are excited to announce our management and the grand opening of the Lauridsen Skatepark on May 22, 2021. The 88,000 square feet attraction will showcase Olympic caliber park and street courses.

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1/6/2021

20% Off Your Winter Cabin Stay
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20% Off Your Winter Cabin Stay

Book a winter cabin getaway for the holidays, a special weekend, or a week-long stay to reconnect with your family away from the hustle and bustle of life. When you book from 12/1/20 through 3/1/21, automatically get 20% off your cabin reservation for stays 1/3/20 to 3/11/21.

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12/18/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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11/17/2020

Virtual Best Puppet Show Ever
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Virtual Best Puppet Show Ever

Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.

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1/28/2021

Virtual Book Worms - World of Wonders
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Virtual Book Worms - World of Wonders

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil via a Zoom meeting.

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1/28/2021

Virtual Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Hurray for Herps!
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Virtual Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Hurray for Herps!

OWLS is going virtual. Learn about the bizarre and fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians. We’ll focus on how reptiles and amphibians are alike and different, what it means to be cold blooded, and interesting ways they have adapted to survive.

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2/2/2021

Debris Pile Burning in PCC Parks & Trails
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Debris Pile Burning in PCC Parks & Trails

Beginning January 21, Natural Resources staff will be burning debris piles left over from the timber stand improvement and invasive species removal projects, as well debris left from the Derecho wind storm through April 1, 2021.

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1/21/2021

Groundhog Hike
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Groundhog Hike

Can they really forecast an early spring? Do they actually hibernate? Why do we celebrate groundhogs day anyway? So many questions surround this little rodent. We will uncover all the truths during this fun and hands on hike on the day we celebrate its existence.

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2/2/2021

Tree Removal Underway in PCC Parks & Trails
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Tree Removal Underway in PCC Parks & Trails

UPDATED 1/19/21: We are working with XTreme Tree Inc  to remove hazard trees and hangers from our soft and hard trails as a result of the summer derecho wind storm. Removals are now at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt beginning 1/19 - 1/22.

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1/19/2021

Virtual Toddler Tales - Turtles
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Virtual Toddler Tales - Turtles

Let your imagination run wild with this virtual nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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2/4/2021

Renting Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes with Polk County Conservation
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Renting Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes with Polk County Conservation

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent from the Jester Park Nature Center. The cross-country ski rental includes skis, boots, and poles. Poles and boots are NOT included with your snowshoe rental.

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1/14/2021

Winter Hike
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Winter Hike

Join the naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs. Dress for the weather.

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2/6/2021