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DCCB releases spring programs

Fruit Tree Grafting

Thursday, April 3 (6:30 p.m.)

Forest Park Museum

We are partnering with ISU Extension specialist Patrick O’Malley for this exciting program. Participants will be able to take home two grafted fruit trees. Grafting (joining together) a rootstock and a scion (cutting) from a fruit tree is essential for reproducing a tree like that of the parent tree. The event costs $35 per person or $60 for two people. Additional rootstock will be available at $5 each. Each person gets two rootstock which they self-graft and take home with them.

Registration is required for this program. To register, please contact our office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@co.dallas.ia.us.

Adult Wilderness Trek 2015

Sunday, April 6 (2-4 p.m.)

Kuehn Conservation Area

Your first steps on the trail to the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness begins here. From the stories and images of the inaugural Adult Wilderness trekkers of 2011, you will obtain an overview of the trek so you can begin to explore the possibility of growing wild in 2015. Join us to learn about this adventure and dream of backpacking the wilds of the Selway-Bitterroot in 2015.

Registration is required for this free program. To register, please contact our office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@co.dallas.ia.us.

Family Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 12 (1-2:30 p.m.)

Voas Nature Area

Join us in starting a new tradition-a spring egg hunt! We’ll be looking in bird boxes, under leaf piles, in rotting logs, wetlands and dark corners for the eggs which wild animals (Not the Easter Bunny) have produced. Learn more about when and why animals lay eggs and how they develop as we explore the prairies, woods and wetlands. Dress to be outdoors in clothes that can get damp and dirty. Remember – there is no chocolate at the end of this egg hunt.

Registration is required for this free program. Space is limited and program is weather dependant. To register, please contact our office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@co.dallas.ia.us.

Food Preservation 101

Sunday, April 13 (1:30 p.m.)

Forest Park Museum

We will be partnering is ISU Extension Nutritionist Mary Krisco for this fun overview of drying, freezing, pickling, hot-water bath canning and pressure canning. No actual food preparation or food preservation will be done in class, but you will be able to take home recipes and complete food preservation instructions. Cost: $5/person. To register, please contact Mary Krisco at mkrisco@iastate.edu or 515-957-5787.

Navigate the Wilds – Compass & GPS

Saturday, April 26 (1-5:30 p.m.)

Kuehn Conservation Area

When you learn to read a map, compass and GPS you are prepared to go places where most humans will never allow their eyes to sweep the landscape. Learn the basics of reading a topographic map, pair that with a compass and learn to use hand-help GPS. You will put your skills together to hike the wilds of Kuehn. Bring water, a snack, bug repellent and good hiking shoes. This program requires hiking off trails through prairies, woodlands and hills. Cost: $4/person. Registration is required for this program. Space is limited. To register, please contact our office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@co.dallas.ia.us.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Sunday, May 11 (2-5:30 p.m.)

Kuehn Conservation Area

There’s nothing that tastes better than a meal cooked outdoors. Join us for a Dutch oven meal, which was the main cook kit for the Lewis and Clark expedition. You will learn Dutch oven basics and then we’ll prepare our Dutch oven dinner and dessert together. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required for this program. Space is limited and program is weather permitting. To register, please contact our office at 515-465-3577 or conservation@co.dallas.ia.us.

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