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Pinecones In The Park

By Staff | May 3, 2012

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board wants to encourage people to get out and explore our local parks, preserves and wildlife areas. As an incentive, we have placed a brightly colored pinecone at each of the following areas this spring.

If you find one of these pinecones, you will win a free night of camping at Lost Island-Huston Park.

*Basswood Recreation Area, on the west edge of Emmetsburg

This 69 acre site is located next to the West Des Moines River and trails wind around a small restored prairie and along the river. Check out the fishing at our two rock riffles. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the view near the south parking lot.

*Lost Island-Huston Park, north of Ruthven

The Conservation Board offices and Lost Island Nature Center are located in this 74 acre park. Swim at the beach, hike our trails, ride your bike or check out the displays inside the building. Our 40 site campground is a favorite in the area.

*Telford Prairie, NE of Ayrshire

Have you ever walked through a stand of big bluestem and enjoyed the colorful array of prairie wildflowers once common to NW Iowa? This site is a prime example of what Iowa once looked like. Visit early spring through late fall to see the changing display of color.

*Watson Heritage Area, SE of Emmetsburg

This 378 acre piece includes lowland timber and upland prairie. A nice trail will bring you full circle from the main parking lot. Catch a glimpse of the Great Blue Herons along the river or enjoy the songbird chorus on an early morning walk.

IF you find one of these pinecones, bring it to the Lost Island Nature Center and claim your prize! Pinecones have been placed in a location that can be seen from the trail, so no “bush wacking” is involved. This program is effective now through July 30. For more detailed directions to each site, go to our website www.paccb.org.

Get out and explore the parks and recreation areas in Palo Alto County.