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Salamander Crossing 
Pop Up Nature Program @Voas Nature Area

In late September and early October, when the weather is cool and damp hundreds of tiger salamanders migrate from the field and ditches surrounding Voas back into their overwintering wetlands. If you’d like to witness this amazing yearly journey, look for online announcements on our webpage and Facebook. The day we notice a lot of salamanders starting to move, we’ll post it. That evening (which is when the greatest number of salamanders is likely to be seen), we’ll be on hand to introduce you to a salamander and send you out to search. Dress in clothes that are warm and waterproof, and drive carefully as the salamanders don’t look both ways before crossing the roads! If you do not have easy access to a computer, please contact our office for alternate notification.
Free program.

Ride to Read with Friends of Perry and Minburn Public Libraries

Sunday, September 30, 1–4 p.m. @ Raccoon River Valley Trail from Forest Park Museum to Minburn School
The Friends of the Perry Public and Minburn Public Libraries have partnered to sponsor a Ride to Read event for children and families on the Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail. Ride to Read is a family bike ride geared toward families with elementary school-aged children. The ride starts at either Forest Park Museum in Perry or the tennis courts in Minburn (parking at Minburn School). Two different books will be read at stations a short distance from each start location of the ride, and guest author Rebecca Janni will read from her book Spin at the mid-point, where refreshments will also be served. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Forest Park Museum. See you on the trail!
This is a free event. 


Snake Feeding
Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:00 a.m. @ Forest Park Museum
Join us for a chance to see our collection of snakes eat their tasty weekly meals and learn about the other Dallas County critters in our live collection. These underappreciated animals play important roles in our ecosystems and have some “superpowers” to share.
Free, no registration required. 

Healing of the Mounds Ceremony
Saturday, October 6, 2—5 p.m. @ Kuehn Conservation Area
Dallas County Conservation, DCCB, the State Office of Archaeology (OSA), and Iowa’s First Nations Peoples invite you to help us in healing the burial mounds at the Kuehn Conservation Area. Long before this land was in public management, these sacred sites were desecrated. It is now our time to erase this scar on the landscape and heal these mounds. At this event, participants will learn from the OSA archaeologists the history of the Woodland Culture, mound builders, and their story here in the Raccoon River Valley. The First Nations People will also share their history of their stories on this land and the sacred nature of the mounds. 

Following these presentations, participants will be invited to carry soil to the scarred mounds and participate in a ceremony to heal the wounds in these sacred sites. Come step inside these stories and experience the memory of our land. 
Preregistration is required for this free event.

High Trestle Hawk Watch
Sunday, October 7, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. @ High Trestle Trail Overlook
Join several “hawkers” as they watch the river of raptors move south along the Des Moines River. They will be helping new and experienced birders identify the birds as they pass by. Viewing will be on the west overlook on the Woodward side of the High Trestle Bridge. Parking is on the east side off of QF in Boone County. A half mile walk on level ground is required. 
Free, no registration required.
Current Cases and Historical Perspectives on UFOs
Sunday, October 7, 1:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
Noted UFO researcher and lecturer Bev Trout will present a lecture on current cases and the history of the UFO research field. A discussion will follow. A second presentation later in the month focuses on the difference between UFO and paranormal experiences.
Free, no registration required. 

Forest Park Art Show
Sunday, October 14, 1:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
Over the years Forest Park Museum has collected some beautiful paintings, drawings and sculptures from a variety of artists both local and international. The museum curator will showcase many of these pieces, placing special emphasis on Iowa’s rich, and often ignored, art history. 
ee, no registration required. 




UFO and Paranormal Experiences 
October 21, 1:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
This is the second of two presentations by noted UFO researcher and lecturer Bev Trout. The presentation will focus current cases before getting into the difference between UFO and Paranormal experiences. A discussion will follow. 
Free, no registration required. 
Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 27, 1:30—3:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
Some indigenous people of Mexico believe the gates to heaven open between October 31 and November 2 to allow the souls of the deceased the opportunity to visit their families. This happens around the same time the monarch butterflies arrive to their overwintering grounds, leading to the belief that the butterflies are the souls of their ancestors returning for their annual visit. Join us as we color skulls and make butterfly decorations to celebrate Iowa’s wildlife, past and present in anticipation of this holiday. 
Free, no registration required.


Voas Volunteer Day
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. @ Voas Nature Area
Have you ever asked yourself if there was a good way you could help wildlife? Not just temporarily picking up trash but something that had a long lasting impact. For the last 3 summers, DCCB has invited 14 volunteers between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age to help clear an oak savanna area that has been overgrown. We have had other volunteers throughout the year help continue to clear the understory at this site. Summer is hot with mosquitos and poison ivy. Fall is crisp with no bugs or foliage. We will be using handsaws and loppers to clear honeysuckle, dogwood, and small trees. Come help us liberate these smothered “wolf” oaks. We will have you home before the kickoff of your favorite team. 
Registration is required for this free program.


Dallas County Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 15
Join DCCB and Raccoon River Watershed Association for a day of birding with a purpose. Each year local bird clubs gather around the Christmas holiday to take a snapshot of what birds are in their area. This information is sent to the National Audubon Society which looks at the long-term health of bird populations over the last 100 years. Participants are divided into groups, each with an experienced birder in a different location in the county. We usually hike in the morning and drive the area in the afternoon. It does not matter if you are a beginner or experienced birder, the day is filled with beauty and opportunities for learning. 
Registration is required for this free program.
Night at the Museum
Friday, December 28, 6:30—8:30 p.m. @ Forest Park Museum
As 2018 comes to an end, join us for this special hands-on look back at history. The museum buildings will be open, the popcorn will be fresh, and there will be special activities for visitors of all ages. Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to visit the museums after dark!
Free, no registration required.
Subject to weather cancellation.

When it Snows We Ski!
Voas Nature Area 
Select weekends and school holidays throughout the winter, if there are 4 or more inches of snow on the ground and a naturalist is available, we will host a ski program. We have boots and skis for people with shoe sizes ranging from youth 12—1 on up to adult sizes 10.5. The specific dates and times will vary. You can call or email to put your name on a contact list for notification of dates, look for updates on our website and Facebook or contact us on a Friday before a weekend that looks likely. We hope to see you on skis!
Cost is $3.00 per person for ski rental. 


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