by Tina Bakehouse, Outreach & Communication Coordinator, Golden Hills RC&D
As children, we use our imagination. Playing school or cowboys and Indians or dressing up as movie stars. Or, in the 1980s we may have tuned into the television series Little House on the Prairie, highlighting Laura Ingles Wilder’s life. These moments in time can be experienced this summer at the Nishna Heritage Museum in Oakland, Iowa during their summer day camp series. Escape back in time and learn about the people, the landscape, and Iowa’s past, in five different, enrichment camps. Nishna Heritage Museum is partnering with Golden Hills RC&D to provide these day camps for kindergarten to six graders, each Tuesday in June and the first Tuesday in July from 9:00-10:30 am. Below is day camp schedule:
Tuesday, June 5: Original Iowans
View the Native American collection and learn about indigenous people through hands-on activities.
Tuesday, June 12: Early Settlers and Tool Time
Imagine you’re a pioneer. See a thrashing machine and old tool room. Even churn and taste homemade butter!
Tuesday, June 19: No Stop Shop…General Store and Vintage Fashion
Reenact the “good ‘ol days” of shared phone lines, a butcher store, and more. Have a tea party dressed in vintage attire.
Tuesday, June 26: Life before Legos
Play old-fashioned games, like croquet, marbles, and more.
Tuesday, July 3: One-room school house
Travel to an old, one-room school house to role-play a day in the life of Laura Ingles Wilder. Even enjoy a game of softball outdoors!
Each day camp provides hands-on learning opportunities, rich in Iowa history and culture. Come join in the fun. Cost for the each camp is $10 or $25 for all five camps. And, for two children, is $25. As Gayle Strickland, volunteer and member of Oakland Historical Society believes, “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” Strickland, along with other volunteers, will inspire children to think, feel, and learn about the past and how it influences the future.
A new study from AAA found that hit-and-run fatalities reached an all-time high in 2016. Most fatalities in hit-and-runs are people walking or biking. Drivers should always be alert and on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists. People who are walking or biking should also know and follow relevant laws to stay safe.
We are working to improve safety for all Southwest Iowans--whether on foot, on bike, or in a motor vehicle--through our Bicycle Education program. Check out the webpage or contact us to learn more. We should all do our part to reduce the number of hit-and-runs to zero!
Today is National Arbor Day, a time for celebrating the importance of trees.
According to an Iowa DNR press release, "New U.S. Forest Service research ranks Iowa 9th in urban tree canopy cover loss over a five-year time period, losing almost 2 percent of its tree canopy. In rural woodlands, a separate Forest Inventory and Assessments study showed a loss of 97,000 acres over five years."
Oak trees are the official state tree of Iowa and one of the most common trees in the western part of the state. Unfortunately, oaks are in decline due to a number of factors. Golden Hills is working to help local growers restore and rebuild oak communities in Western Iowa through our Native Oak Project. Learn more and contact us to get involved!
After a seemingly endless winter, it appears that spring has finally arrived in Iowa. With the warmer weather comes more people getting outdoors, including people riding bicycles.
Our region has many great bike trails, and Golden Hills RC&D has worked and continues to work with many partners to develop more trails throughout Western Iowa. Still, trails are not always available and sometimes people need to ride on streets or roads. In order to stay safe and healthy, everyone should know the rules of the road. Over the next few months, we'll be posting information on our blog with information about how to bike and drive safely.
Our friends at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition have great information and resources available to teach riders of all ages, as well as drivers, about safe bicycling and sharing the road with bikes. Check out their website for more information. Here are a few tips to get started...