For 28 years, the Muscatine County Conservation Board has hosted a Halloween hike. Last year, tour guides took hikers through the woods in Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, exploring the woods and learning about nature’s wonders. This year, due to the threat of flooding, the Muscatine County Conservation board has moved the event back to Discovery Park at 3300 Cedar Street. The theme this year is Nature’s Helpers. The hikes offered Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 will take visitors around the park learning about the local ecosystem.
“We have been doing a lot with our local pollinators here in our area,” said Michelle Berns of the Muscatine County Conservation Board. “We don’t know a lot about our native pollinators and why they are struggling. We need to know more about the bumblebees and moths. This is a great thing. It’s not a haunted house, it’s a nonscary event; nothing is jumping out.” The tour guides will lead folks around, talking about how the different animals and plants in nature help keep the food cycle and nature moving forward. Guides will be dressed as different nature’s helpers.
The Young Professionals Network provides pumpkins to paint. “It’s a fun way for us to help out,” said Lindsey Phillips, the Community and Professional Development chair for the Young Professionals Network.
The event is a fundraiser for the county conservation board. Tickets for participants over the age of five are $5.00; children five and under are free. The first hike will start at 6:30 p.m. on both nights with new hikes starting every ten minutes until 8:00 p.m. Contact the Muscatine County Conservation Board at (563) 264-5922.