WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Come out for some recreation and exercise in a national park this winter! A park ranger will lead snowshoe hikes through Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, January 16 and 30 and Saturday, February 13. The one-hour “Snowshoe through the Park” is suitable for ages 5 and up, will begin at the visitor center, and will cover less than one mile through the restored tallgrass prairie landscape. Participants must have sturdy boots, and should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. The hikes will be cancelled if there is not enough snow on the ground.
The park has some snowshoes to lend. Call (319) 643-2541 to reserve a pair. Participants borrowing snowshoes should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to get fitted.
This year the National Park Service launched its “Find Your Park” campaign which begins a two year celebration commemorating its first 100 years of preservation and service to the public. “Find Your Park” is aimed at getting people out to experience all their national parks have to offer and to share their favorite stories about National Parks. Visit www.findyourpark.com to learn more.
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.