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Posted on: July 23, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Explore McFarland Park at night on August 16

Discover the mysteries of the dark at the park! Follow Naturalist Heather Hucka on a journey to understand just what it takes to be a creature of the night on Friday, August 16 at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames.

Test your senses and practice talking with the owls. Capture this unique opportunity to see McFarland Park through lightless eyes. This hike is not intended to be scary but to excite your imagination.

This is a family-friendly event; however, it is not intended for strollers. If you wish to bring a flashlight, please cover it with red tissue paper. The hike will start at the conservation center and participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. This event is free, but registration is required by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14.

For more information about this or other public programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email, or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Heather Hucka
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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