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Iowa Outdoors By: Brett Reece, Iowa Conservation Officer for Tama/W. Benton Counties

April 13, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Iowa Outdoors A unique outdoor camp that introduces 12 to 15 year old girls to the fun of the outdoors is being offered three times this summer. The three day, two night Outdoor Journey for Girls camp teaches girls canoeing and water safety, basic orienteering, fish and wildlife identification, firearm safety and basic shooting, camping and outdoor survival, fishing and more. Camps are offered June 20-22 at the Conservation Education Center at Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center, July 10-12 at Black Hawk County Conservation Board’s Hickory Hills Park, north of near Dysart, and Aug. 1-3, at Springbrook.  Camps fill quickly so early registration is recommended. The $100 registration fee covers food, lodging and equipment use. Pheasants Forever is a camp sponsor and local chapters often provide scholarships to help offset the cost for campers. For a camp brochure, registration form and more information on the camps, go to The popular Outdoor Journey for Girls camp has introduced 2,000 girls to the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. Camps are taught by Iowa DNR conservation officers, biologists and staff, county conservation board naturalists, and representatives from other agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa State University. For more information contact Donise Grygierczyk, Camp Coordinator for the Iowa DNR at 515-205-8709. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a sandhill crane viewing platform dedication at 1 p.m., on April 20. The platform overlooks Otter Creek Marsh, which is five miles east of Tama on Hwy. 30, then southeast on E66 for 3/8 mile to viewing platform on right overlooking the marsh.  Representatives from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Meskwaki Nation, National Audubon, and Iowa Audubon will speak on the 20th anniversary of nesting sandhill cranes at Otter Creek Marsh in the Iowa River Corridor Bird Conservation Area.  For more information, contact Pat Schlarbaum, wildlife technician, Iowa DNR, 712-330-0526.


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