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January 18, 2013

A perfect day for a walk in the park

OSKALOOSA — It was a perfect day for a walk in the park at the Russell Wildlife Area Wednesday afternoon.

The Mahaska County Conservation Board held a Winter Hike Wednesday afternoon as a fun thing for children to do after school.

“It’s a chance for them to get outdoors,” MCCB Naturalist Laura DeCook said. “We like to do healthy things and it’s easier to do in a group.”

Oskaloosa school children had an early dismissal Wednesday, so DeCook thought it would be a good day to have an outdoor activity for children and families.

“It’s just a nice day to do some hiking,” DeCook said as children and their parents showed up for the hike.

DeCook said the hiking group would walk the trails around the Russell Wildlife Area and talk about the winter scenery. They would walk by the ponds, stop at the fossil beds, discuss native prairie plots and cross the swinging bridge, she said.

DeCook said she handed out scavenger cards for children to keep track of the things they see.

“It’s not going to be fast paced,” she said.

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