Hike the Wild continues this fall

The next Hike the Wild programs with the Dickinson County Conservation Board take people to sites outside of the county.

“It’s just good to explore new places,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman.

Photo of a forested stream

Experience Fort Defiance State Park in the fall during the next hike Tuesday, Sept. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and then caravan to the Spring Creek trailhead at Fort Defiance in Estherville.

“We’ll be winding through a couple trails to enjoy Spring Creek and other forest life,” Kuhlman said.

The approximately two-mile hike is considered moderate, over varied terrain and crossing bridges over Spring Creek. Kuhlman and naturalist Ashley Hansen will talk about the nearby forest vegetation and wildlife and how it compares to the prairie areas that have been home to previous Hike the Wilds this year.

“I think people will like the landscape — the woodland vegetation and the trees,” Hansen said.

Fort Defiance State Park is a beautiful place to explore, with hills, ravines, running water and forests full of changing foliage colors.

The Oct. 24 Hike the Wild will again start at 9:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center and will then bring people to Loon Lake Cemetery, walking along the mowed grass path to talk about the historical significance of the site and why it’s important to local culture.

Hike the Wild is held the fourth Tuesday of each month year-round, although November’s Native Thanksgiving hike will be changed to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Kenue Park. The final hike of 2017 will focus on winter survival tips and will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Kenue Park.

“Hike the Wild is a great program to get people outside in all seasons,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “Adults and youth alike enjoy not only hiking but learning while they walk.”

For more information on Hike the Wild and other Dickinson County Conservation Board programming, visit our environmental education page or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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