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Naturalist Niche

Posted October 04, 2012 in Community Blogs

The first day of October has come and gone, but we are still experiencing the heat of summer. The big question was it ever going to end; well…as I look outside my office windows here at Sharon Bluffs State Park it looks like nightfall, the sound of raindrops on the roof of Center 2000 and one of my favorite sounds anytime of the year, thunder. The rain that we needed so badly is here in southern Iowa. We wouldn’t mind a whole week of this rain. The only downfall to our much needed rain, is that our trees lose their leaves so much faster. Out here at Sharon Bluffs last weekend we had our pinnacle of the fall colors throughout the bluffs, but with the heat and the now the much needed rain, they have changed quickly and descended to the ground below. Soon we will be racking them to have nice size mound of falling into.

Homecoming is just a few days away. GO BIG REDS and REDETTES!!! So we have also been mowing at our other park, Lelah Bradley Park and Reserve. It has been three weeks, but that doesn’t mean that the weeds stopped growing. We wanted to be sure that both of our parks look inviting for all of us alumni that are back for the weekend. It is Mark Hoffman’s, our director, 35th reunion this year and I have my 10th next year. So we really want our classmates to see what we have been working on in the parks and the improvements, since we called them hang-outs when we were going through CHS. Oh, the memories.

Events to put on the calendar: Annual Youth Outdoor Day on this Saturday, October 6th out at Sharon Bluffs State Park has been cancelled. Many of our normal volunteers have other plans, many of them having to do with Homecoming Reunions. I know many of you look forward to this every year, we are so sorry. So instead of having the events all on one day we are going to break them up into different events over the coming weekends. Next Saturday, October 13th we will have fishing and canoeing in the morning from 9:00 to Noon out at Sharon Bluffs, weather permitting.

Saturday Night Movie at the Bluffs this Saturday the 6th of October is our last movie of the year, beginning at sunset at the Shelterhouse at Sharon Bluffs State Park. We will be watching, Big Miracle. So bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the movie out under the stars and canopy of the forest. And above all we can’t have a movie without popcorn and who knows maybe even some s’mores too. It’s the last one till next year, so don’t miss it.

Lelah Bradley Trail Drive is next Saturday the 13th at Lelah Bradley Park and Reserve starting at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please meet us at the Shelterhouse to load up on the flatbeds for a hayride on our park’s trail system. The hayride will leave at the top of the hour, every hour, taking 45 minutes to complete the trail around the upper reservoir. In the event we are getting more wonderful rain on Saturday, the Trail Drive will be held the next day, Sunday October 14th. The Appanoose Conservation Foundation is the hosting the event.

Center 2000 is open on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m till the last weekend in October. Also if you want to get some last minute camping in, the camp ground at Lelah Bradley Park and Reserve will close at the end of this month till next year’s camping season. So always feel free to stop in and see us or the animals or put up a tent in our camp grounds. Likewise welcome home alumni and GO BIG REDS!!!

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