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Otter Creek hosts Dan Kaercher, Retired Midwest Living Magazine Editor and Public T V Travel Host

October 8, 2018
From: Tama County Conservation Board , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Do you want to be an owl? Come join the O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls) group at Otter Creek Lake & Park. The Tama County Conservation Board has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities to host a presentation called "Iowa's Hidden Treasures" by Dan Kaercher at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities. Join us for a special autumn version of this popular program.

We all know that Iowa is a great state to live in and explore. Dan will share some of his favorite Iowa destinations, based on his many years as a travel editor, author and TV host of Iowa's Simple Pleasures. Look no farther than a short drive from home for parks and nature centers, historic attractions, fun places to dine, unusual places to day, special small towns and big-city destinations. Specific for fall, Dan has ideas for memorable Iowa outdoor getaways, whatever your interest. Because this is such a special time of year, Dan will share some of his favorite fall outdoor destinations in the Hawkeye State, including state parks, wilderness areas, preserves and forests with spectacular foliage and opportunities to hike, canoe, bicycle or just drive in the beautiful scenery...all close-to-home here in Iowa. From Preparation Canyon state park in the rugged Loess Hills of western Iowa to the Neal Smith Wildlife Preserve in central Iowa and Yellow River State Forest on the majestic Mississippi, you'll love this "coast-to-coast" armchair tour of Iowa's great outdoors in autumn.

O.W.L.S. is a fun way to get out of the house, learn about nature, and enjoy the company of friends. This lunch & Learn series is scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and is designed for seniors but all adults are welcome. Meet at the nature center at Otter Creek Park, 2283 Park Road, Toledo, IA. Presentations start at 11 and a light lunch will follow the program (around noon). The program is free and open to the public. RSVP to Logan Roberts to help us plan for food: 641-484-2231 or

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Mark your calendars for the rest of O.W.L.S. , which will feature Backyard Birdfeeding on November, 14th and a Planet Earth BBC Documentary on December 12th.

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