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December 31, 2013

Outdoor fun at MCCB Winter Day Camp


The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — By DUANE NOLLEN

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — About 20 children and parents got the chance to play in the snow Monday afternoon at the Mahaska County Conservation Board’s Winter Day Camp at Russell Wildlife Area.

“We’re going to go outside and play in the snow and then come back in to watch “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” MCCB Naturalist Laura DeCook said.

The Winter Day Camp is always held during children’s holiday break from school.

“It gives kids a place to go and go outside to have fun,” she said. “It’s nice that it’s actually snowed.”

DeCook said in past years, sometimes the temperature is too warm for a snowy day.

“It looks like they’re dressed for it,” she added.

DeCook took the group for a short hike to look for animal tracks in the snow. She also stopped by a bluebird house to see if anyone was home. It was abandoned.

Then, DeCook took the group to her “secret hideout” — a small clearing amongst evergreen trees.

The place is cool in the summer and is out of the wind during the winter. The group found some more small animal tracks in the snow at the hideout.

DeCook then led the group to a bird-viewing house where they got some cracked corn to make feed piles for birds and small animals.

While inside the bird-viewing house, DeCook handed out some plastic animal tracks such as fox, coyote, otter, deer and beaver for kids to make their own tracks in the snow. Then, the children got to make snow angels in the snow before heading inside to warm up and watch a movie.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com