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7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

  • 11/15/2017 10:06:00 AM
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging families to consider spending part of their holiday enjoying Iowa’s outdoors.
Hiding Out in Union Grove

Hiding Out in Union Grove

  • 11/7/2017 2:27:00 PM
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Grab a backpack and discover this best-kept secret among Iowa’s state parks. Spend the day—or a season.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Nov. 9 in Des Moines

  • 11/3/2017 2:30:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 9, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
10 hidden surprises at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

10 hidden surprises at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

  • 10/16/2017 2:32:00 PM
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Tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, Lacey-Keosauqua is a bit of a hidden surprise in itself. But do you know about these other hidden gems, as suggested by park manager Justin Pedretti?
8 hidden surprises at Pikes Peak State Park

8 hidden surprises at Pikes Peak State Park

  • 10/9/2017 3:00:00 PM
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Pikes Peak State Park may be known for its breathtaking views along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, but do you know about these “hidden surprises” suggested by park manager Matt Tschirgi?
Congratulations Maquoketa Caves State Park

Congratulations Maquoketa Caves State Park

  • 9/5/2017 12:02:00 PM
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USA Today recently revealed their 2017 Readers’ Choice for Best Iowa Attractions, and the winner is . . . Maquoketa Caves State Park!
State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

  • 9/5/2017 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s state parks are looking for volunteers on Sept. 30 for Iowa’s first State Park Volunteer Day.  Volunteer activities will take place in 32 state parks.
Campers ready for Labor Day weekend

Campers ready for Labor Day weekend

  • 8/29/2017 12:15:00 PM
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The unofficial end of the summer holiday remains one of the more popular weekends during the peak camping season.  Most of the campsites with electricity in Iowa state parks have been snapped up for weeks ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
7 things to know before you go tent camping

7 things to know before you go tent camping

  • 8/28/2017 11:51:00 AM
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The ability to successfully go tent camping in Iowa is a rite of passage for many. Roughing it without air conditioning or electronics doesn’t need to be hard, though. This list will prepare tent campers young and old, experienced or novice, with the knowledge to have a pleasant and well-prepared for adventure.
Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

  • 8/24/2017 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro’s newest recreational area is open for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Des Moines Water Works, the City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park held a grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area located off Army Post Road, southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

  • 8/23/2017 12:00:00 PM
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 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Des Moines Water Works, City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park group, will hold a press conference for the grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area. This lake and recreational area will create many new opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to recreate and enjoy the outdoors and be close to West Des Moines and Des Moines.
Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

  • 8/22/2017 9:07:00 AM
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For many, when they step outside to enjoy Iowa’s state parks, snapping some pictures is a natural part of the journey. Explore parks all over the state by hiking, biking, relaxing lake side and experiencing extraordinary views – you can start with these 10, which are the parks posted about the most by Iowans on Instagram
Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

Iowa will be touched by the total eclipse

  • 8/17/2017 7:13:00 AM
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FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world will flock to a 70-mile wide path, stretching from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, S.C. They will be there to witness, for what most will be, a once-in-a-lifetime event – a total eclipse of the sun.
Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

Zebra mussels found in Carter Lake

  • 8/15/2017 11:00:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is watching Carter Lake after juvenile zebra mussels were recently found in a water sample collected by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff. Although veligers were detected, intensive sampling the past week did not find any adult zebra mussels.
Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

Water level to drop at Diamond Lake ahead of renovation this fall

  • 8/8/2017 12:41:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a repeat of a successful restoration effort on Diamond Lake in Dickinson County. The DNR will lower the water level in the lake through this fall and winter to eliminate problem fish.
Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

Vote now for Iowa's best attraction

  • 8/8/2017 12:29:00 PM
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Both Maquoketa Caves and Pikes Peak state parks have been picked as “best Iowa attractions” by USA TODAY for their 10Best Readers’ Choice contest currently underway.
Public meeting to discuss Kent Park Lake improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Kent Park Lake improvement plan

  • 7/18/2017 2:04:00 PM
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OXFORD- The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 25, at the Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Kent Park Lake, in Johnson County.
DNR encourages safe storage, disposal of fireworks at home

DNR encourages safe storage, disposal of fireworks at home

  • 6/29/2017 12:50:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Iowans using fireworks at home this summer should take precautions to make sure they are stored and disposed of properly, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 
Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

Lake Sugema Wildlife Area offers year round recreation

  • 6/27/2017 11:59:00 AM
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Van Buren County historian Ralph Arnold is the person responsible for naming Lake Sugema and in a twist of mystery, he refused to say what the name meant. Only upon his death in 2002 did a letter show up in the local newspaper, the Van Buren County Register, ending the mystery – according to Arnold, Sugema is a Native American word for Mosquito.
New cabin opens at Stone State Park

New cabin opens at Stone State Park

  • 6/13/2017 11:44:00 AM
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A new camping cabin is available for rent at Stone State Park in Sioux City.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. 
Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

  • 6/8/2017 10:19:00 AM
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Glamping is a marriage between the words “glamour” and “camping.” Original glampers coveted the escapism of camping with the amenities and comforts of home. It has since become a popular term among women who turn vintage campers into personalized, stylized retreats.
Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Geode State Park

Fishing regulations to be relaxed at Geode State Park

  • 6/6/2017 10:36:00 AM
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DANVILLE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Geode State Park in Henry County starting June 6, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this summer.
Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

Annual Lewis and Clark Festival this weekend

  • 6/6/2017 10:32:00 AM
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Let the Lewis and Clark Festival take you back to a time of buckskinners and exploration at its 33rd annual celebration, June 9-11. The event is held at Lewis and Clark State Park outside of Onawa in western Iowa.
June is Great Outdoors month

June is Great Outdoors month

  • 5/30/2017 1:24:00 PM
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Iowa’s 2017 summer recreation season got off to a great start with a beautiful Memorial Day weekend and there are plenty more summer days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

Girl injured in fall at Backbone State Park

  • 5/29/2017 10:30:00 AM
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BACKBONE STATE PARK -- The Iowa DNR is investigating a fall at Backbone State Park that left a girl injured on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

Public meeting to discuss Lake Geode improvement plan

  • 5/25/2017 2:31:00 PM
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DANVILLE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting at6:30 p.m., June 1, at the Linkin Center in New London, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Geode State Park in Henry County.
Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

Memorial Day weekend is nearly here

  • 5/18/2017 7:36:00 AM
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Iowa campers, picnickers and outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer. If weather continues as it has been, Iowa’s state parks will be busting at the seams. 
Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

  • 5/18/2017 7:31:00 AM
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The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is hosting an exhibition entitled “This movement for a more beautiful Iowa”: The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iowa's State Parks Act, signed into law on April 12, 1917.
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