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Stay safe outdoors in hot weather

Stay safe outdoors in hot weather

  • 6/12/2018 1:51:00 PM
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There are many adventure-packed, outdoor summer activities to do in the sun, but it is crucial for your safety to know the proper precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Flooding causes closure of state park

Flooding causes closure of state park

  • 6/10/2018 2:02:00 PM
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WATERLOO, Iowa – Heavy rains from this weekend have caused flooding of the Cedar River; therefore, George Wyth State Park will be closing Sunday at 6:00 pm.
Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

  • 5/11/2018 12:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet via teleconference at 7:30 a.m. on May 16. The meeting will originate from the fourth-floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

  • 5/8/2018 10:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s 2018 reported spring turkey harvest is approaching 9,300 birds. Last year, hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys. Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season ends May 20.
Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

  • 5/4/2018 2:23:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on May 10, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Storms cause park flooding, closures

Storms cause park flooding, closures

  • 5/4/2018 2:18:00 PM
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Heavy rains overnight have forced the closure of George Wyth State Park and portions of Dolliver State Park.
Get Ready for Camping Kick-Off Weekend, May 4-6

Get Ready for Camping Kick-Off Weekend, May 4-6

  • 4/24/2018 11:23:00 AM
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As Iowans excitedly anticipate warmer temperatures, state park staff are getting ready for the start of the 2018 camping season. Iowa State Parks will officially launch the camping season during the first weekend in May with its annual Camping Kick-Off Celebration.
Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

  • 4/6/2018 1:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

Family trout fishing event Saturday at Summerset Park

  • 4/3/2018 12:12:00 PM
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INDIANOLA – A family trout fishing event will be held at Banner Lake South at Summerset Park, north of Indianola, this Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 1,400 rainbow trout.
Volunteers invited to state park spring clean-up events

Volunteers invited to state park spring clean-up events

  • 4/3/2018 12:09:00 PM
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Several Iowa state parks are hosting spring clean-up events to get ready for the summer season this April and May. Events will be tailored to each park’s needs and could include activities such as litter and branch pick-up, painting, trail work, and clipping back limbs and plants.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/27/2018 12:05:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit in Sac, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties.
Iowa State Parks partnering with Farrell’s for defensive technique training

Iowa State Parks partnering with Farrell’s for defensive technique training

  • 3/27/2018 10:51:00 AM
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WAUKEE - About 70 Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks staff will take part in a hands-on tactical training hosted by Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Waukee, on March 28. The event is part of an overall training curriculum to help park staff hone safety, fitness and verbal compliance techniques.
Pilot Knob State Park Hosting “Back to Basics” Outdoor Skills Class

Pilot Knob State Park Hosting “Back to Basics” Outdoor Skills Class

  • 3/20/2018 11:53:00 AM
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For those interested in learning outdoor skills that go “back to the basics,” join DNR Park Ranger Michael Strauser and volunteer instructors at a one-day class at Pilot Knob State Park near Forest City, on Sat., April 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 8 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 8 in Des Moines

  • 3/2/2018 1:57:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m. on March 8, in the fourth-floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
DNR public meeting on construction projects postponed

DNR public meeting on construction projects postponed

  • 1/22/2018 2:40:00 PM
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Wahpeton, Iowa - A public meeting to discuss construction plans in the Gull Point State Park Complex originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 has been postponed until Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Iowa Lakeside Lab Mahan Hall in Wahpeton.
DNR to discuss construction projects at public meeting

DNR to discuss construction projects at public meeting

  • 1/12/2018 3:03:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 23, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Lab Mahan Hall in Wahpeton, IA to discuss construction plans in the Gull Point State Park Complex.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

  • 1/11/2018 10:42:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 17, in the Wallace State Office Building, second floor north conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 1/9/2018 11:48:00 AM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
DNR to discuss tree harvesting at public meeting

DNR to discuss tree harvesting at public meeting

  • 1/3/2018 2:13:00 PM
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Woods State Park Lodge in West Des Moines to discuss a planned tree harvest.
All First Day Hikes for Jan. 1, 2018 Canceled Due to Frigid Temperatures

All First Day Hikes for Jan. 1, 2018 Canceled Due to Frigid Temperatures

  • 12/29/2017 2:25:00 PM
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DES MOINES – With temperatures predicted to dip well below zero, the Iowa DNR has decided to cancel First Day Hikes at 27 state parks scheduled for New Year’s Day. “While it’s a great disappointment to us to cancel this event, the safety of park visitors comes first,” said Todd Coffelt, State Parks Bureau Chief. “We know that frost bite can set in fairly quickly at those cold temperatures, so we are using caution in making this decision.”
Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

Join a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day

  • 12/27/2017 11:20:00 AM
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DES MOINES – What’s the best way to spend New Year’s Day? Take a First Day Hike in one of 27 participating Iowa state parks! Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.  
Geode State Park restoration project underway

Geode State Park restoration project underway

  • 12/27/2017 11:11:00 AM
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DANVILLE – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin renovations at Geode State Park this winter to improve water quality at Lake Geode and enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the park.
Save the Date: Spend January 1st on a First Day Hike in a State Park

Save the Date: Spend January 1st on a First Day Hike in a State Park

  • 12/12/2017 1:06:00 PM
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DES MOINES - Free, guided hikes will take place in 26 Iowa state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's First Day Hikes initiative. Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks.  
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?
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