A Look Back

Adventurous Trails and New Beginnings

We kicked off the season with an exciting adventure hike that introduced our new backpack rentals, enabling everyone to explore nature a little more comfortably.

Gratitude and Gatherings

Thanksgiving brought us together in appreciation for nature's wonders and the community that makes Starr's Cave special.

Engaging Young Minds

Our after-school program, PIECES, has been running consistently, offering valuable learning experiences every Tuesday and Wednesday, sprinkled with delightful Saturday field trips.

Expanding Our Horizons

A significant milestone was achieved as we acquired 19.4 acres adjacent to Hickory Bend Recreation Area. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked a new chapter in our commitment to preserving and enriching these natural spaces.

Spotlight on Wildlife

We showcased Jules, the western fox snake, in our "Meet A Wild Animal" program, and the enthusiastic response even landed us on the front page of the Hawkeye Newspaper.

Strategic Planning for a Better Tomorrow

Our dedicated staff engaged in an all-day meeting, brainstorming ways to enhance our major annual events and elevate the experiences we offer to our community.

Celebrating with Cocoa and Conservation

National Hot Cocoa Day was a delightful celebration filled with warmth and conversation as a dozen nature enthusiasts gathered at Starr's Cave.

What's Ahead?

Holiday Closures

As the holiday spirit takes over, please note that Starr's Cave will be closed on December 25th and 26th.

Winter Camp

From December 27th to 29th, we invite you to join us for Winter Camp, where the wonders of nature meet the magic of the season.

Spring Program Sign-Up

Mark your calendars for January 4th, 2024! It's the time for teachers to sign up their classes for field trips or kit rentals. Additionally, we eagerly await your requests for public programming. Is there a specific topic or activity you'd love to explore? Maybe an adventure in Des Moines County Parks that you've been dreaming about? Let us know!

Join Us in the Experience!

As we embrace the beauty of winter and look forward to the new year, Starr's Cave Environmental Education Center remains committed to fostering a deeper connection with nature for all. Your suggestions, participation, and enthusiasm continue to drive us forward in our mission.

Let's keep the spirit of exploration and learning alive as we journey through this season together!

Stay warm, stay curious, and stay connected with nature, Marcus Nack Starr's Cave Environmental Nature Center

published Monday, December 18, 2023

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