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Get Outdoors on a Little Tike Hike this April

Posted on 3/25/2021
by Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Spring has sprung so get outdoors & enjoy some time in nature at Hitchcock Nature Center & Botna Bend Park during this special, self-guided event designed for our youngest nature lovers.

Looking for a great, socially distanced activity to get your family outdoors? Join us each month at Hitchcock Nature Center & at Botna Bend Park for our self-guided Little Tike Hikes! Hit the trails to explore nature & used posted activities to interact with the world around you. Activities are designed for learners age 3 to 5 but are great for anyone who wants to take a few minutes to look at nature in a new way. Each hike is out & back style, with activities posted along a .25 to .3 mile section of trail, making it a .5 to .6 mile round-trip hike that is very kid friendly. Touching nature is encouraged!

Hikes are available at Hitchcock Nature Center each month, kicking off on the first Saturday of the month & lasting 10 days. Hikers are welcome to participate anytime during regular park hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Click Here for Information on our April Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center, available April 3rd through 12th. 

Guests at Botna Bend Park will have a full month to enjoy their Little Tike Hike adventure. Activities are posted on the first Saturday of the month & remain up until the last day of the month for your enjoyment. Visit anytime during regular park hours of 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Click Here for Information on our April Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park, available April 3rd through 30th. 

These events are completely free with paid admission or a current Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership. Park admission to Hitchcock Nature Center is $5.00 per vehicle & admission to Botna Bend Park is $3.00 per vehicle. This admission fee covers your park use for the entire day! Want to learn more about that Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership? Click here for details!

To make your visit the best it can possibly be we recommend wearing weather appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, & closed toe shoes are always your best choice when hiking. As the weather warms up you will want to bring water & maybe a snack to enjoy, just remember to carry out your trash please.  Finally, don't forget the sunblock & the bug spray, they will come in very handy!

Getting outdoors is important. Click the links below for more details on the positive impact nature has on your health & academic success.

Nature Can Improve Health & Well Being

Nature Can Improve Academic Outcomes

 

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