SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Dorothy Peacaut Nature Center kicked off the statewide park initiative of “99 Counties, 99 Parks.”
State officials, conservationists, and families gathered at the nature center to celebrate the Woodbury County park on Earth Day.
The 99 Counties, 99 Parks campaign looks to highlight the many activities that are available at the county parks. They will feature one county conservation-managed park in each of Iowa’s 99 counties and highlight all the events available, including fishing, hiking, archery ranges, disc golf courses, observation towers, and more.
“We’re excited to expand awareness of our amazing county parks system,” said Tom Hazleton, CEO of Iowa’s County Conservation System. “Most people don’t realize the state has more than 1,800 county parks encompassing nearly 200,000 acres. We annually welcome about 24 million visitors, but we’re looking forward to hosting even more people this summer!”
Families are encouraged to download the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” Family Fun Guide. Available on the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” website, the guide features a variety of activities, including recipes, a scavenger hunt and art projects as well as information on geocaching and creating nature sculptures.
You can view the 99 parks by clicking here.