|Mary Ann Siems, Judy, Wayne, Robbie, and Mayzie Slezak passed out Western brochures and coloring books to participants of Family Day.|
The sights and sounds of nature were enjoyed by families of the Iowa City, IA area at Bur Oak Land Trust's Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Families were able to sieve Turkey Creek for critters, participate in scavenger hunting, and try out birding. They also learned about different trees and plants. Youth were given a new shirt featuring local artwork.
Two educators from University of Iowa wildlife camps and the Taproot Nature Experience were there to guide youth explorations of Turkey Creek. They brought nets, microscopes, and an aquarium to inspect the wildlife up close. One educator even had recordings of bird songs, talons from various birds, and explained how the features of birds make flight possible.
Three members and four volunteers of Four Hundred No. 400, Swisher, IA, assisted at the event by manning a booth where they passed out Western brochures and coloring books.
"The guests have a really great time and nice weather. We really appreciate the support of Western to help with Family Day," commented No. 400 member and Bur Oak Land Trust Executive Director Tammy Wright.
Members in Action helped fund the educators, provided portable toilets, and cookies and water for guests. "When I saw the opportunity, I talked to the lodge and applied for funding. It worked out really nice," Wright commented.
The next Bur Oak Land Trust event is September 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Belgum Groove (3261 500th Street SW (F62), Iowa City, IA). Bur Oak Land Trust's mission is to protect and conserve the natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations More information can be found at www.buroaklandtrust.org.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.