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Enjoying the beauty of nature

June 7, 2015
Estherville News

The Emmet County Conservation Board, Director and Naturalist along with volunteers work hard to educate and provide the public with all the beauty nature has to offer.

Visitors can stop out to the 4,400 square foot Emmet County Nature Center and learn about the great outdoors or ask questions about any of the number of parks as well as wildlife located on the thousands of acres of preserve. The public is encouraged to participate in conservation, educational and recreational opportunities the Nature Center has to offer throughout the summer.

The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Saturdays.

Thinking about planting trees, but do not know which ones to plant? Then perhaps you should stop by the Wolden Arboretum, located near Wolden Recreational Area and the Nature Center.

The arboretum sits on two acres and includes over 50 different species of trees.

Interested in hiking, bird watching, or looking for the perfect picnicking area?

Ringham Habitat Area is the place for you. Sitting on 76 acres of timbers and native prairie vegetation located three miles north of Estherville near the West Fork Des Moines River, this area includes developed hiking trails, a bird watching station and even Indian Burial Mounds.

Love history?

The Peterson Point Historic Farmstead includes 40 acres on High Lake and includes historic farmstead buildings and is on the National Register for Historic Places. Visitors can call ahead for guided tours of the house and farmstead. Surrounding the farmstead are developed trails and a great area to stop for a picnic. To arrange a tour call the Nature Center at 712-867-4422.

With so many wonderful opportunities and adventures offered, it would be a shame not to visit the Emmet County Nature Center and parks this summer.



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