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Can you see it? 📷 This American Bittern was spotted at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt this morning! Look for them in shallow freshwater marshes, typically toward the margins and among reeds and other vegetation. American Bitterns are rarely out in the open. #LeadingYouOutdoors
The first sign of spring? You wouldn't know it by the weather! 📷 Goose Berry beginning to leaf out at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. 🌿 #LeadingYouOutdoors
I think that the #eagles #grayslakepark enjoy watching the sunset and the #migration just as much as I do.
Each week we will be revealing a new exhibit element that will be on display inside the Jester Park Nature Center on the nature center's Facebook page! 🌾 Here's a look at a fox den that will be well hidden within the prairie exhibit. #GatewayToTheOutdoors
The best healthcare decision you can make is investing in prevention - and we agree that time in nature provides some of the greatest health benefits. #nationalhealthcaredecisionsday
Prescribed spring burnings are currently happening within our parks and trails. Don't be alarmed if you see fire! You will most likely see PCC Natural Resource crews near it. 🔥 #LeadingYouOutdoors
Cold air, dark night, warm fire, and bright stars. ☄⛺🔥 We're ready for camping season! How about you? | Thanks for capturing this blissful campfire moment! 📸@kelsey_kremer #LeadingYouOutdoors
Is it safe to say that it's finally warming up? We were beginning to think snow was the new norm this spring! ❄🌳🌼 Time to get outside.📸@sistabethasis #LeadingYouOutdoors
Did you know that the number one source of surface water pollution by volume in Iowa is soil erosion? 🏞 Soil erodes into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes, causing many problems. Row crop farming, planting crops too close to rivers and streams without the benefits of filterstrips, and allowing grazing livestock access to waterways are primary sources of soil erosion, but erosion isn't just limited to agriculture. Road construction and building sites in towns are often sources of heavy runoff as well. #LeadingYouOutdoors
It’s the never ending winter....is anyone else craving spring?!?
Nature is such a wonderous thing. Take a look at this frozen sap coming out of a River Birch at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. 🌳 #LeadingYouOutdoors
Wondering what is going on over at Easter Lake? Follow @easterlake_watershedproject or visit our website to read about our bond projects [link in profile]. 📸 @randykasal #LeadingYouOutdoors
Beautiful Iowa sunset. #iowaparks
Spur of the moment trip to NE Iowa with my favorite adventures, @hawlsey12 and @allisandamos_thedoggos . Visited Pikes Peak State Park and Effigy Mounds National Monument. Couldn't go that far north without popping across the border to Wisconsin for some Spotted Cow and cheese curds. Drove through Yellow River State Forest on the way home. #spottedcow #newglarus #cheesecurds #pikespeakstatepark #effigymounds #prairieduchien #mcgregoriowa #marquetteiowa #yellowriver #dogsthathike #hikingiowa #iowahiking #iowastateparks #iowaparks #labsofinstagram #myfavoritefiance #subaru #subaruimpreza
Holly: "stop...we must stare down those the large speed rabbits."🦌 Me: "no, leave them be" Holly: "I have no legs now" Me...😐 Holly...🙄 #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #lovebordercollies #lovemydog #floof #tripawdwarrior #tripawd #tripawdsofinstagram #deer #iowa #iowaparks #getoutside #dogwalk #lovemytripawd #holly #nighttime #spring
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt is home to a swamp white oak savanna which is a very rare ecosystem only found in a few places in Iowa. 📷 Frost on a Swamp White Oak [Quercus bicolor] ❄🌳 #LeadingYouOutdoors
We can relate to KC [pictured], this weather can stop! But it doesn't look like it's stopping them from exploring! 🐶❄ Thanks for capturing this fun moment at Yellow Banks Park 📸 @theadventuresofhazelandkc #LeadingYouOutdoors
Have you seen this darker male Mallard around Discovery Pond at Jester Park? His dark coloring is due to Melanism, a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages - the opposite of albinism. Isn't he beautiful?! #LeadingYouOutdoors
Today, we got to hang out with North Polk Middle School art classes as they drew pictures relating to conservation for the Jester Park Nature Center art sculpture. The sculpture [example pictured] will have scenes on each ring depicting wetlands, prairies, woodlands, and conservation all drawn by these middle schoolers! This sculpture will be displayed right at the entrance of the nature center. How cool?! #GatewayToTheOutdoors
Happy Monday! Can you name these animal tracks? We will post the answer in the comments below later this afternoon! 🐾 #LeadingYouOutdoors
Although we are all itching to get out on the trails, a friendly reminder as your weekend begins from our friends at @citatrails : Even with warmer temps being in the forecast, lows at night and into the mornings are still below freezing. This means we are currently in the freeze-thaw cycle — through which the ground rids itself of winter moisture — and trail conditions likely remain soft and wet. Interrupting them, such as mountain biking, can delay drying of the soil and ruin the quality of trails. This is especially true at Sycamore Trail. Practice LNT while exploring! @leavenotracecenter
Simply amazing! Just look at all of the snow geese! 📸 by Adam Atkinson at Jester Park near the Mile Long Bridge. He said you could hear their wings flapping as they took flight. #LeadingYouOutdoors
It was a frosty morning over at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt! What PCC park(s) or trail(s) are you visiting over Spring Break? #LeadingYouOutdoors
Before settlement, the rich woodlands of Iowa's past provided a unique habitat for animals such as black bear, elk, and wolves. 📸 This gorgeous photo by @jloydphotography • Thank you for capturing moments like this in our parks! #LeadingYouOutdoors
Am I to turtley, for the tuurtle club #turtles #iowaadventures #iowaparks
If you want to see a shooting star, you might have to spend a lot of nights looking up. ~Cynthia Lewis A meteor blazes across the night sky as the seven sisters, the Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus look on above Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area . . . . #nightsky #ig_nightphotography #astrophotography #nightscape #fs_longexpo #rsa_night #starrynight #neverstopexploring #longexposure_shots #night_shooterz #ig_ #weownthenight_ig #tv_longexposure #loves_longexposure #nightshooters #iowadnr #iowaparklands #iowaparks #iowascape #captureiowa #onlyiniowa #shootingstars #meteors
All loaded up and ready to take over to the lakes Saturday, and maybe even Sunday if the weather behaves. 12 brand new kayaks and a paddle board to try. If you’ve always wanted to see if you would like kayaking, come on out to Quarry Springs Outfitters this weekend. We’re trying to get this season started. All lakes are clear of ice and the channel between the west and east lakes is open. 240 acres on clean water and good fishing. #quarryspringsoutfitters #tiffanyvalene #quarryspringspark #rtmkayaks #iowafishing #iowaparks #centraliowaoutdoors #desmoinesoutdoors
This was all that was left in a patch of purple daisies at Big Creek last fall. * * * * * #Withered #Flower #Daisy #BigCreek #IowaParks #IowaFlower #StateParks #CentralIowa #AroundIowa #LocalPark
How do you feel about waking up to another snow covered day? It's safe to say we can relate to this guy! 📸 Walter Rollman #LeadingYouOutdoors
Is this your cat pose? Not sure what I’m taking about? Join me at 5:30 tonight for Power Yoga at CRWC. #poweryoga #catpose #yogawithcats #notreallywithcats #denisefit #harderslove #midwestheart
The first 5 minutes waking up are always the worst, but the scenery I was rewarded with this morning made it all worth it. This was taken at Banner Lakes, Summerset State Park. #bannerlakesatsummersetstatepark #indianola #indianolaiowa #iowa #traveliowa #highlightiowa #thisisiowa #onlyiniowa #iowafarmer #iowaparks #stiffupperlens #midwestlife #midwestmoment #theoutdoors #outdoorlife #iowalife #sunrise #lakes #exploreiowa #countrysunrise #riseandshine #wakeup
Super beautiful March weekend and this toddler is learning how to run! Crazy? Kinda. But we can’t deny he’s swift, competitive, and persistent- finding joy and independence in going “so fast”. So here we are “training” for the #grandbluemile . Oliver’s running tip: always have a playground at the end of your run. #sweetreward #toddlerlife #drakerelays #iowa #iowaparks #momlife #parenting #running #runnersofinstagram #firsttimer #kids #momlife #saturday #sunshine
Happy first day of March! Here's a little bit of green to help with that spring fever! 📷 Bryophytes (moss) on a Swamp White Oak at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. #LeadingYouOutdoors
Lunch pit stop at Mines of Spain state park in Dubuque.
PCC Naturalist, Heidi, showing off the mammoth tusk! Can you imagine the size of a mammoth back then?! #GatewayToTheOutdoors
We just unboxed the replica of a mammoth tusk that will be on display at the Jester Park Nature Center! More photos to come! #LeadingYouOutdoors
The mass migration of snow geese and greater white fronted geese is moving through Iowa right now! Thousands of birds on Saylorville Lake today! #leadingyououtdoors
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George Carlin . . . #iowadnr #iowaviews #iowagrams #iowawinter #iowaparklands #iowaparks #moonnight #moonphotography #captureiowa #capture_iowa #iowagram #pleasantcreekstatepark
Did you attend the Bald Eagle Watch this weekend? S.O.A.R. released a female juvenile red-tailed hawk at Jester Park during the program! Such a wonderful thing to experience! #LeadingYouOutdoors
It's Friday already?! What are your plans? Tell us in the comments below! 📸 @twodogsandajeep #LeadingYouOutdoors
We had an awesome turnout for the antler shed hunt this past weeekend! Thanks to everyone who joined in! Were you there? #LeadingYouOutdoors
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. ~John Muir . Second attempt at filming Orion’s Nebula. Such amazing wonders in the night sky! . . . #nightsky #ig_nightphotography #astrophotography #nightscape #longexpoelite #rsa_night #starrynight #neverstopexploring #longexposure_shots #night_shooterz #ig_masterpiece #longexpo #nightphotography _ #nikon_photography #weownthenight_ig #nightshooters #pleasantcreekstatepark #captureiowa #onlyiniowa #iowadnr #iowaparks
Park user and photographer @bryanconley captured this beautiful shot of our elk herd at Jester Park on a snow covered day. 🌨 We love seeing photos you take of our parks and trails, so don't forget to tag us! #LeadingYouOutdoors
Golden snowdrift waves flow through riverside parkland.
Grab your someone special and get outside today! 💗 Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at PCC! #LeadingYouOutdoors
The Hoot Owl of Yellow River State Forest. #owl #hootowl #yellowriverforest #iowa #iowaparks #drawing #sketchbook #camping
Wondering if trails at Jester Park are groomed? They sure are! Don't let the cold stop you from going on a snowy adventure 🎿 #LeadingYouOutdoors
Iowa, where the Buffalo roam . . . . . #buffalo #bison #iowaparks #iowa #midwest #iowswinter #naturephotography
Check out these Pileated Woodpecker holes! How do we know this? Note how large and close to the ground they are. Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest woodpecker on the continent. They're nearly the size of a crow! #LeadingYouOutdoors
Happy snowy Monday from Jester Park! 🌨
The elk herd at Jester Park grew just a few weeks ago! Here they are getting acquainted. Be on the lookout this spring, as we could be seeing new babies! #LeadingYouOutdoors
Wildcat Den this fall-I’d love to go back during the spring thaw! #iowa #hikeiowa #iowaparks #iowastatepark #wildcatden #hikingwithkids
Did you attend the Bald Eagle Watch this weekend? If so, then you got the chance to see this gorgeous National Emblem! The bald eagle has a wingspan of 8 ft and can dive up to 100 mph to catch a fish from the water! 📷 by Lee Navin #LeadingYouOutdoors . . . #BaldEagle #BirdsOfInstagram #NationalEmblem #Eagle #AmericanBaldEagle #NatureIsCool #Conservation #HelpUsSaveThem #Iowa #ig_Iowa #MidwestMoment #CatchDSM #PolkCountyIowa #Photography
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