Plenty of girls can relate to Frances Hamerstrom’s problem of being boy-obsessed in college.
Even though Hamerstrom attended Smith College in Massachusetts in the 1920s, her issues were very modern. She actually became so obsessed with boys that she flunked out after two years.
What sets her story apart though is that not only did she fail out because of her interest in boys but also because of her interest in birds. However, that interest turned out to be a good one, because it led her to her career.
Hamerstrom went back to school in the 1930s and obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Iowa State University in Ames, and she later became the first female graduate student to study under famed conservationist Aldo Leopold.
Learn all about Hamerstrom, her mentor Leopold and other famous Iowa conservationists Ada Hayden and John Lacey during the Earth Day Celebration 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.
While you hear from actors portraying these wonderful naturalists, you also get to sip on West O beer, Little Swan Lake Winery wines or fun non-alcoholic cocktails while strolling through the Kenue Park prairie.
The event will begin at 3:45 p.m., with local mayors signing a proclamation for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Prairie tours will begin at 4 p.m. Just stop inside the nature center and purchase a souvenir glass for $7 if you would like to sample alcohol (must be 21 years of age or older) or a glass for $5 if you would like the non-alcoholic beverages. Children ages 4 and younger are free.
Each tour will take approximately one hour, and motorized transportation for visitors with a handicap will be available.
While you’re waiting for your tour group, enjoy a large book sale and kids' activities inside the nature center, or take a look around the Nature Store.
At 6:45 p.m., a dedication for “The Birder” sculpture, created in memory of LaVonne Foote, will be held outside the nature center.
The final prairie tour will begin at 7 p.m.
All ages are welcome at the Earth Day Celebration, which will be held entirely indoors in the case of inclement weather. For more information about the Earth Day Celebration or to volunteer your time at the event, visit our website or call 712-336-6352.