Hartman Reserve Nature Center is located in the Black Hawk County. John C. Hartman was a local writer and wildlife enthusiast from the Waterloo area. He initially purchased the land for a YMCA in 1938 and established the reserve to observe wild animals. After nearly 40 years, Black Hawk County Conservation Board purchased the land from the YMCA and created two lakes to support the reserve.
The reserve is an excellent place to visit for all wildlife enthusiasts and hosts a large variety of wildlife including deer, otter turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, foxes, and bald eagles. The reserve helps teach young kids about nature through hands-on experiences and activities. The primary focus is to establish awareness regarding ecosystems with the new generation while preserving the wildlife in the area. One way they bring people and nature together is through snowshoeing.
What you can expect from the event
Snowshoeing offers a unique experience for new and experienced people alike. Interest in snowshoeing has spiked in the recent years. As a part of the Winter Snowshoeing event at the Cedar Rapids Games, there is a variety of 5k and 10k races. There are various categories including Junior and Senior Snowshoe National Championships, along with female and male segments with age divisions. The winter event will happen on different snow surfaces like single track, packed and powder.
There is also a family special event, a 2-mile family hike through the snow. The event provides an excellent family experience of snowshoeing. Medals will be awarded in Olympic style for each division. All participants, who are under the age of nine, will get a participation medal.
Ticket: The registration fee for early entrants is $25. The final registration should be done by January 19, 2015. On-site entries are $25 per person. Family Fun Hike is $15 per family (online only).
Event Date: January 24, 2015 at 9 am. The family fun hike will begin by 9.15 am.
Hartman Reserve Nature Center,
657 Reserve Dr.,
Come and experience the snowshoeing event with your friends and family!
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