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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 15, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Western Historic Trails Center offers free summer day camps

Youth camp registration deadline is June 10

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center is offering free summer day camps for youths ages 7-11, with registrations due in person by June 10, 2009. Contact Teressa Sward at teressa.sward@iowa.gov or 712-366-4900 for more information.

Funded in part by a Promise Partners 2009 Neighborhood Networking Grant, the day camps focus on history, nature and environmental activities. Following is the day camp schedule:

June 24, 2009
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Seek out Iowa’s Feathered Friends! – Learn to identify Iowa birds, and find out where they live and what they eat.

June 26, 2009
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Pellets, Poop and Prints – You may not always see wildlife but you know they have been here by the “signs” they leave behind.

July 15, 2009
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Explore Iowa/Create Your Dream Vacation – Learn the wonderful things to do in Iowa through Iowa Travel Guide, Map and Calendar of Events.

July 18, 2009
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
What Lives in Iowa’s Ponds and Rivers? – Find out what lives in Iowa ponds and along the Missouri River. How healthy is our pond water and what we can do to improve water quality?

July 29, 2009
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
As the Worm Turns! – Worms are natural recyclers. How do they recycle and what can we learn from them? Build your own worm home.

In addition, WHTC will present Living History Weekend Family Fun at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m., July 25-26, 2009, in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark White Catfish Camp Living History Weekend. Admission is free and open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult during this event.

WHTC has volunteer opportunities available for youth, adult, senior and family volunteers. A volunteer information meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. May 23, 2009, at WHTC, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call WHTC at 712-366-4900 for more information.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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