Season of Fun: Driftless Safari begins this weekend
Friday, May 23, 2014 12:15 PM
Are you looking for an adventure? The 2014 Driftless Safari will begin Memorial Day weekend!
Join in and get ready for a season spent exploring some of the natural, cultural, and historic treasures of Winneshiek County!
Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt spread all across Winneshiek County and runs from Memorial Day until Halloween. The free program is open to anyone that loves to explore and wants to experience the many unique places that Winneshiek County offers.
Participants are given a guidebook and map featuring 20 unique sites in the county, all highlighting a unique natural, historical, or cultural place. Once at a site, participants follow clues in the guidebook to find a wooden post with a special tile from which participants can make a crayon rubbing in their guidebook as proof of their visit. Every guidebook page provides information about the site, gives tips on what clothing or gear might be appropriate for that location, and offers ideas for fun activities to do while there.
“The Safari sites can be visited in any order,” says Lilly Jensen, Driftless Safari Coordinator, “and we suggest that you keep your guidebooks and maps handy in a car, purse, or backpack so you’re always ready to go on a quick Safari while out and about. Some of the sites are accessible by walking, biking, or even canoeing, and we encourage participants to use these and other ways of green transportation—like carpooling—when on Safari.”
Participants who are able to visit 15 (or more!) of the 20 Safari sites can return to their library to be entered in a drawing for one of several great prizes.
The 2014 Driftless Safari features many new sites, so even those who have participated in previous years have a whole new adventure in front of them. “Once again, we’ve selected a wide variety of Safari sites, everything from city and county parks to museums and historic sites to wildlife management areas. We hope that we introduce participants to some unique places in Winneshiek County that they may not have been familiar with before,” says Jensen.
To participate in Driftless Safari, visit any public library in Winneshiek County to pick up a free map and guidebook. Materials will be available beginning Friday, May 23, so adventures can begin over the long Memorial Day weekend. Winneshiek County public libraries include Calmar Public Library (101 S. Washington St.), Decorah Public Library (202 Winnebago Street), Fort Atkinson Public Library (302 3rd St. NW), Ossian Public Library (123 West Main Street), and Spillville Public Library (201 Oak Street).
The purpose of the Driftless Safari program is to help residents of and visitors to Winneshiek County engage in healthful physical activity, to increase awareness of and connectedness to the natural, historical, and cultural environments of Winneshiek County, and to foster a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship in participants.
The 2014 Driftless Safari is made possible by the generous support of the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College, Upper Iowa Audubon, the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, the Winneshiek County Conservation Board, and several other additional local businesses and organization.
Further information on the Driftless Safari program can be found at driftless-safari.org or by calling 563- 534-7145.