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      Wapello County Conservation Board encourages outdoor exploring this summer

      It boasts just under a thousand of acres of land and provides hours of free outdoor entertainment.

      The Pioneer Ridge Nature Center is just one of 11 areas the Wapello County Conservation Board owns and manages. It is the by far the largest of those areas.

      The board encourages those old and young to come out and explore everything the nature center has to offer and to put away the electronics this summer.

      ??We??ve got our 15 miles of track that's heavily used by horseback riders. People that like to get out and mountain bike, it's a wonderful place, very challenging. And we'd like to see more of that type of use, bikers too. And it??s regarded as one of the better bird observing areas in this region. So those people that like to get out and photograph and see and hear birds and that type of thing it's wonderful. It's a great place to be and we strongly encourage that kind of use,?? said Kurt Baker, Wapello County Conservation Board.

      The nature center offers a variety of children??s programs throughout the center for toddler age all the way up to 10 years old. For more information call (641) 682-3091.