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Maple Syruping
Smith Wildlife Area
March 25, 10:00-2:00
March 26, Noon-3:00

Hey! Do you smell that sweet smell in the air mixed with the mud on your boots? Did you taste that sugary sap dripping from the trees? Can you hear those geese honking and the wood ducks zipping over? Do your muscles ache from carrying full buckets of sap? Come down to the shack to experience most if not all of these things and probably more. It's seriously one of the best places. It's great for kids and adults!

You can find us at the Cozy Grove Sugar Shack at Smith Wildlife Area. Join us to learn the process of turning maple sap into syrup the old-school way. We've been doing this for 70+ years and have the original tools to prove it. Stop down for a tour and to flex your muscles and help out.

Smith Wildlife Area is located 3 miles south of Algona on HWY 169. From the north look for the brown "Smith Wildlife Area" sign and turn east on a gravel lane. From the south look for a red POW museum sign (turn east directly at the sign). Follow the lane to a parking area and walk a half mile down a hill to the shack. Be prepared for uneven ground and walking up and down hills that could become slick as snow melts. Please call 515-295-2138 with questions or for more information. Don't miss visiting one of Iowa's premier maple syrup operations!

Hunter Edcuation Course
Water's Edge Nature Center
Tuesday, April 18
Thursday, April 20
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Izaak Walton League
Saturday, April 22
8:00-3:00 p.m.

A Hunter Education Course has been scheduled for this spring. To receive certification, participants must attend all three sessions. The class is offered to anyone 12 years of age, or older, free of charge. The course will cover firearm handling and safety, wildlife management, ethics, and various other topics. Live shooting will be offered as part of the class. The course is sponsored by the Kossuth County Conservation Board. Pre-registration is required for the course. Students must register online by clicking here. A manual must also be picked up at the nature center prior to the class. The deadline to register online and pick up a manual is Friday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. For more information contact the Water's Edge Nature Center at 515-295-2138.