Fall Adventures at Swiss Valley

          Fall programming at Swiss Valley Nature Center include The Great Swiss Gnome Hunt on Friday, November 27th at 10:00 a.m. This Black Friday event is perfect for Thanksgiving Day weekend. The Swiss Valley staff explains: “Every year Swiss Valley staff report sightings of tiny men in red hats hiding out in nooks and crannies along the trails of the preserve. Gnomes are known to be highly skilled wood workers and deeply care for nature. That may be why they are found here. It’s been long said that garden gnomes are nocturnal creatures being timid and afraid of humans. They freeze during the day in hopes that no one can see them, much like rabbits do. Or perhaps they keep moseying around, it’s hard to say. You’ll have to come and discover for yourself. Keep a safe physical distance of six feet or more from all gnomes, as well as other humans who are not a part of your group. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t find every gnome in each setting. After all, they might scamper around and try to hide from you!” This program is sponsored by the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation Board.

          Last week the Nature Center held its annual Halloween Hike. This year’s theme was focused on Scooby Doo, who was fighting off invasive species.

           Good family fun can be found outdoors. Check out the Swiss Valley Event Calendar for opportunities to share with your family or to volunteer to be a part of this imaginative organization having fun outdoors!

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