*Autumn Foliage in the Loess Hills

Dates: October 11, 2018

Meets: Th from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Location: SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

Registration Fee: $92.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Requirement: moderate walking

Experience the brilliant red sumac, rustic burr oak, and golden maples as you go on a breathtaking ride through the unique Loess Hills, named one of America’s 10 most outstanding Scenic Byways. The outstanding prairie and forest-covered bluffs draw people from around the world. This fun filled day includes a visit to an apple orchard, a country church, a keelboat ride, and panoramic scenic views. Bring your camera and/or binoculars along. Begin at Hitchcock State Park Nature Center in Honey Creek, IA. It provides refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Enjoy an educational presentation about birds of prey and learn about Hitchcock’s Hawk Watch program. Lovely views exist from the center’s balcony. There’s also a 100ft observation tower for your enjoyment. Afterwards, we’ll meet our step-on guide for the day. The Loess Hills State Forrest Visitor Center in Pisgah, IA will be our final morning destination before savoring a delicious home-cooked meal at noon which includes: a main entree, au gratin potatoes, vegetable and fruit salads, rolls, homemade desserts, and beverage - arranged by a local church in Moorhead, IA.

A special stop will be at Lewis & Clark State Park in Onawa, IA. View a full-sized reproduction of Lewis and Clark’s Keelboat/barge which was constructed by Butch Bouvier of L & C Replicas. Take an exciting boat ride in a working keelboat, weather permitting. The museum next to Blue Lake offers visitors the ability to see each of the vessels from the Lewis and Clark Expedition including a keelboat, two piroques, a dug-out canoe, the Iron Boat, and bull boat. Later, our step-on guide will lead us to lookout sites surrounded by dramatic ridges on the north, south and west. Observe breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged hills, foliage, and flora including yucca plants and native flowers in the Loess Hills prairie. This area has a colorful history. Small’s Fruit Farm is our next fun stop. Their orchards cling to the slopes and high ground of the Loess Hills near Mondamin. Small’s Farm situated in “Apple Orchard Country” is a fifth-generation orchard. Browse through the fresh produce in the Sales Barn and sample apple cider. Fruit pie ala mode and coffee will be served in the Pie Parlor!

Cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, church luncheon, step-on guide, Hitchcock Center, keelboat demo, and pie ala mode with coffee at Small’s Fruit Farm. Bring money for any shopping purchases. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center; please park in the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 7:00 p.m. Sorry no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within 7 days of the trip. Trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.

Notes:

Moderate walking required. Cost paid to MCC includes bus transportation, church luncheon, step-on guide, Hitchcock Center, keelboat demo, and pie ala mode with coffee at Small’s Fruit Farm. Bring money for any shopping purchases. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. from MCC’s Sarpy Center; please park in the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 7:00 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within 7 days of the trip. Must be 18 or older.
Fee: $92.00
Hours:11.50
CEUs:1.15

SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

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