Hunting the elusive skunk cabbage

skunkcabbage.jpgOK, it’s not really a hunt, but the Indian Creek Nature Center has scheduled a hike Sunday, March 30, to search for skunk cabbage, one of the earliest and most unusual wildflowers. The event at 2 p.m. that day will take hikers to Bena Brook’s valley, also home to liverworts and shining club moss. The nature center notes that hikers should wear boots and be prepared for off-trail hiking through tall grass and possible mud in this search for Iowa’s seldom seen but intriguing plants.

Also this month, the center will host a burn school on Sat. March 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will learn about the history and role of fire in the prairie, how to set goals and develop burn plans, safe techniques for prescribed fires, fire equipment and how to conduct a prairie burn. 

The burn school cost is $10 for members and $15 for people who are not members of the nature center. The skunk cabbage hike is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (319) 362-0664.


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    Gerry Jones said,

    I’m from Iowa and didn’t realize that there were skunk cabbages back there. I now live in Washington State and we certainly have a lot of them. Not knowing what skunk cabbages were, I struck by the beauty of them and put some in the trunk of our car. Needless to say, shortly after we were on the road again, we had to dispose of them. These were right along the road we were on and everyone could enjoy them. They knew what they were though.

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