Groups left the
Nature Center with a guide every 10 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm with the last group leaving the at 7:50 pm. The cost: $3 per person over the age of 3. The complete tour takes 50 minutes to an hour. Nature Center
The first stop—the scientist who gives an overview of the upcoming stops.
Next—the mosquitoes. There is a difference between the male and female mosquito.
Then, it’s the ticks. The husband and the boy portray ticks explaining how ticks find their “hosts.”
The vampire bats come next—enjoying a meal on a “cow.”
The misunderstood leeches are the next stop as they explain their story.
Cicada Wasps are the next stop. Learn how these creatures protect their nests and are found in every state east of the
The lamprey is next. These not quite fish, not quite eels explain their role as parasites.
Fleas are the final stop. Just listening to them makes you want to scratch.
The tour ends at the lower level of the
. Inside is face painting, balloons, coloring, sweet treats including cotton candy and cookies, and drinks—punch, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. Nature Center
While the Williams Family has been attending this event since the boy was 11 months old and in a stroller, this is the first time we have participated.
It’s not too late! The Night Hike has another run tonight from 6:00-8:00 pm, and Pioneer Ridge located between Ottumwa and Bloomfield on Highway 63. See you there!
Click here to read Ticks Part 1.
Click here to read about another Pioneer Ridge adventure.