When most people think of camping they think of warm summer days, but with a little added knowledge you can enjoy camping in the winter too! Join a naturalist from Black Hawk County Conservation Board to learn how you can extend you camping season year round by attending the Winter Camping Overnight program on Saturday, January 12 at 10 AM to Sunday, January 13 at 8 AM. Food for meals and a large community shelter will be provided.  Participants will need to provide their own bedding, snacks and tableware. The cost for this program is $15 per person with a maximum attendance of 10.
Suggested gear list includes the following items: sleeping pad, cold rated sleeping bag, wool blanket, ground cloth or tarp (to lay your bedding and equipment on, or in case of snow), water bottle, metal cup or small pot, plate/bowl, spoon, small fixed blade knife, multi-tool, warm clothing and boots. If you do not have these items see the contact information below and we will do what we can to provide assistance.
If you are feeling a little less adventurous, and want to ease your way into winter recreation, you may want to look into the Women’s Institute of Field Experience (W.I.F.E.) Series on Sunday, January 13 from 3 to 5 PM. Ladies can join a Black Hawk County Conservation Board naturalist on a winter tour of Hartman Reserve. If there is enough snow on the ground, we will hike using snowshoes. First-time and experienced snowshoers are invited to attend. After the hike, we will cozy up to a fire in the Nature Center. You can stay and enjoy each other’s company, hot chocolate, and board games. The cost for this program is $5 per person.
If you have any questions about this, or any other programs at Hartman Reserve Nature Center contact Chris Anderson; Program Coordinator at chris.hrnc@gmail.com or call (319) 277-2187. You can pre-register on-line at BlackHawkCountyParks.com by clicking on the “Events” hyperlink and selecting the desired program. Setting up an account on BlackHawkCoutnyParks.com is a free and simple way to be able to sign-up for program, youth camps, cabins, or campsites with County Conservation Boards all around the state of Iowa.