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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Explore Nature at Night

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Date: July 29, 2010
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will offer ranger-led explorations of the tallgrass prairie and the night sky on Thursday, July 15, and Friday, September 3.

On July 15 at 8:15 p.m. take a walk with a National Park Ranger on the prairie trails after sunset. Explore the prairie at dusk and learn techniques for nature study at night. The walk will last about 1 hour. Meet in front of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum.

Then at 9:30 p.m. join a National Park Ranger for stargazing in the prairie and to discover the night skies of your National Parks. Bring your own telescope or binoculars. Stargazing will last until about 10:30 p.m.

On September 3, the prairie walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Stargazing will begin at 8:45 p.m.

Please park at the Presidential Library and Museum. You may bring a flashlight, but its use is discouraged on the trails. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking a half-mile or more on the trail. Insect repellent is recommended.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Did You Know?

Rows of wooden pupils' desks.

The West Branch Schoolhouse was built in 1853 making it the oldest building at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The town's Quakers also used the one-room building as their first meetinghouse. More...