Explore nature at night at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

A great horned owl's mottled plumage makes it difficult to see among tree branches in the winter.
Great horned owls are sometimes heard, if not seen, at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.


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News Release Date: July 24, 2007

Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is offering back-to-back ranger-led nature programs Friday night, August 3, 2007.

At 8:30 p.m. take a short 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 45 minutes.

At 9:30 p.m. join a National Park Ranger for stargazing. Learn about identifying objects in the night sky. A telescope will be provided, but you can bring your own or bring binoculars. Stargazing will last until 10:30 p.m.

Both programs meet at the Gravesite parking area. From Parkside Drive in West Branch, enter the driveway for the Presidential Library and Museum and drive past the museum around the loop to the Gravesite parking area. 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 on the trail or more. 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 of 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.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


(319) 643-2541

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