Experience a scatacular time learning and laughing about the incredible world of waste at the 2013 Halloween Hike! Join Story County Conservation for "Everybody Does It!" on Saturday, Oct. 19 at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames.

Scat, poop, manure, dung, doo doo. No matter what you call it, everyone does it. Become a scatologist – identify creatures by what they left behind – some of which isn’t poo at all. We promise this Halloween Hike won’t stink!

"For the last 28 years, Story County Conservation’s annual Halloween Hike has educated and entertained the community about Iowa’s wildlife," Naturalist Heather Hucka said. "Don’t miss out on this year’s hike "Everybody Does It!" You never know what you will meet on the trial."

Reservations will be accepted until 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, or until the hike schedule is full. Hour-long hikes will begin every 10 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m. Each time slot can accommodate up to 30 hikers. The last hike will begin at 8 p.m. The cost is $2 per person ages three and up. Children under two are admitted free. Youth under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult; youth groups must have one adult for every five youth. Partners discounts do not apply to this registration fee.

Dress for the weather, wear comfy walking shoes and bring an umbrella if needed. Costumes are encouraged but not required! For more information or to register, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email conservation@storycounty.com.