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Tri-County Times

Arboretum Amble—Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Join us this May for Thursday evening wellness walks. These ambles vary in length, route and focus, so there is sure to be something for everyone. And, of course, you can always shorten or extend any of these guided walks. All walks begin at the Hughes Education Center at 7 p.m. Our education coordinator, Nan Bonfils, will lead you to parts of the Arboretum you might not normally explore. She’ll also be collecting your comments and ideas as we look to expand this pilot program.

All walks are open to all ages — definitely family-friendly. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to come along too. We ask for a goodwill donation to cover our costs.

Join us for the next walk, “Nuts and Nesting Boxes.” We’ll take the outer loop with stops at the nut tree collection and a few bluebird nesting boxes.

Come be a part of the TEAM!

Join Story County Conservation for a TEAM (Trail Enhancement and Management) Day on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 1 p.m. Volunteers will be working at Soper’s Mill North (56501 170th St., Ames). Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, to ensure enough tools and refreshments for everyone, but if you’re late registering, call anyway and see if you can still work.

Come out for some good old-fashioned volunteering! Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle and should dress for the weather. Long pants, gloves and boots or sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).

Signs of the Times

The Story County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Farwell Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. Our program is presented by Ken Mahler: “Signs of the Times: Towns in Iowa.” The meeting is open to the public. For information, call 515-441-6975.