The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 24, 2013

MCCB hosts photo scavenger hunt

OSKALOOSA — Some people went on a scavenger hunt at the Russell Wildlife Area Saturday morning and used cameras to collect the items on their list.

The Mahaska County Conservation Board in conjunction with the Mahaska Wellness Coalition held a photo scavenger hunt at Russell Wildlife Area to get people outdoors for some exercise.

“They’re going to be given a piece of paper with 10 items,” Jenny Snyder of the MCCB said. People then use a digital camera or a camera phone to capture an image of the item.

If someone finds all 10 items, their name goes into a drawing for prizes, she added.

People had to find a pinecone; a fossil; something red; a berry on a plant, shrub or tree; an oak leaf; an insect; a turtle; a flower; something green; and a hole in the ground or tree.

“It’s an opportunity to see the park,” Snyder said. “They can venture out any where in the park.”

Participants had about an hour to find their items. They were given baggies to hold fossils and they were given trash bags to collect any trash they find during this walk. For each piece of litter found, the person could take one item off their to-find list, Snyder said.

Peggy Wright of the Mahaska County Conservation Board brought her granddaughter, Morgan Wright, along to see the Russell Wildlife Area.

“It’s a perfect day for this,” she said.

Wright said her granddaughter is from Florida and it was a perfect day to learn about nature in Iowa.

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