Indulge your sweet tooth at Iowa maple syrup festivals

Maple Tree TappingSmooth, sticky and the perfect pour over a stack of flapjacks, maple syrup is one of nature’s sweetest gifts. Sap is harvested from maple trees by tapping into the trunks. The collected liquid is heated, water evaporates, and a thick syrup is left behind.

Sap collection takes place in early spring, and numerous festivals have popped up to celebrate the harvest. We’ve compiled a guide to maple syrup events across Iowa. Sweet! Continue reading

Smithsonian exhibit at the Hurstville Interpretive Center

Courtesy of O'Brien County Conservation

Courtesy of O’Brien County Conservation

The Hurstville Interpretive Center will be the temporary home of “Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature’s Image,” an educational exhibit created by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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