Visit the Iowa DNR building at the fairgrounds to learn more about outdoor recreation opportunities this fall and safety while exploring.
DES MOINES, Iowa— Local 5 and CW Iowa 23 bring Iowa State Fair 2022 experiences for you, from live newscasts to a Local Weather Lab 5 live. Come and see us in front of the administrative building (Grand Concourse) every day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Visitors to the Iowa State Fair had the chance to enjoy some of the best weather in Iowa in recent days while strolling in the sun.
But even after the fair is over, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants to keep the momentum going. That’s why they’re encouraging Iowans to keep going out this fall.
The department outlines several ways to exit outside the Iowa DNR building at the fairgrounds (west end of the Grand Concourse near gate 11/E 30th St). Visitors have the opportunity to talk to MNR employees and learn how to get outside and how to protect the environment.
Although a tour of one of Iowa’s many parks and rivers doesn’t include corn dogs and cotton candy like the fair does, Iowa DNR Director Kayla Lyon says that the state still has a lot to offer.
“There’s a lot to do outside in the fall,” Lyon said. “it’s the perfect time when you think about camping, nice cool mornings…and as a bonus, the leaves are changing.”
Lyon thinks getting outside is one of the best ways to experience Iowa, and no fancy camping gear is needed.
“You can always start with training wheels in your backyard,” Lyon said.
A top priority for Iowans looking to explore the great outdoors is safety, especially when it comes to the state’s many lakes and rivers.
“We just want people to be safe when they go out because being on the rivers is a really fun place, but it’s an ever-changing environment,” said Todd Robertson, outreach coordinator for the program. rivers of Iowa DNR. .
In particular, Robertson urges anyone who goes in the water to wear a life jacket, not just hold it or keep it in your boat.
“A life jacket won’t work if we don’t wear it,” Robertson said. “We’re all just in between swims when we’re paddling.”
Robertson also recommends wearing plenty of sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, and being aware of the forecast for the day.
Safety is also vital during Iowa’s hunting season, which begins September 1.
“Most important is firearms handling and safe handling in the field, making sure your muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction, always have a plan when you go hunting and let people know people where you’re going and when you’ll be back,” said Dustin Eighmy, conservation officer for Iowa DNR.
Eightmy also said hunters should be sure to wear the proper hunting gear and always check the hunting schedule before heading out.
For more information on outdoor recreation, visit iowadnr.gov or check out the Iowa DNR Building at the Iowa State Fair through Sunday, August 21.
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