Ready to explore some of the natural, cultural, and historic treasures of Winneshiek County?
Driftless Safari is a long-term scavenger hunt that covers all of Winneshiek County and runs from Memorial Day until Halloween. The program is free and open to anyone that loves to explore and wants to experience some of the special places of Winneshiek County.
The program’s guidebook and map feature twenty locations across the county, all highlighting a unique natural, historical, or cultural place. Once at a site, participants follow clues in the guidebook to find a wooden post affixed with a special tile, using that tile to make a crayon rubbing in their guidebook as proof of their visit. Every guidebook page provides information about the site, gives tips on what clothing or gear might be appropriate for that location, and offers ideas for fun activities to do while there. Sites can be visited in any order and at your own pace.
Participants who are able to visit at least fifteen of the twenty Safari sites are eligible for entry in a drawing for one of several prizes at the end of the season.
To join in, visit any Winneshiek County public library during their operating hours to pick up a free map and guidebook.
The purpose of Driftless Safari is to help residents of and visitors to Winneshiek County engage in healthful physical activity, to increase awareness of and connectedness to the natural, historical, and cultural environments of Winneshiek County, and to foster a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship in participants.
The 2017 Driftless Safari is made possible through the generous support of Alliant Energy, Family Table Restaurant, the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College, the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Upper Iowa Audubon, the Winneshiek Soil and Water Conservation District, Winneshiek County Conservation, the Winneshiek County public libraries, and many additional local businesses and organizations.
Further information on the Driftless Safari program can be found at www.driftless-safari.org or by calling (563) 534-7145.