Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration!

Play in the woods, make fairy homes, study insects, bake mud pies…!
Join Kinderhaus for a week of playing, exploring, and growing!

For 3-9 year-olds.  August 6-10 and August 13-17, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Cost of camp is $100/week. Register by June 1 for Early Bird pricing of $90/week!
A hearty, healthy, homemade snack will be served each day.

To register, return the following forms with payment to: Kinderhaus, PO Box 114, Decorah, IA  52101

Kinderhaus Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

CRATER50 added to Driftless Discovery Trail Run!

Decorah, Iowa – Upgraded routes and a gnarly addition to Decorah’s Driftless Discovery Trail Runs happens June 2nd, 2018 |

Do you have a strong desire, craving, or undeniable urge to explore the world running?  Satisfy yourself in this series where the best view might just come only after the hardest climb or unnerving descent.  It will likely cost you a toll of a little blood, sweat and/or tears when you take on the Crater50 in a portion of the 500-acre, gorgeous terrain surrounding Decorah, Iowa in the 5th annual Driftless Discovery Trail Run, June 2nd, 2018. 

New to the series, the Crater50 promises NOT to leave you wanting.  If a 50K has you panting from just the thought, step up to the plate of the Meteor 10K or Basin 5K.  They are a worthy thrill, a sure notch on the running belts of those up for an adventure.  Runners traverse the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park, Ice Cave Trails and Palisades Park. All these trails are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Decorah Human Powered Trails.  Seriously, of all the paths you might take in life, make sure a few of them are the dirt trails of Decorah.  You won’t regret it.

Little Drifter’s run wild and free on a fun 1mile route in the woods.  Sought after spoils are raffled off post-race thanks to The Decorah Hatchery and other supporters.

4 distances include a Lunar 1 mile (FREE for 13 and under), the Basin 5K ($30), the Meteor 10K ($40) and the NEW Crater 50K ($75).  Proceeds benefit the Northeast Iowa Montessori School, the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

LACE UP & GET LOST, it’s a vacation you don’t have too pay much for.

Register today:

For more information, please contact DDTR Coordinators by email at or visit us at

May Biking Club and Walking School Bus Opportunities

Attention Parents:  Check out these FREE wellness opportunities offered through Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School Program.

May Biking Club Sign up is due ASAP- It’s a great way for our kids to take advantage of our beautiful bike trail and freshen up their biking safety skills before summer! We have added a Rural Ave./Ridgewood Dr. meeting location for students who have better access to that area and want to join!

Walking School Buses (WSB) are a wonderful way for K-2nd graders to burn some energy. SRTS currently has volunteer led routes that walk kids from Mechanic St. and the Flats Neighborhood to John Cline 5 days a week, all school year long (yes, even in the winter!). A Friday after school WSB route, going from John Cline to the west side of town, will start on April 13th.

If you want more information about any of our programs or want to get your child involved but don’t see a route near you, contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator April Bril at

Looking for Host Families – High School – Aspect Foundation

As the local representative for Aspect Foundation, an international high school exchange program, I am looking for host families for high school students for the 2018-2019 school year.  Students, age 15 -18 at arrival date in August,  are available to be placed from Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong. Host families provide room and board for their student.  Students have their own insurance and spending money during their stay here.

If you have interest, you can go to, or contact me, Gregg Jorgenson, at 563-380-0613.  Email:

Decorah Park-Rec. Spring Activities Brochure is Now Available

Park-Rec. Spring Brochures are now available on or may be picked up at the Park-Rec. Office, local banks, and the Decorah Library.

Activities include Adult Softball Leagues, Youth Soccer Leagues for ages 3 thru 7th grade, Water Wizards for kindergarten thru 2nd grade, and Intro to Taekwondo for ages 4 and up. Special events include The Great Inflate & Pancake Breakfast, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championship.

Registration is available online. Go to and click on Online Registration & Activities. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online. If you don’t have computer access, we are still accepting registrations by mail or in person at the Park-Rec. Office, but payment must be made by check or cash.

Dug Road Closed for Repair

Dug Road is closed to all users. Repairs have begun on the Dug Road portion of Trout Run Trail. The Dug Road section of the trail will remain closed until work is complete. Thank you for your patience during this construction period.

Printable Walking Maps Available

Printable Walking Maps for Calmar, Clermont, Cresco, Decorah, Dorchester, Elgin, Elkader, Fayette, Fredericksburg, Guttenberg, Harpers Ferry, Ionia, Lansing, Lawler, Luther College, Monona, New Albin, New Hampton, NICC-Peosta, Oelwein, Postville, Riceville (Coming Soon), Waterville, Waukon, and West Union

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New Farmers Launch Farmstand at Off The Driftless!

A beautiful new farmstand is now open for business at Off the Driftless canoe livery on Pulpit Rock Road. The stand is operated by beginning farmers Steffen Mirsky and Emily Pulsfus who run Twin Springs Farm, a one-acre parcel on land owned by Larry Grimstad. It features summer fruit and vegetables ideal for grilling and snacking.

Currently there are lots of cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, kohlrabi, and green beans. Soon to arrive will be melons, watermelons, sweet peppers, garlic, onions, potatoes and ground cherries.

The stand is open Thursday through Sunday from dawn to dusk and is self-serve with a cash box to deposit money. All produce is grown organically.

Besides produce, the stand features a wonderful garden mural and is a work of art made possible by many friends. Stop by and check it out!

Please join us for an opening ceremony this Thursday, August 10th at 6pm at Off the Driftless! Arrive early at 5pm to depart for a farm tour. See you then!

2-5 year old spots still available THIS FALL at Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare!

Do you want your kids to play outside and learn about farms, animals, growing vegetables, and more – all while playing and having fun? Well, we’d love to have them at Little Farmers! We’re excited to announce the opening of Little Farmers Preschool and Daycare right here in Decorah, and we still have a few openings for this fall!

On a farm – just two miles north of Decorah on Highway 52 – we’ll have a coop full of chickens, four sweet bunnies, flower and food gardens (where the children will harvest produce for some of their meals), and a large natural playground equipped with the fixings for fort-building, slides built into the hillside, and more. Any lessons taught inside will be hosted in our totally renovated 1967 farm out-building! Plus, we have additional Monday-Friday daycare available from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm for all registered preschool attendees.


Interested? Call 563-380-9848, email, or learn more at

and register by August 15 at:



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