Kids to Parks Day will last the whole weekend in Fort Dodge and Webster County

A weekend-long scavenger hunt will not only provide children and families a chance to be together, but it’ll also help them connect with nature during the annual Kids to Parks Day.

For the second year in a row, the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is working with Webster County Conservation to put on a scavenger hunt that will last from Friday evening to Sunday evening.

Erin Habben, recreation technician with the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, said National Kids to Parks Day is actually Saturday, but it was decided to hold the scavenger hunt over three days.

Children and families will travel to six parks — three in Fort Dodge and three in Webster County — and find words that are painted on blocks.

The objective is to find all the words and put them together into a sentence.

The parks in Fort Dodge are Phinney Park, H.C. Meriwether Park and Snell Crawford Park. The parks in the county are Whispering Wings Marsh, Prairie Pond and the Bob Hay Memorial Conservation Area.

Habben said last year’s scavenger hunt was well-attended.

“We’re super excited about that,” she said.

Additionally, those who take part in the scavenger hunt will be entered to win one of three prizes. They include what Habben referred to as an “action camera;” a two-day, one-night stay at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park cabins; and a family pass to Fort Frenzy for a day.

Habben added that Fort Frenzy is a partner for the scavenger hunt.

She said more information on the scavenger hunt can be found online at fortdodgeiowa.org/parks.