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Children’s Author Mike Graf Tells of Outdoor Adventures for National Park Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:36
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in partnership
with the West Branch Public Library, invites children and their families to
celebrate National Park Week on Monday, April 23. National Park Week (April
21-29, 2012) is the annual week for celebration and recognition of your
National Parks. The theme of the year’s National Park Week is “Picture
Yourself in A National Park”.

The April 23 program is free and begins at the West Branch Public Library
with ranger-led children’s activities at 6:30 p.m., followed by a
presentation at 7:00 p.m. by Mike Graf, educator and author of children’s
books such as the “Adventures with the Parkers” series. Elementary and
middle school age children who enjoy outdoor adventure fiction can hear Mr.
Graf combine storytelling, drama, and slides about adventures, wildlife,
and history in our national parks. For children interested in writing their
own stories, Mike Graf shares helpful tips and techniques that he uses in
his own adventure novels.

An author of over 70 published books, Mike Graf visits 50 schools each year
all over the country. “I love to write realistic fiction books for children
on the outdoors.  I have published books out on caving, dinosaur digs,
whale rescues, ghost towns, animal encounters, and much more,” said Mr.
Graf, adding, “My national park adventure series is something I am very
proud of.”

The West Branch Public Library is at 300 North Downey Street in West
Branch, Iowa, exit 254 off I-80. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and
the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, also in West Branch,
are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information go online at
www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

 
Bettendorf to Celebrate Arbor Day on the Learning Campus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:34
Bettendorf — On April 28th, the annual Arbor Day Ceremony will be held at Faye’s Field, on the
Learning Campus in Bettendorf. Festivities will begin at 10:00am and run through 12:00pm, with the
tree planting ceremony taking place at 10:30am with a proclamation read by Bettendorf Mayor, Robert
Gallagher. Rain will not hinder this event, as the festivities will move to the Family Museum in the
event of bad weather.

In addition to the tree planting ceremony, the Trees Are Us Committee will be hosting their first ever
―Tree Sale‖. Guests will have the opportunity to come pick up a new 3’ – 8’ tree for their home and a
bag of mulch to assist them with the planting, all for a nominal fee of $10. Learning Campus partners,
the Bettendorf Public Library and the Family Museum will join in the celebration as well! The Library
will be offering free herb plants to the first 50 adults in attendance, and the first 100 children will
receive a free copy of the book, ―The Forest Where Ashley Lives‖ along with suggested reading lists.
The Family Museum will be working with children and families on some fun and eco-friendly activities
on Faye’s Field as well. Additional green living resources will be made available at the event.

Faye’s Field opened to the public in October, 2011 and since then, it has continued to grow in to a
wonderful green space in the heart of Bettendorf. Recently, interpretive signage was added to Faye’s
Field to convey the marvel of the Field to guests. Signage was provided by the Bettendorf Public
Library Foundation, Mary and Chris Rayburn, Jane Bettendorf Vieth, Sally Bettendorf Fuller, and the
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. In honor of their support, these donors will be
recognized at the festivities as well.

Tree sales will be limited to one tree per family and will only be available while supplies last. Two
hundred trees will be available for sale. Trees will be made available to Bettendorf residents and can
be purchased with the presentation of proper photo identification.

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Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: Park Visitor Center Will Get New Restrooms and Windows This Spring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 06 April 2012 08:57
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— The visitor center at Herbert Hoover National Historic
Site will get new restroom facilities and new windows this spring. The
renovation of the men’s and women’s restrooms will help the park meet
federal accessibility standards, and will use more environmentally-friendly
materials and fixtures like touchless faucets, low flush toilets, and
energy efficient lighting. The National Park Service will also replace the
present windows with double-pane windows to improve the building’s energy
efficiency.


Work will begin in April and may take up to 4 months. There may be periodic
closures of the visitor center during the construction. Closures will be
posted on the park website, www.nps.gov/heho . The park will provide
temporary restrooms during construction. Restrooms are also available
nearby at the park picnic shelters or at the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


“We’re looking forward to our visitors benefiting from several improvements
to the visitor center this year,” said park superintendent Pete Swisher.
“We also plan to install a new permanent exhibit later this year about
Herbert Hoover’s childhood in West Branch and his involvement with
developing this park.”


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go
online to www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.



Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358


319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

 
Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: Prescribed Fire Planned for April PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 06 April 2012 08:20
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— The National Park Service will burn part of the 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site during the week April 9 through April 13. Weather and safety considerations will determine the exact date and time of the fire. A specially trained National Park Service fire crew burned other parts of the prairie last May. Prescribed fires are an effective method of maintaining the grassland at Herbert Hoover NHS.

“With periodic burning, visitors may see over time healthier prairie grasses and a greater diversity of native wildflowers,” said park superintendent Pete Swisher.

The National Park Service follows a scientific prescription for prairie burning. The agency uses a “burn plan” which describes the objectives of the fire, the fuel available in the prairie, the size and location of the prescribed burn, and the precise conditions for the fire. Safety considerations and smoke control play important roles in the burn plan. Although the prescribed fire crew will employ methods that minimize the amount of smoke produced, anyone suffering from asthma, emphysema, or lung disease, and living within one mile of the National Historic Site should contact the park at (319) 643-2541. If they leave their name, address, and telephone number, park staff will notify them in advance of the fire.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

 
Author to speak at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:59

The German American Heritage Center will host acclaimed author Susan Goldman Rubin on Tuesday May 1st at 7pm to discuss her book Searching for Ann Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa.

The book details the relationship between the Frank sisters and their penpals from Danville, Iowa. Admission is $5 with a book signing to follow.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library, the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Holocaust Education
Committee of the Greater Quad City Area, and GAHC. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Call 563-322-8844 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 
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