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The Iowa state parks system will be hosting a weekend of free camping for Iowa residents on May 13-15, according to a report in the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil.
The program will be handled on a first come, first served basis with no reservations accepted. Nonresidents will need to pay the appropriate campsite fee during the weekend.
“Free camping weekend will be handled just like any other busy holiday weekend in state parks,” Sherry Arntzen of the DNR state parks bureau said in a statement.
Arntzen suggested that campers call before heading out to the park to make sure sites are available. She added the program allows campers to experience a new state park.
“There are a number of park gems located throughout the state that highlight some of Iowa’s most beautiful landscapes,” she said.
As in past years, all participating state parks will have interpretive programs offered throughout the weekend.
Programs include nocturnal animals at Geode State Park in Henry County; Gyotaku (ancient Japanese folk art of painting fish) at Lake Manawa State Park in Pottawattamie County; bird watching at Pilot Knob in Winnebago County; and a fisheries demonstration with the electroshock boat at Green Valley State Park in Union County.