Fat tire bike in the snow on a winter day

So Much Fun During Spring Break at Honey Creek!

Spring break is a time for rest, relaxation, and at Honey Creek Resort – adventure. The resort’s staff has a jam-packed schedule planned for the March 15 – 23 break that includes outdoor and indoor activities that are exhilarating, awe-inspiring, educational and, of course, fun.

There’s still time to book your ideal spring break at Honey Creek. For reservations at the lodge, the cottages, or RV Parking, call 641-724-9100, toll-free at 866-797-5308 or online at www.honeycreekresort.com

Here are some of the scheduled activities.

Rock Your Spring Break

Painted rock with sailboat and lake
Honey Creek Resort offers plenty of outdoor recreation, but finding special stones will give you one more reason to explore the wilderness. There are 12 different painted stones hidden around the Honey Creek property. As you embark on your adventures, be on the lookout for these stones and have fun posting your findings on social media. #RocktheCreek #MyHoneyCreek
March 15 – 23

Galileo’s Telescope

Night sky with clear view of Milky WayDon’t miss the opportunity to gaze into the night sky with a telescope that’s more than 400 years old. Well, sort of. This “stellar” show, one of two programs led by NASA Ambassador Elwynn Taylor, begins with a short talk on how Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei crafted a telescope in 1610 that helped to revolutionize the field of astronomy and whose design endures today.

Afterward, guests will be able to use a telescope much like the one Galileo built to study the sky. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the telescope can still be used indoors.

8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15
Location: Lobby

The Earth, Sun and How the Weather Works

Planet Earth on black background

The second program led by Dr. Elwynn Taylor, is a hands-on learning event on understanding our enigmatic environment. Dr. Taylor will talk about the nature of climate and how plants and animals adapt.

9:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 16
Location: Lobby

Fat Tire Bike Ride

Fat tire bike in the snow on a winter day
What better way to enjoy the outdoors than a bike ride? Fat tire bikes are designed for any terrain, including snow and are an ideal way to explore Honey Creek. Sign up for the organized fat tire ride and see the park from a different perspective. Space is limited.
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19
Location: Nature Center

Morel Hunting

Morel mushroom in the forest
This is a perfect spring break adventure. Morel mushrooms are a delicacy that you won’t find in a grocery store. The exotic looking fungus is only found in the wild and can be harvested in the spring. Join our guides on a hike as they reveal the secrets to hunting these hard to find little forest treasures. Here’s a hint: search near trees – morels have a symbiotic relationship with many types.

10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 20
Location: Nature Center

Wildlife Signs Hike

Spring buds on branchesThis hiking trip will be a fact-finding endeavor. Your mission – find the promises of spring in the wilderness. Some of the signs to search for – animal tracks, antlers, migrating birds and sprouts.

11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 22
Location: Nature Center

Owl Power

Close up of owl with orange eyes
The Owl Power program includes two enthralling glimpses into this incredible bird. The first part is the dissection of an owl pellet – the regurgitated remains of an owl’s meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate (usually small rodents).

After the demonstration, the PBS presentation Owl Power will be shown detailing the “super powers” that make the owl one of the most successful hunters on earth.

4:30 p.m. Owl pellet dissection
5:00 p.m. Owl Power presentation
Saturday, March 23
Location: Ballroom

Nature Crafts

Yarn weaving on a twig
Discover nature’s wonders through hands-on craft making programs. Honey Creek’s staff of naturalists lead the nature-themed activities – taking full advantage of their natural surroundings.

1:00 p.m. Mud pie making
Friday, March 15, 22
Location: Activities Room

1:00 p.m. St. Pat’s green hair egghead
Saturday, March 16
Location: Activities Room
1:00 p.m. Native American Craft
Tuesday, March 19
Location: Activities Room

1:00 p.m. Snake hole
Wednesday, March 20
Location: Activities Room
1:00 p.m. Branch weaving
Thursday, March 21
Location: Activities Room

10:00 a.m. Wood cookie painting
Saturday, March 23
Location: Activities Room
Nature Bingo

The letters that spell Bingo
Who doesn’t love this classic game? The Honey Creek Resort will offer a slightly different version – one that helps you learn about the property’s animal population while playing an enjoyable game. Players will use traditional 5×5 cards, but animals will replace the number within the squares.

10:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 16
Location: Ballroom

1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23
Location: Ballroom

Dutch Oven Cooking 101

Dutch oven cooking vegetables
This program will make you hungry to learn and just plain hungry. Dutch oven cooking aficionados Ron and Judy Groenendyk will make Louisiana bread pudding during a hands-on demonstration using the cast iron cookware. Participants will leave with tips on Dutch oven cooking and a delicious treat at the end.

4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 22
Location: TBD

Fishing

Young girl fishing at lake in summer
Honey Creek Resort overlooks “Iowa’s Ocean”– Rathbun Lake. With over 11,000 acres of water, Iowa’s second largest lake offers some of the most productive fishing in the state.

Fishing equipment is available for guest use. Fishing licenses can be purchased at Honey Creek Resort.

5:30 p.m. Night fishing
Friday, March 15
Location: Activities Room

10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 21
Location: Nature Center

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