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Dec. 4, 2008

At A Glance

Registration available for UI Coyote Camp

Registration has begun for Coyote Camp, an outdoor camp offered by the University of Iowa Recreational Services for area third to sixth graders. Coyote Camp is held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area during winter break.

There are two available sessions: Monday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday Dec. 23; and Monday, Dec. 29 to Tuesday Dec. 30. The two-day Coyote Camps provide students with a unique opportunity to study and observe the wildlife of the prairies, wetlands, and woodlands of Macbride in a winter setting. Small groups of campers will participate in educational and recreational activities led by a professional staff. Activities include tracking, bird banding, eagle watching, wilderness survival techniques, shelter building and other activities.

The camp is $75 and runs from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Campers will meet at the UI Recreation Building and then take a bus to the Macbride Nature Recreation Area on Lake Macbride and the Coralville Reservoir north of Iowa City.

For more information about UI Wildlife Camps or to download a registration brochure, visit or call UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.

Humanities Iowa grant supports Office of the State Archaeologist outreach

Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $10,000 to the UI-based Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) to help promote the celebration of "2009 Iowa Archaeology Month."

As it did last year, the OSA is tying the celebration of Iowa Archaeology Month to RAGBRAI, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

"Team Archaeology" will ride RAGBRAI, pointing out archaeological sites and resources. The office will post a booklet of prominent archaeological and historic discoveries at The OSA will also set up an exhibit in some communities along the route, providing activities for resting riders and a chance for residents to discover archaeology in their own backyards.

Humanities Iowa supports the project because it's an innovative way to get humanities programming into the state's rural areas, said Executive Director Christopher Rossi. The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote appreciation of the people, communities, cultures and stories of Iowa and the nation.

The OSA is a UI research unit and a state agency. Its mission is to develop, disseminate and preserve knowledge of Iowa's human past through archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service and education.

For more information contact Lynn Alex at 319-384-0561 or


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