LCC opens natural play area at Heron Bend

New addition is part of vision for conservation center


LEE COUNTY - Lee County Conservation (LCC) is thrilled to announce the opening of a brand-new natural playground at the Heron Bend Conservation Area. Constructed over the past several months, this unique playscape is designed to inspire children to be active outdoors and foster a connection with the natural environment.
Crafted predominantly from natural and recycled materials, the playground features unique elements such as an eagle’s nest platform, balance and jumping logs, and a crawl-through tunnel removed from the Skunk River in perfect condition. A standout feature of the playground is the red-eared slider climbing sculpture, made possible by a generous $6,400 grant from the State of Iowa Health and Human Services Appropriations for Childhood Obesity Prevention, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.
"We envision Heron Bend Conservation Area as a premier destination, inspiring environmental education and outdoor enjoyment through the Conservation Center, trails, and river access,” Heather Huebner, LCC Director, said, “This natural playground is a significant step toward that vision, offering another space for the community to experience and enjoy at Heron Bend."
The completion of the playground is a testament to the dedication of LCC staff and the vital funding support through Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission and Three Rivers Conservation Foundation. The playground not only serves as a recreational space but also as an educational tool, encouraging children to explore and appreciate their natural surroundings.
LCC plans to continue enhancing the playground with additional elements as time and resources allow, further enriching the Heron Bend Conservation Area experience.

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