Skunk Cabbage Hike-OWLS Program

Hurstville Interpretive Center, Jackson County

Friday, March 22, 2024

Join the OWLS group for an early spring hike in search of the extremely early blooming skunk cabbage. Skunk cabbage emerges in early spring in Eastern Iowa and grows in wet areas, including the hanging bog at Swiss Valley. Skunk cabbage has the unique ability to produce heat which allows it to emerge and bloom even if there is still snow on the ground. As you may have guessed, this plant gets its name from the unpleasant smell it emits. Dress for the weather as we hike the trails in search of skunk cabbage! OWLS programs are open to all adults and a collaboration between Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones County Conservation Departments. 

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Skunk Cabbage Hike-OWLS Program


Friday, March 22, 2024


Swiss Valley Nature Center
13606 Swiss Valley Rd
Peosta, IA 52068
phone (563) 652-3783 or email
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