Iowa’s State Parks will kick-off their centennial year with First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2020 at 49 parks across the state. “First Day Hikes are the inaugural events of the centennial celebration, and we are so excited to spend this time outdoors with park visitors,” says Todd Coffelt, Parks, Forests and Preserves bureau Chief with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Even if you have never been on a winter hike or visited a state park, we invite you to join us for this special opportunity to exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.” Last year, 1,400 people participated in New Year’s Day hikes in Iowa, logging more than 1,100 total miles at dozens of state parks. Many sites will also provide hot beverages and snacks following the excursion. Participants should dress for the weather, including warm, sturdy boots for winter conditions. In our area, Springbrook State Park in Guthrie County will be hosting a hike around the lake followed by hot chocolate and cookies beginning at 9 a.m. Hikers will meet at the park office at 2437 1066th Road. Shelby County’s Prairie Rose State Park will hold an Owl Prowl hike, led by Naturalist, Christina Roelofs. They will start their hike at 5:30 p.m., meeting at the west campground near site 86. Following the outing, participants can gather for hot chocolate and popcorn at the park office. A link for details about other First Day Hikes can be found through the link included below.