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Starting New Year’s Day, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting its annual First Day Hikes. This year there will be a First Day Hike challenge with the State Park Passport program. People are encouraged to check-in at the over 50 state parks that are participating from January 1st through January 3rd. Every check-in will qualify for a prize drawing of a free 2-night stay at a 2-bedroom cabin at Lake Darling State Park.

The hikes are a great way for people to get outside and enjoy the different landscapes Iowa has to offer. People who do not have the State Park Passport can sign up here,
https://explore.traveliowa.com/checkout/311/travel-iowa/1619/iowa-state-park-passport.

A map of all participating state parks can be found on the DNR’s website at: https://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/Parks-2020/First-Day-Hikes.