Materials for the 2013 Driftless Safari program are still available at local county libraries.

Driftless Safari is a free scavenger hunt spread all across Winneshiek County. Participants are given a guidebook and map featuring 20 unique sites in the county, all highlighting a unique natural, historical or cultural place. Once at a site, participants follow clues in the guidebook to find a wooden post with a special tile from which participants can make a crayon rubbing in their guidebook as proof of their visit. Every guidebook page provides information about the site, gives tips on what clothing or gear might be appropriate for that location, and offers ideas for fun activities to do while there.

All participants that visit 15 or more sites over the course of the Safari program (until Halloween) can present their Safari booklet at their local libraries to be entered in a raffle drawing for one of three $25 gift cards for Chamber Dollars.

The Decorah Public Library may be short on maps and guidebooks as many have already been distributed from there, but library staff will be able to run off paper copies for anyone interested.

Participants also may pick up materials at one of the other Winneshiek County public libraries (you do not need to be a resident of a town to pick up materials at that library) or to print off their own materials by visiting the Driftless Safari website, driftless-safari.org.

The purpose of Driftless Safari is to help residents of and visitors to Winneshiek County engage in healthful physical activity, to increase awareness of and connectedness to the natural, historical and cultural environments of Winneshiek County, and to foster a sense of community engagement and environmental stewardship in participants.

Driftless Safari is brought to Winneshiek County with the major support of the Winneshiek County Community Foundation. Additional partners include Luther College, the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Upper Iowa Audubon Society and the Winneshiek County Conservation Board. Numerous additional local businesses and organizations have also provided support.

For more information, visit driftless-safari.org or call 563- 534-7145.