Our Town Cedar Falls - The Hartman Reserve
CEDAR FALLS - Our Town has a population of 36,000 people and is filled with some pretty interesting places. Today, we take you to one of them. The Hartman Reserve Nature Center is a wildlife and nature sanctuary.
"It's 300 acres of a variety of wilderness located in the heart of Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area so people can come enjoy a wildlife sanctuary right in the edge of town," said Anne Duncan, Hartman Development Director.
The Nature Center is made up of woodlands, prairies, rivers, lakes and wetlands. This variety of landscapes allows the Hartman Reserve Crew to provide a variety of programs. They offer hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, bird watching and much more.
"I think it provides an immediate opportunity to experience wildlife... they have trees and trails and they can have that 'away from the city' feeling," said Duncan.
The center gears its programs towards different age groups. When TV9 visited Hartman Reserve in Our Town Cedar Falls, a group of middle school children was learning how to canoe and kayak.
"It's cool being on the lake. You're level with the water. It's a cool feeling," said Gabby Greco.
Gabby Greco lives near the reserve and enjoys how close it is to her home.
"You get to see cool animals like deer, skunks and raccoons. It's fun to live by at a Nature Center because you can come have fun in an interpretive center," said Greco.
The Interpretive Center houses exhibits about the local environment. That's because the staff at Hartman Reserve mainly wants to educate the public.
"If we don't teach our kids to respect the environment and the world around them, they are going to end up suffering for it later in the long run," said Duncan.