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EB Lyons Interpretive Center Hours:

Staffing hours may vary. Please call the center before you come at 563-556-0620 for further information
Winter Hours M-F 9-4
Mines of Spain park open 4-10:30 year round
Updated October 14, 2014 9:17 AM

Winter Programs 2014-15 coming soon

 RATTLESNAKES ALIVE with Tom Kessenich-November 8, 2014 @ 1:00 pm., E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center, everyone Welcome, free
Sponsored by:  Iowa Department of Natural Resources /Friends of the Mines of Spain

A NATIONAL TOURING PROGRAM that offers an exciting, educational experience! Tom Kessenich will provide a program about Venomous Snakes". At the EB Lyons  Center


Rattlesnakes Alive! 
An in depth look at our country’s most misunderstood snake. Maligned & persecuted for years, the Rattlesnakes are now protected here. They play a vital role in the balance of nature and have tremendous value in their extensive range. Mystery and fear have surrounded this snake, but the time has arrived to discover the true facts about this unique animal. Presented by Award winning Herpetologist, Tom Kessenich

Kessenich has done extensive traveling throughout the U.S. since he began his SNAKES ALIVE! business 12 years ago.   In addition to his frequent touring, he has acquired vast experience out in the field with venomous snakes which allows him to manage and work with them.  Kessenich created this program because of the interest in venomous snakes all over the country, “Without fail, at almost every venue where SNAKES ALIVE! appears, people ask ,Did you bring anything venomous?   I’ve  realized that the interest is there, and combined with the fact that very little information has been presented on these snakes, I decided to create this educational program” There’s so much fear and mystery, instead of the facts and value aspect.  I just want to show that nature, its events and creatures, are a place of wonder and fascination  That’s what we’re trying to convey.

Whether you’re just a hiker, or avid outdoor enthusiast, you will take something away after seeing this animal and how it lives.   The One and Only “RattleSnakes Alive” will visit the Mines of Spain Recreation Area onSaturday, November 8.   The program will be held at the park’s E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center and will start at 1:00 p.m. in the center auditorium.  The E. B. Lyons Center is located at 8991 Bellevue Heights just south of Dubuque off Highway 52.  Tom introduces you to these animals.   This is a good opportunity for you to learn more about these mysterious animals. Learn about how they live, what they eat and how they eat it.  Learn how these animals make it through the We encourage you to come early to view the different exhibits at the center and stay later to hike one of the many trails at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area.             

For more information on this press release contact the park office at 556-0620, Wayne Buchholtz



The programs are open to the public and are designed for people of all ages. Cost is free, unless otherwise noted.

Friends of The Mines of Spain, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214, 563-556-0620

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