Carroll County, nestled along the Mississippi River between
Galena and the Quad Cities, is home to far more wildlife than
humans. The Upper
Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge reaches
four states-Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. It's a place
for hiking, bird-watching, and teaching kids about nature, wildlife
and the river.
Head to the Ingersoll Wetlands
Learning Center in Thompson to give kids a lesson in river
conservation. Take a bike ride on the Grand Illinois Trail. Or
drive north on Illinois 84 to Savanna and the Scenic Bluff Ranch for a
horseback trail ride.
If your kids need a little more animal interaction, stop by the
Alpaca Farm in Byron on your way home. Call first to make sure
one of the owners, Michele Goetzka (815-954-6210) or Paul Goetzka
(815-474-5049), will be available to tell you about these animals
and show the kids how they make their fiber into yarn.