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The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling

Tuesday, April 23rd

Reservations Required
Osborne Nature Center

Osborne’s Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls has partnered with Humanities Iowa to bring to life the next “Conservation Hero” in the series. Special guest Tom Milligan will present a historical re-enactment of “The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling” on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

Tom Milligan has spent 45 years as a theater artist throughout Central Iowa. In this unique one man play, Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years as he became aware of the natural world around him while developing skills as an artist, he recalls his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt not only through his cartoons but his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

All are welcome to attend this engaging presentation provided through a grant from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa brings humanities programs into the heart of Iowa communities.  Make your reservation today for this free event by calling (563) 245-1516. Optional lunch in Elkader will follow the program.

The Osborne Center is located on Highway 13, ten miles north of Strawberry Point or five miles south of Elkader. The center is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Please call 563-245-1516 for more information or visit www.claytoncountyconservation.org.

“The Art of Conservation:
A Visit with Ding Darling”
Tuesday, April 23rd, 11:00 a.m.
Reservations Required - Cost: Free
Osborne Nature Center 563-245-1516
Tom Milligan, an Iowa actor, will reenact a visit from Jay “Ding” Darling as he shares Ding’s story beginning with his early years in Sioux City, his career with the Des Moines Register as a cartoonist, to the creation of the Duck Stamp and the National Wildlife Federation. Ding was known to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement. His impact is still felt today.
Clayton County Conservation Presents
This presentation is provided through a grant from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit
state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans
since 1971, Humanities Iowa brings humanities programs into the heart of Iowa communities.





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