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Sun, Feb 04


Terry Trueblood Recreation Center

Freeze Fest: Ancestral Fire-Making

Re-ignite your slumbering ancestral skills.

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Freeze Fest: Ancestral Fire-Making
Freeze Fest: Ancestral Fire-Making

Time & Location

Feb 04, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Terry Trueblood Recreation Center, 579 McCollister Blvd, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Enjoy an afternoon of wintery outdoor fun at Freeze Fest, a free event hosted by Iowa City Parks and Recreation. Snowshoeing, archery, s'mores, and much more will be available.

Backyard Abundance is offering hands-on fire-making fun using common Midwest plants and tools like flint-and-steel, bow drill, and ferro rod. Kids and adults are invited to join us around the warmth of the fire to re-ignite your slumbering ancestral skills.

It's part of our Earthmind program, which nurtures mental and environmental well-being through valuable outdoor skills that contribute to mitigating climate change.

View ancient fire-making techniques on our YouTube channel.


Warm clothes for winter, hands-on learning: hat, gloves, boots, several layers of clothes.


The event is free and no registration required.


Fred Meyer is a wilderness guide at Backyard Abundance. He offers years of experience  as a permaculture designer, Master Gardener, hiker, and wild edible forager to help you thrive in the outdoors.


Terry Trueblood Recreation Area: 579 McCollister Blvd, Iowa City, IA.

Look for Backyard Abundance along the main sidewalk leading to the building.


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