Journey to Freedom

Where: Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center , 10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA 52341
When: Saturday, September 22nd (Time TBA)

Jump back in time for a simulated outdoor Underground Railroad experience at The African American Museum of Iowa and Wickiup Hill’s annual Journey to Freedom.

Experience the perils and triumphs of the escape from slavery as you use the stars to navigate, build a fire from abolitionist “conductors,” hide from slave catchers, and encounter farmers and bounty hunters while trying to reach Canada. Who can you trust? Will you make it to freedom? Or will you be captured and sent back into slavery?

Due to the subject matter, this event is best suited for children 8+. This will be outdoors! Please wear appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a full water bottle are recommended.

For questions, contact Sean Donaldson at

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed on September 22, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be interact with participants as an Iowan from the 1850s. There are approximately five “main-speaking” roles available for people who might enjoy theater, educating, and public speaking. There are also interpreter roles available for those interested but feel less comfortable in a lead speaking role. Historical costumes, scripts and a free lunch will be provided for the event. Email or apply here to learn more!