Welcome

Welcome to the Winnebago County Conservation Board, one of 99 county conservation boards in Iowa.

We are located in the rolling hills of north-central Iowa's prairie pothole region.

Our purpose is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone and to protect and conserve our natural resources.

Scroll down for the latest news and browse through our web site often to see what we have to offer! And, be sure to contact us if you have any comments or questions!


FOLLOW US:

Read the latest edition of "The Prairie Country Quarterly" here.

Check out our
Thorpe Park web cam!

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Our web cam is down, but we will be getting a new camera soon. Thanks for your patience!


Environmental Education Center Capital Campaign

Connecting Generations Naturally:
A Campaign to Build an Environmental Education Center in Winnebago County

The WCCB and our Friends Foundation have begun a capital fundraising campaign to raise money for our new environmental education center. Below is information about that campaign and how you can help!

Why an Environmental Education Center?

Currently, Winnebago County has no environmental education center. The WCCB offices are housed in a 65-year old converted cabin which is not ADA-compliant and is at the end of a 5-mile gravel road. The current building is less than 2,000 square feet and can accommodate fewer than a dozen visitors at a time.

Almost 3/4 of Iowa's counties now have nature centers. These facilities get people outdoors and promote an increased quality of life. They offer environmental programming for school and civic groups, as well as the general public. They are  tourist destinations that help visitors learn about the valuable natural resources of the area and also serve as meeting locations for local civic groups and other organizations. Our center would serve all of these purposes, as well as house the offices of the WCCB.

 

  • The center will contain exhibits and interactive displays to help increase people's awareness and knowledge of their natural resources, as well as how to conserve those resources.
  • It will be centrally-located in the county, just south of the north junction of Highways 9 and 69.
  • The building will be 40' x 96', or 7,680 square feet over two levels.
  • It will be a post-and-beam design, with 28'-high vaulted ceilings.
  • The building will meet ADA specifications for accessibility.
  • It will include a variety of green design elements, including geothermal and solar energy systems.
  • Rooms will include offices, a large program/meeting room (that will seat 85-100 people), an exhibit area, a workshop/activity area, a staff meeting room, and a kitchenette.

Fundraising

It is estimated that the cost of the new center will be between $1.1 and $1.2 million. The WCCB has already voted to commit $225,000 of non-tax dollars to the project. The rest will be raised through grants and private donations. We do not anticipate using any tax dollars for the construction of the center.

The following donor recognition levels have been established...      

  • Chickadee Level: < $250
  • Bluebird Level: $250-$499
  • Goldfinch Level: $500-$999
  • Cardinal Level: $1,000-$2,499
  • Sandhill Crane Level: $2,500-$4,999
  • Trumpeter Swan Level: $5,000-$9,999
  • Bald Eagle Level: $10,000 and higher.

All donations under $250 will be recognized in "The Prairie Country Quarterly," our quarterly newsletter. Donations above that amount will be recognized at the center itself. A variety of naming opportunities will also be available for larger donations.

Fundraising will continue throughout 2018. Assuming we have a successful campaign, we hope to begin construction by Spring, 2019. And, if all goes as expected, we hope to be holding our Grand Opening in the Fall of 2019 or the Spring of 2020!

Donating

If you would like to help us with this exciting project, you can send your donations to:

The Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc.
34496 110th Avenue
Forest City, IA   50436.

You can also donate via credit card, debit card, or Pay Pal.

Our Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible. If you have questions about this project, or if you would like to make an especially large donation, please feel free to call and talk to us at 641-565-3390.

Thank you!


 

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at the Lake Catherine Cabin!

For more information about the cabin, you can download the following items:

Cabin rates are $57.75/weeknight and $73.50/Friday and Saturday nights. (These rates include sales tax.) To reserve the cabin, please let us know the dates using our reservation button below. Then, fill out the rental agreement above and return it to us either through the mail or electronically. Finally, send your payment in (including a separate $100 deposit check). Let us know if you have any questions!

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to see which 2018 dates
are available.

(Green dates are available,
red dates are already booked.)

A two-night minimum stay is required on weekends. 
Thank you!

Do you shop on Amazon?

If so, you can help out our Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation!

Just click here and you can designate us as your preferred charitable organization! Then, each time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com and .5% of your qualified purchases will be donated to our foundation. It's an easy way to donate, and it doesn't cost you anything! For more information about AmazonSmile, click here.

Be sure to check it out. And, thank you!

Facebook

In case you missed it, here's KIOW's interview with us about our new Environmental Education Center. Thank you, KIOW, for helping us get the word out about it!

Rick Hofbauer/Robert Schwartz/Lisa Ralls & Nancy Helm/Winnebago County Environmental Education Center/July 13th

Be sure to stop by our booth at the Winnebago County Fair this weekend! We will be highlighting our Environmental Education Center Capital Campaign. Come learn more about this fantastic new facility and how you can help it become a reality!

Tonight's public trap shooting at the Florence Recreation Area has been canceled.

Bear Creek Outdoors will be holding 3D Archery Shoots at Thorpe Park throughout the summer and early fall! Get the details here...

Twitter

In case you missed it, here's KIOW's interview with us about our new environmental education center! Thank you, KIOW, for helping us get the word out about it! https://t.co/GMWLMz84Jp

Be sure to stop by our booth at the Winnebago County Fair this weekend! We will be highlighting our Environmental Education Center Capital Campaign. Come learn more about this fantastic new facility and how you can help it become a reality!

Tonight's public trap shooting at the Florence Trap Shooting Range has been canceled.

Bear Creek Outdoors will be holding 3D Archery Shoots at Thorpe Park throughout the summer and early fall! Get the details here...

Have you seen any monarch caterpillars lately? We spotted these two eating butterfly milkweed at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota!

Time is running out to buy a chance to win our Hoyt Carbon Defiant Bow, valued at $1,500! You can buy raffle tickets from our office for $5, 3/$10, or 7/$20. Thanks to Bear Creek Outdoor's generous donation, all proceeds will go towards our new environmental education center!

Just FYI...The Lake Catherine Cabin is available three of the four weekends in July...Check out the availability calendar on our web site to see which July dates are open!

The fundraising for our new environmental education center has begun! If you'd like more information about this fantastic project, or would like to donate to it, check out the information about it on our web site (https://t.co/FOhlsJXPTF)!

Due to a cancellation, the Lake Catherine Cabin is now available all next week, beginning on Monday, July 2nd. So, if you're looking for someplace to enjoy the 4th of July, check it out!

Wallace Stegner, a native of Lake Mills, IA, was a very influential voice in wilderness protection. His words are just as important today. https://t.co/kEFCT8Ewej

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