Monday, August 30, 2010

Last Big Weekend 2010!

Petting Zoo
If you want to visit the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area’s Petting Zoo then you better come for a visit, for its last day open will be Monday, September 6, 2010 from 11 AM – 7 PM. Then it will close until next year on Memorial Day Weekend.

The Petting Zoo will be Open: September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6th from 11 AM – 7 PM.

Gilbertson Nature Center
Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Hart Dummermuth Historical House

These buildings will be Open:
September 1  from 11 AM – 4:30 PM
September 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 from 11 AM – 7 PM

The hours for being open will then change on September 7 to by appointment only or when the Maize Maze has them open.

So come out and enjoy exploring the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area!

If you have any questions please call: 563-426-5740 or e-mail:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shade Tree Program

ISU Extension Program
Saturday, August 28, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Gilbertson Nature Center
22580 A Avenue
Elgin, Iowa

To register call the Fayette County Extension Office at 563-425-3331
Cost: $5.00
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 27, 2010

Shade Tree Program
Participants will learn about shade trees selection, planting and care.  Be prepared when it is time to replace your ash tree.

While the Emerald Ash Borer has not been found in most of Northeast Iowa, it is coming. Since ash is one of the major species in our landscapes, now is the time to start looking at replacements. Proper selection, planting and care of new trees is essential if you want a tree that will add beauty, shade and value to your property. It can be a considerable investment, but provide decades of dividends if done right.

Extension Horticulturist, Bob Hauer, will talk about the pros and cons of the usual shade trees available in Northeast Iowa along with a few of less commonly seen species. He will also talk about the essentials of planting and caring for the trees. Since there are no “perfect” trees, Bob can also answer your questions on the advantages and drawbacks of most common shade trees.

The program costs $5 and pre-registration is required by calling Fayette County Extension at 563-425-3331 by Friday Aug. 27th.

"The fees for service will be used to off-set direct expenses and to support the County Extension Program.”