Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Snow Fun

Cross-country Skiing Clinics and / or Sledding

The Fayette County Conservation Board will be offering some snow fun at several locations this year. Sledding fun and / or Cross-country Skiing are being offered at different locations.

For locations where there will be sledding fun please bring your own sled and try the slopes. Participants are asked to pre-register for one or both of the sledding times.

For the Cross-country Skiing participants will learn about cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method. Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment for a $1.00 fee or bring their own equipment. Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic. Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice. The following information is required about each person participating: which season(s) you would like to participate in, First and Last Name, Contact Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).

Please call the Gilbertson Nature Center for more information or to pre-register at 563-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Sledding and / or Cross-country Skiing Clinics.

DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS:

Cross-country Skiing Clinics
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Wings Park Elementary School, Oelwein, Iowa
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cross-country Skiing Clinics
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Gilbertson Nature Center, Elgin, Iowa
10:00 AM – Noon
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Cross-country Skiing Clinics and Sledding
Saturday, February 18, 2012
West Union Elementary School, West Union, Iowa
10:00 AM – Noon


Fayette County Conservation Board is also doing programs with
Clayton County Conservation Board

Snowfest
Clayton County Conservation Board
Osborn Nature Center
Saturday, January 28, 2012
10 am - Noon
1 - 3 PM

Reservations Required call 563-245-1516 or e-mail cccb@alpinecom.net
Equipment Fee: $1 per Clinic
Learn how to cross-country ski, snowshoe or try our sledding hill

Friday, December 2, 2011

Celebrate Recycling and Composting

Come celebrate Recycling and/or Composting by hosting a recycling and/or composting program or programs. These program or programs can be presented to any youth group, organization, family, classroom, school, and more. This is only a partial listing of programs available. If you do not see one that quiet fits your groups needs an existing program can be changed or modified or a new one created. Thank you for taking time to read this list, the Fayette County Conservation Board (FCCB) staff looks forward to hearing from you.

All videos can be checked out by teachers or group leaders and used without having any program presented.

If you have question, would like to check out a video or set up program(s) contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Gilbertson Nature Center, 22850 A Ave, Elgin, Iowa 52141, 563-426-5740, gncfccb@alpinecom.net

Bucket Composting
30 min. - 1 hr. = Preschool-Up.
Participants will learn what materials can be composted and how to compost them properly. Some of the participant’s will help make a composting bucket that will stay in the classroom (if the teacher wants it). This bucket will let participants see first hand how composting works.

Elliott Mess and The Case of the Household Hazardous Wastes
12:41 min. Video = 6th Grade-Up
This video explores household hazardous waste “suspects” lurking in Iowa homes and the environmental damaging results of their improper disposal.

Elliott Mess and The Case of the Household Hazardous Wastes Program
30-45 min. = 6th Grade-Up
This program includes the “Elliott Mess and The Case of the Household Hazardous Wastes” video. The presenter will talk to the participants about the video and help them discover how they can help their families be more responsible in managing their house hold hazardous materials.

Home Composting Turning Your Spoils into Soil
17:30 min. Video
This video talks about how easy it is to transform your yard and food waste into soil enriching compost. Participants will learn how to make “hot” piles, mulch with compost, trouble shoot problems, how to build a low cost bin and more.

Home Composting Turning Your Spoils into Soil Program
30 - 45 min.
This program includes “Home Composting Turning Your Spoils into Soil” video. The presenter will talk to the participants about the video, answer any questions, show them first hand what finished compost looks like and more. {This program can be done alone or along with one or more of the other composting programs available as a pre program and/or a post program.}

Home Made Paper - Recycled Paper– "Slurry Time"
45 min. - 1 hr. = Preschool-Up
Participants will learn first hand the fundamentals of how old paper is made into new paper. They will make their own piece of recycled paper to take home. The program covers the shredding, pulping, pressing and drying procedures that produce new paper from old. Participants will also learn some fun facts about recycled paper. (Time needed will depend on the size of the group.)

Home Trash Survey
3rd Grade-Up
This can be done as a follow up or before a “Recycling Up Date” or composting program. It can be talked about by the teacher or the presenter at another program.

Home Trash Survey Program
45 min. - 1 hr. = 3rd Grade-Up
The students will do the “Home Trash Survey” at home and bring their results in before the program. The overall results will be talked about. Participants will look at what good things are being done in their homes currently to reduce waste and even more things they could easily do to help reduce their waste even more.

Less Means More . . . For the Future
17:07 min. = Adults
This video illustrates waste reduction accomplishments of Iowa companies, and reviews the pollution prevention principles and free professional services promoted by both the Waste Reduction Assistance Program and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. It will help your business or industry start to think about creating a waste and toxic waste reduction program and more.

Less Means More . . . For the Future Program
30 min.-1 hr. = Adults
This program will include the “Less Means More . . . For the Future” Video and help from the presenter with setting up and implementing a waste reduction program with your business or industry.

Recycle Rachel
8:20 min. = 6th-12th Grade
This video takes the waste reduction and recycling theme into the everyday life of an Iowa teenager. This upbeat video demonstrates the power one person can have on our environment.

Recycle Rachel Program
30 min.-1 hr. = 6th-12th Grade
This program will include the “Recycle Rachel” video. The presenter will talk to participants about the video, about what materials can be recycled in Fayette County and more.

Recycling Goes to the Bird's
30 min.-1 hr. = Preschool-Up
Participants will discover how using their imagination can help them make bird feeders from everyday recyclable items found around their home. They will also find out what birds might eat from their homemade feeders.

Recycling Up Date
30-45 min. = Preschool-Up
Participants will learn what materials can be recycled in Fayette County and how they need to be prepared to be acceptable at Fayette County recycling. Participants will also discover some of the many different products that are produced out of recycled materials.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
9:12 min. = Post secondary audiences
This video looks at practical and simple methods of reducing and recycling waste. It also encourages consumers to “close the loop” by purchasing products and packaging made with recycled materials.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Program
30 min.-1 hr. = Post secondary audiences
This program includes the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” video. The presenter will talk to the participants about the video, simple things they can do to reduce and recycle their waste and ways to “close the loop.”

Sarah’s Tree
10:47 min. = Kindergarten-5th Grade
This video looks at where garbage goes and what it mean’s to throw something away and introduces the concepts of recycling.

Sarah’s Tree Program
30-45 min. = Kindergarten-5th Grade
This program will include the “Sarah’s Tree” video. The presenter will talk to the participants about the video and help them discover why reducing their waste is important. They will also discover how simple it is to recycle materials in Fayette County.

Worm Composting
30 min.-1 hr. = 3rd Grade-Up
Participants will learn about red wiggler worms and what types of waste they eat. They will get to make or see a worm composting bin. Then if the teacher would like, the worm bin can stay in the classroom and the participants can watch the worms go to work composting food waste. Participants will also learn what they can do with the finished composted materials from the worm bin.

Worm Composting Column
30 min.-1 hr. = Kindergarten-Up
Participants will learn about red wiggler worms and what types of waste they eat. They will get to make or see a worm composting column. Then if the teacher would like, the worm column(s) can stay in the classroom and the participant can watch the worms go to work composting food waste. Participants will also learn what they can do with their finished composted materials from the worm bin.

Wormania!
26:10 min. = 8 Years-Up
This video features close up scenes of live earthworms in their natural habitat. See a night crawler drag a leaf, the rhythmic beating of a worms five pairs of hearts, a baby worm hatching, worms at work composting, and more.

Wormania! Program
1 hr. = 8 Years-Up
This program win include the “Wormania!” video. The presenter will talk to the participants about the video and then help them put together either a worm composting habitat(s) or a worm watching habitat that they can take care of and watch worms at work first hand in their classroom.