Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Cross-Country Skiing Clinics


    The Fayette County Conservation Board will be once again holding several cross-country ski clinics.

    Participants will learn about basic 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: First and Last Name, 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 536-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Cross-country Ski Clinics.

DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS OF CLINICS:






CANCELLED due to lack of safe snow to cross-country ski on.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gilbertson Nature Center
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
and
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Change in Program due to lack of safe snow to Cross-country Ski on.
These programs will take place, but the Fayette CCB and TAKO will be offering the following programs during the two Cross-country Ski times instead of cross-country skiing.
"Bird Identification"
"Recycling Goes to the Birds"  [Milk Jugs will be provided, but if you want to bring a clean / dry recyclable container of your own to make into a bird feeder you can.]
"My Animal Tracks Book"
"Fayette County Animals"
"Winter Hike" [Bring some binoculars if you have them to help you look for animals.]
and possible More!
Lunch is being provided by TAKO!
So come and join in the fun No if you have not pre-registered that is OK, just come and have some Winter FUN!!!!
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 
Heritage Farm Park, Clermont, Iowa
A Joint Program with TAKO (Take A Kid Outdoors)
TAKO will be paying the $1.00 registation fee for all who participate in these clinics.
10 – 11:45 AM
and
12:15 – 2 PM

These clinics are being co-sponsored by
Clayton County and Fayette County:
CANCELLED
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Osborne Nature Center 
Please contact (563) 245-1516 to pre-register for these two clinics.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
and
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fayette County Conservation Board’s Calendar of Events for 2013


Here is the current Calendar of Events for 2013, please check back to see up date to this calendar as more public programs and activities are added.  Thank you for reading.

For more information about the events listed below contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Gilbertson Nature Center, 22580 A Avenue, Elgin, Iowa 52141, 563 – 426 – 5740, E-mail:  gncfccb@alpinecom.net.
UP DATED: 1/11/2013

January 2013:
CANCELLED due to the lack of safe snow to Cross-country Ski on.
Saturday, January 12, 2013  = Cross-country Ski Clinics
10 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 3 PM
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, Gilbertson Nature Center, Cost $1.00 per person.
Please contact (563) 426 - 5740 or gncfccb@alpinecom.net to pre-register or for more information.

No Skiing but Alternate Programs are being Offered Saturday, January 26, 2013 = "Winter Fun"
Cross-country Ski Clinics  10 - 11:45 AM & 12:15 - 2 PM
Sponsored by TAKO
Heritage Farm Park, Clermont, Iowa
Please contact (563) 426 - 5740 or gncfccb@alpinecom.net for more information.

February 2013:
CANCELLED
Saturday, February 2, 2013 = “Snow Fun”, Osborn Nature Center, 10 AM – 12 PM & 1 – 3 PM
Cross-country Skiing Clinics and Snow Shoeing Clinics are being offered.  Cost $1.00 per person.
Please contact (563) 245-1516 to pre-register for one or more of these two clinics.

March 2013:
The Class is FULL as of 2/19/2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 7:30 AM - 5 PM & Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM = Hunter Safety Class, Gilbertson Nature Center,  Participants must Pre-register by calling 563-426-5740 or e-mailing: gncfccb@alpinecom.net

May 2013:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 = Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House Open for scheduled field trip groups only.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 = Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, Hart Dummermuth Historical House, and Petting Zoo open for the summer season, Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Monday, May 27, 2013 = Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, Hart Dummermuth Historical House, and Petting Zoo open for the summer season, Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

June 2013:
Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 2013 = Free Fishing Weekend, Iowa Residents Only

Saturday, June 8, 2013 = Fishing with TAKO, Volga River State Park, 10 AM – 2:00 PM

July 2013:
TBA = Country Heritage Maize Maze Opens, Times to be announced, Contact: 563-419-1133

September 2013:
Monday, September 2, 2013 = The last day the Petting Zoo is open for the season.
           The Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House buildings will now be open when the Maize Maze opens the buildings or appointment only.

October 2013:
TBA = Haunted Maize Maze, Times to be announced, contact: 563-419-1133

Friday, September 14, 2012

Check out the Blog Pages Tab's


    The Fayette County Conservation Board Blog is growing and changing.  It now has several pages Tab's besides the Home Page.

    Please check the following page tabs out when you have time.

Environmental Educational Programs
    It has down loadable listing of all of the different programs the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Department has to offer.

Brochures, Informational Handouts, Maps, and Additional Resources
    This page includes but is not limited to a down loadable copy of the Fayette County Conservation Board Recreation Areas Brochure, a Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Brochure, Recycling Brochure, and more.

2012 Maize Maze – “The Bicycle and The River”
This pages is all about the Maize Maze, times it is open, what it has to offer, cost’s and more.

Fayette County Conservation Board’s Calendar of Programs, Events, Activities and More
    This will take you to a Google calendar check out what Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Department is up to.  See what days are open to schedule a programs or acuity with us and more.

Educator’s Information Page
This page is new and offered a place for the Environmental Education Coordinator to post listings of programs set up with schools and others, Field Trip Schedules, Program Support Materials, and more.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Fall Hours for 2012

    The Petting Zoo, Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, and Hart Dummermuth Historical House New Fall Hours for 2012:

Open:
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012

or By Appointment: 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net

    The Petting Zoo's Last Day Open to the public for the 2012 season will be Monday, September 3, 2012.  

    The Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis & Conner Dummermuth Historical Building, and Hart Dummermuth Historical House Last Scheduled Day Open to the public for the 2012 season will also be Monday, September 3, 2012.

    The Maize Maze will open these buildings when they are open or they can be open by appointment by contacting the phone number or e-mail listed above.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Second New Board Member 2012


A Second New board member joins the Fayette County Conservation Board.


Jack Swanson, Arlington has decided to retired from the board.  We thank Jack for his service to the Fayette County Conservation Board.


Ken McDonough, DVM, Oelwein, has been appointed as the Fayette County Conservation Board new Board Member. We welcome Ken to the Fayette County Conservation Board.


The Fayette County Conservation Board regular monthly board meetings on the Second Tuesday of the Month at 7 PM at the Wildwood Nature Center.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cache The Treasure's of Fayette County 2012


What: Cache the Treasure's of Fayette County 2012 is an event for individuals, groups, families and more.


Designed for all ages, newbies, season vets, and anyone in between.


When: Saturday, June 16, 2012


Where: Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground Shelter House, 1810 Agate Road, Elgin, Iowa 52141


Time: 11 AM - 4:45 PM


Sponsors: Fayette County Tourism and the Fayette County Conservation Board


Schedule:
11 AM - 12 PM
Lunch - Bring you own Lunch [Grills and fire rings are available.]
Sign In
Sign up for door prizes (You must be present to win.)
Talk to other GeoChacher's
Triad and More


12:00 PM
Temporary Caches are available to find.
Send those off who do not need to barrow a GPS.


12:00 PM- 12:15 PM
Check Out GPS to those who need to use one that are not taking the Geo-caching 101 Class. [These will all be pre-loaded.]
Down Load date into GPS for those that need the data.


12:15 - 1:15 PM
Geo-caching 101 Class


1:15 PM
Send those off who have taken the GeoChaching 101 Class.


4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Return to base!
Loaned out GPS must be turned in during this time!
Refreshments will be available.


4:15 - 4:45 PM
Draw for door prizes! (You must be present to win!)


4:45 PM
Free to go explore Fayette County and more!


This Event Cache at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area has been pre-approved by the Fayette County Conservation Board.


Please remember to CITO!!!!


The temporary caches will now be removed on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.  


The change has been made to allow people to have time to find them over the 4th of July holiday.  Happy Geocaching!!!!


The following caches can be used to log the temporary caches you find.
Some of these were temporary and are now permanent, some have been in the park a while.
Seabiscuit 

Camping is available at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area.  Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Web Page

A link to the EasyGPS Free GPS Software program: http://easygps.com/


Easy GPS file of all of the temporary caches: https://www.box.com/s/45a99ab3091fea940f6d


Easy GPS file of all of the temporary caches and some of the trail heads: https://www.box.com/s/54ee9f8ab32fc0a76c7f


Geocaching Web Page for the Event: Cache the Treasure's of Fayette County 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fishing Fun!


Saturday, June 2, 2012
Volga River State Recreation Area
Meet at the lake Shelter house
10 AM – 1:30 PM

      June 1, 2 and 3, 2012 is Free Fishing Days for Iowa Residents Only.  Annually the Iowa DNR host Free Fishing Days, for Iowa residents only, during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June.  All fishing regulations must be obeyed.

      Come fishing with the Fayette County Conservation Board (FCCB), TAKO (Take A Kid Outdoors), and Hawkeye Conservation Club.
     
      Adults gather your kids, come and enjoy a relaxing day of fishing.  Bring you own rods, reels and bait if you have them.  If you do not a limited number of rods / reels will be avaible to check out and use during the event.  Fishing worms in a limited amount will also be available.
      Basic casting practice will be avaible for those who have never go fishing before and would like to learn.

    For more information, call the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net.

Friday, May 25, 2012

OPEN for the Season!


Gilbertson Nature Center
Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Hart Dummermuth Historical House
and
Petting Zoo
OPEN for the Season

    The Gilbertson Conservation Education Area’s Gilbertson Nature Center, Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building and Hart Dummermuth Historical House and Petting Zoo will OPEN to the general pubic Saturday, May 26, 2012.

    They will be OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM or by appointment.

    They will be open Monday, May 28, 2012 and Monday, September 3, 2012, 11 AM - 7 PM.  Date and Times subject to change by management.

      The petting zoo’s last day open to the general public will be September 3, 2012.  The petting zoo will not be open during inclement weather.

      Starting on September 4, 2012 the building will only be open when the Maize Maze opens them or by appointment.

      If you have a group that would like to visit please make an appointment one to two weeks in advance of the visit by calling the Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or 
E-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thank you to Alpine Communications!


An exciting event has happened within the Fayette County Conservation Board.  Back in March 2012 the Fayette County Conservation Board sent in a Grant Proposal to Alpine Communications Technology Grant, asking for funding to purchase Garmin Handheld eTrex 10 GPS [handheld global positioning system).  The grant goal was to purchase the eTrex 10 GPS units and use them to teach school students, general public, youth groups, home school groups and other interested people how to use GPS properly, how to connect the GPS to the internet so they can down load Waymarks, help them learn how to go Geocaching and Earth Caching, Waymarking, and help them see how the GPS is a great tool to help them get out and explore the great outdoors.

The Fayette County Conservation Board has been teaching with GPS for several years but has had to borrow GPS units from the Clayton County Conservation Board, Bremer County Extension Office and Keystone AEA.

Now thanks to the Alpine Communications Technology Grant Board the Fayette County Conservation Board now has new GPS units.  The $500.00 grant funding purchased 5 new GPS, plus an additional funds from the Fayette County Conservation Board Enviromental Education Budget and REAP funding allowed for the purchase of an additional 10 GPS’s.  Making for a total of 15 new GPS units the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Program can use in teaching.

The Fayette County Conservation Board is about this Grant Funding and how it will help strengthen and grow the Environmental Educational Programming.  One teacher who supplied a letter of support can not wait to be able to use these GPS units.  Clayton County Conservation Board is also excited because we will allow them to use our GPS when available just like they have allowed us to use theirs.  This will allow both counties to work with larger groups of participants in programs using GPS.

A BIG Thank You, Alpine Communications for their generous grant funding and purchasing of new GPS to help strengthen the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Program.  If you are an Alpine Customer or even if you are not please thank to them for their support because we really appreciate the funding.

Pictured with five Garmin Handheld eTrex 10 GPS Dawn L. Amundson
and Margaret Corlett

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

To those of you who have sent comments on the new season pass camping rates, we would like to thank you for your correspondence.


  In regards to the season pass rates, the Fayette County Conservation Board has not increased the rate since 2005.  Additionally there are very few public campgrounds that offer a season pass at all.  The cost of electricity, fuel, and maintenance has increased substantially in recent years.  It is the mission of the Fayette County Conservation Board to provide quality experience at a reasonable fee rate.  We only attempt to cover a small percentage of expenses from the camping fees.


  The maximum stay limit of 14 days at a time will remain and is in fact the limited allowed in all public campgrounds.


  For those of you who purchase a season pass at $350.00 per year, this equates to 23 days camping at Gilbertson and / or Gouldsburg Parks (figured against the daily rate of $15.00 electrical).  Your pass is of course also valid for the season in the rest of Fayette County Conservation Board's Parks.


  Potential season pass holders should consider whether or not they will camp enough to justify purchasing a pass or simply pay the nightly fees.


Again, thank you for your comments and we hope to see you in the parks.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Horse Plowing at the Maize Maze 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Rain Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 AM - Until Done
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area


Go East out of Elgin on Agate Road [County Road B64] the turn onto A Ave and you will soon see the Gilbertson Nature Center on your right and the Maize Maze site on your left.


The State Line Plowing Association of Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa, plus others will again plow the Maize Maze Fields with their horse, mules, and plows.


So grab your family, some foot wear you can get dirty, your camera and join in the fun of watching some old fashion field plowing.


For more information contact: Laverne Swenson at 563-419-1133 or e-mail: lagracia@acegroups.cc

Friday, March 9, 2012

Environmental Educational Program Listing Up Dated 2012


The Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Educational Program Listing as been up dated. Several newer programs have been added to the list so check it out.

Here is a link to the Google Doc. PDF that has the list.
Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Educational Program List 2012

Here are some of the programs but not all of the newer programs that have been added to the list.

Bats in the Library – Preschool and Up, 20 – 30 Min. – The Naturalist will read the book “Bats in the Library”, sharing the pictures in the story with participants. At the end of the story the Naturalist will share basic information about bats and photos of many different bats that live in Iowa. The participants will also get to see and touch several toy bats. If there is time a game of Bat and Moth could be played.

Camouflage = Power Point Program – 1st Grade and Up = 30 Min. = Participants will discover what camouflage means. They will get to see many different types of camouflage and pictures of the animals that use those types of camouflage.

Getting Wild about Turkey’s - Power Point Program – All Ages = 1 Hr. = Participants will learn though this fun power point program how wild and domestic turkey’s are alike and different. They will learn lots of fun facts and trivia about turkeys and how many different wild turkey’s live in the United States.

The Best Nest – Preschool and Up = 20 – 30 Min. = The Naturalist will share the book “The Best Nest” by Laura Datta and Matta Buckingham. Participants will get to see pictures of many different bird nests, real bird nests and different materials and locations bird use and put their nests.

These are just a few new one's that have been added to the list, please check the list to learn about more new programs as well as programs we are still offering that we have done in the past.

If you are looking for a special program topic and do not see it on the list or what is on the list does not quiet fit your group call because the Fayette County Conservation Board Staff is always willing and ready to create a new program or adapt an existing program to fit your groups needs.

If you are unable to open the Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Educational Program Listing 2012 document and would like a copy; you are interested in learning more about any of the Environmental Educational Programs; or would like to schedule one or more of the Environmental Educational Program the Fayette County Conservation Board has to off please contact: Dawn L. Amundson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Fayette County Conservation Board, 563-426-5740 or gncfccb@alpinecom.net

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hunter Education Safety Class = March 24 & 25, 2012


Gilbertson Nature Center
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
and
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Participants must Pre-Register by March 16, 2012 to be able to participate in the class.

Hunter Safety Education Class is required according to Iowa law; any one born after January 1, 1972 is required to complete and pass a Hunter Education Safety Class to be able to purchase an Iowa Hunting License. This certification will also meet the requirements of other states.

Participants must be a minimum of 11 years of age.

This is a Regular Classroom Hunter Education Safety Class NOT an Internet Field Test.

Attendance is required for each of the full two days!

To pre-register or for more information call Dawn at the Gilbertson Nature Center at 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net. If the answering machine answers please leave the first and last name(s) of the person(s) who what to be in the class, phone number for contacting them so I can confirm they are signed up and to make arrangement on how the student can get a study guide to do the required chapter reviews for the first day of class.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Board Meeting and Board Member Changes

2012 marks changes in the Fayette County Conservation Board.

Frank Olson, West Union retired from the board at the end of his term. We thank Frank for his years of service to the Fayette County Conservation Board.

Deb Dessel, West Union has been appointed as the Fayette County Conservation Board new Board Member. We welcome Deb to our Board and look forward to her being part of the Fayette County Conservation Board.

Board Meeting Day and Time change.

The Fayette County Conservation Board voted at the February Meeting to move the regular board meetings from the First Wednesday of the Month to the Second Tuesday of the Month. The meetings will still be held at 7 PM and at the Wildwood Nature Center.

The Fayette County Conservation Board regular monthly board meetings will now be held on the Second Tuesday of the Month at 7 PM at the Wildwood Nature Center.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fayette County Conservation Boards 2012 Camping Season Fee's

Season Passes for 2012
$350.00 for the 2012 Camping Season

Camping Season Coupon Book 2012
$150.00 for 11 nights of camping for the 2012 Camping Season

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Gouldsburg Park
$15.00/night with electricity
$10.00/night without electricity
$10.00/night Equestrian Camping at Gilbertson

Dutton’s Cave Park
$8.00/night with electricity
$5.00/night without electricity

Goeken Park
Twin Bridges Park
Echo Valley State Park
$5.00/night

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble? - A History of Deer in Iowa


By: Dawn L. Amundson
Oelwein Public Library
Thursday, January 12, 6:30 PM
Hunters, farmers, homeowners, motorists, and wildlife watchers each may have their own opinions of deer – but it’s no exaggeration to say that Iowa’s prolific deer herd affects nearly every person in the state.

Larry A. Stone of Elkader, author of Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble? – A History of Deer in Iowa, will speak at the Oelwein Library at 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 12. Stone worked with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the deer history project.

Stone’s program, which is adapted from the book, traces the fascinating saga of an animal that had nearly vanished a century ago, but whose population has exploded in recent years. It’s a testimony to the incredible adaptability of deer, as well as to a century of conservation and restoration efforts – and the challenges of managing a prolific herd.

It’s a story with broad appeal to anyone interested in Iowa’s outdoors. The program includes striking photos by Larry and premier wildlife photographer Roger Hill, of Roland, IA. The program lasts about 40 minutes, and will be followed by an open discussion and questions.

The event is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

For details, call 563-245-1517 or 319-283-1515