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
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