Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Snowfest at Osborn Park

Saturday, February 6th, 10 am-3 pm
Reservations Required, Equipment Fee: $1 per clinic

The Clayton and Fayette County Conservation Boards will co-sponsor a fun day in the snow on Saturday, February 1st.  Snowfest activities include clinics to learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe, plus sledding and more.

Both clinics will be offered twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Choose from cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or come all day and do both. Participants can use equipment provided for a $1.00 fee per clinic or bring their own equipment.  Before or after the clinics, head over to the pond with your sled or enjoy some hot soup, prepared by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative.

Skiing participants will learn about ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques, and the kick and glide method with Fayette County Naturalist Dawn Amundson.  Then go for a glide on the trails around Osborne Park.  Or try out Clayton County Conservation’s snowshoes with Naturalist Kenny Slocum.  Come learn about the history of snowshoes and how fun they are to use.  Equipment and sizes for all clinics are limited, so sign up early to ensure the correct size.

Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice.  The following information is required about each person participating: the clinic and time to participate, first and last name, phone number and shoe size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).  Please call the Osborne Nature Center at 563-245-1516 for more information or to pre-register.  It is a fun way to exercise this winter while getting in touch with nature.

Please contact (563) 245-1516 to pre-register for one or more of these two clinics.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
snowshoeing or skiing
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
snowshoeing or skiing

 Osborne Nature Center is located on HWY 13 five miles south of Elkader. The center is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday. For more information on events call 563-245-1516 or visit www.claytoncountyconservation.org.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Birding and Wildlife Program

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Location: Fayette County Extension
Time: 10 AM

Winter can be a good time to enjoy viewing our bird and animal wildlife, plus a nice way to appreciate our great natural resources right here in our own backyards and parks. To better help you learn more about how to enjoy, recognize and support our winter wildlife natives and visitors, come to the Fayette County Extension Office. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Program presenters include Dawn Amundson, Elgin, Fayette County Conservation Board Environmental Education Coordinator, and Ron Lenth, Oelwein, Iowa State University Extension Coordinator. Topics to be covered include identification keys, tips on successful feeding and devices, habitats for survival and attracting wildlife. Whether you are just beginning to better appreciate our outdoor creatures, or a seasoned veteran, there should be something for all ages to learn.