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No See Ums

No See Ums You usually don’t see them coming, which has earned these pesky bugs the nickname of “no see ...
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Big Bluestem

If you have been driving around lately, you have probably noticed a color change on some of our prairies and ...
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Lost Island Trail Improvements

This summer the Lost Island Trail was extended and now provides two miles of paved surface for joggers, walkers, and bicyclists.  People ...
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Our Amazing Campground Hosts

Every summer Bill and Tammy Horst welcome campers as hosts for the campground at Huston Park near Lost Island Lake.  ...
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EVENTS

Bike Ride Around Lost Island Lake

Oct 17, 2019 – 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Check out the changing fall colors on this bike ride around Lost Island Lake!

When:  Thursday, October 17th at 5:00 pm

Where:  Meet at the Nature

Center parking lot

Who:  For ages 12 and up

Pre-registration is required.  Register online or call 712-837-4866.

Sponsored by the Palo Alto County Conservation Board

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Junior Naturalist-Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

Oct 19, 2019 – 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt:  Saturday, October 19, 8 am-12 pm at Sportsmans Park, Cylinder

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board is offering the Junior Naturalist Program during the school year for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

Junior Naturalists will meet one Saturday each month from October through May.  Participants in the Junior Naturalist Program must register by calling the Nature Center at 712-837-4866.  There is a limit of 20 students for the program.  The registration fee is $10 to cover the cost of a special Junior Naturalist patch and the bird house materials.  Checks should be made out to the Palo Alto Conservation Foundation and can be dropped off at the Nature Center or mailed to:  Lost Island Nature Center, PO Box 417, Ruthven, IA 51358

This year’s activities include:

October 19, 8 am-12 pm:  Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt at Sportsmans Park, Cylinder

November 16, 10 am-12 pm:  Geocaching at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

December 21, 10 am-12 pm:  Cross Country Skiing at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

January 18, 10 am-12 pm:  Snowshoeing at Basswood Recreation Area, Emmetsburg

February 15, 10 am-12 pm:  Ice Fishing at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

March 21, 10 am-12 pm:  Bird House Building at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

April 25, 9 am-12 pm:  Iowa Young Birders at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

May 9, 1 pm-4 pm:  Wings & Wetlands at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

A more detailed schedule and directions to the program sites will be sent to participants.  For more information, please call 712-837-4866.

Activities subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.  Participants will be notified of any changes.

 

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Waffle Breakfast

Oct 20, 2019 – 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us at the VFW in Emmetsburg for Dad’s Belgian Waffle Fundraiser in support of the Lost Island Nature Center.

This fundraising event will take place at the Emmetsburg VFW on October 20th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

Advance tickets are available at the Lost Island Nature Center at 712-837-4866 or contact a Foundation Board Member:

Jay Bargman, Jim Carpenter, Shana Herke, Maureen Horsley, SueAnn Deitering, Pat Moliter, Julie Nelson

Advance tickets: $7.50
At the door: $8.00

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Halloween Hike

Oct 22, 2019 – 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about “Insects” on the trails at Lost Island-Huston Park, during our ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HIKE.

It will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019.

Guides with lanterns will lead you down the trail to meet a variety of characters. Group hikes will last about 40 minutes, departing every 10 minutes from the south picnic shelter at Huston Park beginning at 6:30 pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served at the Nature Center.

$1.00 per person

 Reservations are required by calling 712-837-4866.

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Junior Naturalist-Geocaching

Nov 16, 2019 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Geocaching:  Saturday, November 16, 10 am-12 pm at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

This event is for registered Junior Naturalists.

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board is offering the Junior Naturalist Program during the school year for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

Junior Naturalists meet one Saturday each month from October through May.  Participants in the Junior Naturalist Program must register by calling the Nature Center at 712-837-4866.  There is a limit of 20 students for the program.  The registration fee is $10 to cover the cost of a special Junior Naturalist patch and the bird house materials.  Checks should be made out to the Palo Alto Conservation Foundation and can be dropped off at the Nature Center or mailed to:  Lost Island Nature Center, PO Box 417, Ruthven, IA 51358

This year’s activities include:

October 19, 8 am-12 pm:  Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt at Sportsmans Park, Cylinder

November 16, 10 am-12 pm:  Geocaching at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

December 21, 10 am-12 pm:  Cross Country Skiing at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

January 18, 10 am-12 pm:  Snowshoeing at Basswood Recreation Area, Emmetsburg

February 15, 10 am-12 pm:  Ice Fishing at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

March 21, 10 am-12 pm:  Bird House Building at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

April 25, 9 am-12 pm:  Iowa Young Birders at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

May 9, 1 pm-4 pm:  Wings & Wetlands at Lost Island-Huston Park, Ruthven

A more detailed schedule and directions to the program sites will be sent to participants.  For more information, please call 712-837-4866.

Activities subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.  Participants will be notified of any changes.

 

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AROUND THE COUNTY


Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Board of Supervisors meet at the Palo Alto County Courthouse each Tuesday. You can find the Board of Supervisors ...
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