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You Otter Know about the Otters

With trapping season approaching, one of the animals that may come to mind is the river otter.  The river otter ...
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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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EVENTS

Christmas Open House at Lost Island Nature Center

Dec 04, 2019 – 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Open House

Start your holiday season by enjoying the fragrance of fresh evergreens and celebrating Christmas cheer at the Lost Island Nature Center.  A variety of decorated Christmas trees by area organizations and businesses will be on display and holiday treats will be available to enjoy.

  • Where: Lost Island Nature Center
  • When: December 4th from 3-5 p.m.

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Junior Naturalist-Cross Country Skiing

Dec 21, 2019 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Cross Country Skiing:  Saturday, December 21, 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.  Registration for the 2019-2020 Junior Naturalist Program is closed.  For more information, call 712-837-4866.

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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Junior Naturalist-Snow Shoeing

Jan 18, 2020 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Snow Shoeing:  Saturday, January 18, 10 am-12 pm at Basswood Recreation Area, Emmetsburg

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. Registration for the 2019-2020 Junior Naturalist Program is closed.  For more information, call 712-837-4866.

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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Junior Naturalist-Ice Fishing

Feb 15, 2020 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Ice Fishing:  Saturday, February 15, 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. Registration for the 2019-2020 Junior Naturalist Program is closed.  For more information, call 712-837-4866.

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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Junior Naturalist-Bird House Building

Mar 21, 2020 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2019-2020 Palo Alto County Junior Naturalist Program

Bird House Building:  Saturday, March 21, 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. Registration for the 2019-2020 Junior Naturalist Program is closed.  For more information, call 712-837-4866.

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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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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