October 2021 Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations go to the winners of the 2021 Photo Contest.  The judging took place on October 17th during our annual Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser.

First place: Jaime Pascual    Second Place: Pam Wickman    Third Place: Miles Rouse


Photography Contest through October 2022

What: Photography Contest

When: Photo must be taken between October 1, 2021 and October 1, 2022

Where: Photo must be taken in Palo Alto County

Provide the following information with photo submission:  Name * Address * Phone# * Title of Photo * Location of the Photo * Age of Photographer

Photo must be nature-related.  Please submit photo in an 8 x 10 format.  Photo must be delivered to Lost Island Nature Center by October 7, 2022.

There will be monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in two separate categories;
ages 18 and up or youth under 18.

All photos will be displayed during the annual Dad’s Belgian Waffles Fundraiser for the Lost Island Nature Center on October 16th, 2022 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Guests of the breakfast will be voting on their favorite photos. Good Luck!

Please drop off your entry in person or mail it to:

Lost Island Nature Center
PO Box 417
3267 350th Avenue
Ruthven, Iowa 51358                                             Questions? Call 712-837-4866

Take it Outside! Deadline is December 31!


Take it Outside!

180 hours outdoors challenge

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board is challenging you to spend at least 180 hours outside this year. That is only 30 minutes per day!

Who can participate:         Great for all ages!

How to sign up: Call 712-837-4866 and we will send you a chart to keep track of your time spent outdoors. This chart needs to be turned into the Lost Island Nature Center by December 31, 2021 and you will receive a prize!  Find a copy of the chart here.

What is there to do outside:  Just some ideas to get you started – sledding, skiing, fishing, kayaking, walking, biking, birding, ice skating, gardening.  Many of these activities are offered through the PACCB.  Watch for programming to try some new outdoor activities!