Monday - Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends April 1st - October 3 1st 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends November 1st - April 1st 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Winter: Nature Center may be closed if travel conditions are "Not Advised," please call in advance (319) 636-2617.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION:
Online reservations for cabins, campsites, and shelters will be taken through the new online reservation system NOW. Click here to start making a reservation online! In The Otter Creek Quarterly, Winter 2017-2018, find more information about the online reservation system by clicking here.
Preparing Wild Game
Wednesday, January 24th, 6:30 p.m.
Fontana Nature Center Classroom
Cost: $5 per person
Are your wild game dishes lacking in variety or not as tasty as you would like? Mike Flaucher of Independence will share some of his secrets to great tasting wild game: How to get rid of the “gamey” taste, how to prepare and store your meat, and other tricks. Get hands-on as you make a marinade to take home and try on your own game. Please preregister by calling (319) 636-2617 or by clicking here.
Wednesday January 31st, 6 p.m.
Crumbacher Wildlife Area
Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the beauty of a winter evening at the Crumbacher Wildlife Area southwest of Independence. Participants will meet in the Southeast parking lot on 250th St. If the sky is clear, the full moon will light our way. No prior snowshoeing experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. Please be sure to preregister by callin (319) 636-2617 or clicking here.
MONARCHS MONARCHS MONARCHS Click here to learn about plants for Monarchs
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WE NEED TO PROTECT IOWA’S NATURAL AREAS
• Roughly half of Iowa’s rivers, lakes, and streams fail to meet water quality standards
• Less than 10 percent of Iowa’s wetlands – natural spaces that help prevent flooding and provide habitat for wildlife – remain, amounting to a loss of 5 million acres of wetlands
• Over the last two decades, Iowa has lost more than 1.6 million acres of habitat suitable for pheasants and other small game
• Iowa loses an average of 5 tons per acre of soil, our major economic engine, each year to erosion
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Would you like to find out more about wildlife, county programs, Iowa fishing reports and more? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the Conservation List serve. You will receive approximately 2-3 emails a week about conservation programs in Iowa.