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Foundation clarifies Nature Center use policy

October 4, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

WALLINGFORD - The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation at its monthly meeting Thursday clarified its policy for use of the Nature Center.

Board director Eric Anderson asked the board if it agreed with renting the building only for environmental education purposes.

"We don't need a hundred people running around inside here," agreed Kim Swanson.

The foundation approved the change as well as a mission statement, one of several drafted by naturalist Jenna Pollock:

"The mission of the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation is to enhance and sustain environmental education and recreation for all residents and visitors of Emmet County."

Anderson also previewed plans for the 2014 banquet.

Pollock previewed the Creatures of the Night Hike 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Nature Center. Anyone who would like to be a volunteer guide can call (712) 867-4422.

Pollock said the final report had been submitted to the Emmet County Community Foundation for the grant received for canoes. She said she had conducted 36 programs in September, compared to three for September last year. Pollock also mentioned the Youth Pheasant Hunt coming up Oct. 20 and the annual Emmet County Water Trails Association meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Estherville City Hall council chambers. A holiday wreath and crafts workshop will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Nature Center. There is a $5 materials fee and participants are encouraged to bring recycled craft materials. Call the Nature Center at 867-4422 to register. Early registration is encouraged since only 20 spots are available.

In the Emmet County Conservation Board meeting that followed, Pollock said about 50 had attended Pioneer Day.

Pollock also said an archery club will be held December through March at Estherville Lincoln Central and North Union. An Emmet County Community Foundation Grant helped pay for the equipment.

The board approved a campground shelter rental policy, with rates of $20 for a half day and $30 for a whole day. Time slots are 7-2 a.m. and 3-10 p.m. with payment in advance.

Pollock said 43 kids had participated in Fall Youth Day, with a total of 70 attending, including volunteers.

Anderson noted a number of persons had requested an outdoor archery range and that he encouraged them to check out the Izaak Walton League range.

The board approved building a 21-by-24 woodframe storage building near the Nature Center for approximately $12,100. The board also reviewed the seasonal job description.

Anderson said campground closing would be Oct. 25 and if there's interest primitive camping may be offered after that.

In her report, Pollock noted more interest from teachers in naturalist programs.

Anderson said $41,396 in camping fees had been received from July through September.



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