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Nature Center banquet great for Emmet County kids

April 10, 2015
Estherville News

The eighth annual Friends of the Emmet County Nature Center Banquet at the Estherville Elks Lodge is more than just another fundraiser. It's a great way to bring outdoor education into the classroom, care facilities and at the Emmet County Nature Center east of Wallingford.

After paying off the Emmet County Nature Center, proceeds now go to nature education. The money can't go for anything else. It can't go for salaries or gas for mowers or for plumbing fixtures or shower heads. It's earmarked for programs like Archery in the Schools, building wood duck houses, canoe and kayaking and snowshoeing clinics, winter survival workshops for kids or Junior Naturalist camps. And those are only the tip of the iceberg.

Emmet County Naturalist Jenna Pollock will soon be leaving to take the position of executive director of the Clayton County Conservation Board in her home county. While Emmet County is in the process of hiring her replacement, Jenna set a very high standard for the new naturalist.

The work Jenna has done shows just exactly how well spent the money raised from the Friends of the Emmet County Nature Center Banquet really is. When attendees come to the banquet, they're putting nature education front and center in the lives of the children of Emmet and surrounding counties.

A few decades ago, all kids played outside. Unfortunately, that now seems to be the exception instead of the rule. "Screen time" seems to have taken up time with nature, and the aim of the Emmet County Nature Center is to bring kids back to nature - where they belong.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6 and the program and auction at 7.

Please come. It's all for a great cause - the kids of Emmet County.



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