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Nature Center Foundation plans Family Fun Day

By Staff | Jul 3, 2009

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation will hold its Family Fun Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Emmet County Nature Center at 2303 450th Ave. in rural Wallingford.

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Board of Directors made plans for the annual event at its monthly meeting Thursday at the Nature Center.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and will be held rain or shine with free lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while it lasts.

Raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each or three for $10 for the Terry Redlin print, Old Friends, donated by J.D. Speltz of Speltz Studio of Wild Life.

Children’s games will include the cake walk and bean bag toss.

The board discussed the possibility of bringing in a homemade ice cream vendor for fundraising at the nature center during the event.

To get to the nature center from Estherville, take Highway 9 east to N32 then south to A33. Then go east to N40 then south to the nature center which is on the shore of High Lake at Wolden Campground. From Wallingford, take A34 east.

In other business Thursday, Emmet County Conservation Board Director Eric Anderson said after making a $10,000 loan payment after last month’s meeting the total owed on the nature center was $145,000. Contributions and memorials are still welcomed.

The foundation board elected to not have a booth at the Emmet County Fair this year due to inadequate people to staff it. The board will investigate having a booth at Sweet Corn Days Aug. 1.

The Emmet County Conservation Board met after the foundation meeting concluded.

Anderson took note of a grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation for a dump station at the Tuttle Lake campground.

Other upcoming projects for consideration include the bridge at Jim Hall Habitat, foundation work on the house at Peterson Point, and landscaping at the nature center. The Emmet County Community Foundation also provided grants for the latter two projects.

The board also discussed fixing up the shower house at Tuttle Lake and designated camping pads at Wolden. Anderson also mentioned the possibility of tenting-only camping at Pappy’s beach.