FWCC has provided funding for many educational projects, exhibits, and programming with Warren County Conservation Board and the Annett Nature Center, benefiting thousands each year. Here are some examples of projects and events FWCC supported in 2017-2018:
Kids Fish Day- June 2,2018
A chance for families to celebrate free fishing day in Iowa and get their kids outdoors. Kids get to learn how to cast, tie knots and fish safely. Then they test their new skills in the water and see what they can catch. Prizes are awarded, tshirts made and a hot dog luncheon is enjoyed afterwards.
Priscilla Gaumer Butterfly and Pollinator Exhibit
FWCC provided over $10,000 in funding to support the newest exhibit at Annett Nature Center. The educational exhibit will feature various educational panels focused on pollinators, butterflies, and insect basics. There will be a live honeybee observation hive, seasonal butterflies, interactive items for visitors, and a special waggle dance floor. There will also be information on where to find insects in county parks, native plants on the deck and much more. The bee tile floor was installed in the winter of 2016. The educational panels are currently being installed. The exhibit is scheduled to open in May 23, 2018.
Halloween Hike- October 22,2018
This annual event combines Halloween fun with nature education. FWCC members volunteer at the event as trail leaders, acting as characters, helping with a themed craft, and baking and serving treats. Hikers learned all about the importance of prairies and about raccoons in 2017 with the Guardians of the Grasslands Hike. The 2018 theme is still in the works. Reservations are required for this event and space is limited.
Geocaching Reptile Adventure
FWCC funded the supplies for the Geocaching Wildflower Adventure in 2017. A geocache was hidden in city, county and state parks in Warren County. Many current park users, avid geocachers and participants new to both our parks system and geocaching went searching for the caches. This provided a great way for people to get outdoors, try some new technology outside, learn about wildflowers and explore parks they’ve never been to. The Geocaching Reptile Adventure will begin on April 1, 2018.
Libray Program- May 29, 2018
FWCC will be partnering with the Friends of the Indianola Public Library to host a program featuring animals. The Blank Park Zoo will be bringing 4 animal guests. There will be hot dogs & crafts prior to the program. Little dinner will be from 5PM-6PM and the program will start at 6PM.
Osprey 5K Trail Run/walk- April 7, 2018
Get outdoors, get exercise, get fresh air, make a difference and have fun- all in one day! Each April FWCC sponsors a 5K course that starts and finishes at the Annett Nature center. The 3.1 mile route will take you through the trails of the Annett Nature Center Park. Participants should expect muddy conditions and uneven terrain. Snacks and refreshments are served immediately following the event, and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds from the race go to FWCC to support enivronmental education and programs at Annett Nature Center.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: Fleet Feet Des Moines, Anytime Fitness, Athletico Physical Therapy, Fitness Sports, Bill & Donna Fink, Joe’s Gym, and Iowa Outdoor Expo, Warren County Izaak Walton League, Iowa Hunter Education Instructor Association, Ace & Judy Hendricks, Subway, Hy-vee, and Farway. Sponsorship is only $50 and your business name will be listed on the race shirt. Interested in being a 2018 sponsor contact Karen at 515-961-6169.