WCCB 40th Anniversary

2015 – A Year of Celebrating!

You can join us to commemorate four decades of Warren County outdoors! In 2015, we will be hosting 40 public events to celebrate 40 years! A open house & presentation will kick it off in February, followed by a birthday party style celebration in April. Attend at least 20 of the 40 public events and you will receive a limited edition 40th anniversary item.

WCCB now has 40 years to look back on, and there’s a lot worth celebrating.  The board was formed and first meeting held in 1975, following a successful vote from Warren County Citizens in the general election on November 4th, 1974.

After establishment, the organization started fulfilling duties with limited staff, land, equipment and facilities.  Four decades later, WCCB has grown significantly and accomplished so much for local conservation, Warren County residents and beyond. Today, the board manages over 2,220 acres of public ground. and reaches over 10,000 people each year.  These areas have provided forty years of outdoor memories, countless acres of wildlife habitat, improved water quality and more. It’s a great time to reflect on all the opportunities WCCB has made possible.

Staff have built shelters, trails, bridges and more so visitors can gain access to the most scenic places in the parks. Remnants of original prairie have been preserved and restored to commemorate Iowa’s native landscape and provide valuable habitat. Ponds and wetlands have been enhanced to protect local watersheds and yield fish habitats, migratory bird resting sites and homes for many other creatures.  Invasive species have been removed to conserve our quality wooded areas.

The Annett Nature Center was built as a hub for outdoor recreation, a place for the public to come learn and bridge their exploration into the outdoor world.  Countless classes of school groups have gotten muddy trekking through the trails and investigating the natural beauty around them. A friend’s group was formed to garner local support for environmental education. Families have bonded outdoors while camping or enjoying public programs, reunions, weddings and other events in our parks.

10 parks and 2 multi-use trails open unlimited possibilities for visitors to enjoy hiking, camping, birdwatching, hunting, canoeing, fishing, biking, stargazing, geocaching, photography and more. It’s safe to say thousands upon thousands of outdoor memories have been made here in the last four decades. WCCB’s dedicated staff, devoted board members, along with many committed volunteers will continue to provide quality land management and connect people with nature for generations to come.

Check our Facebook each Thursday in 2015 for a Throwback Thursday photo.

Check back here for fun WCCB history facts from the last 40 years.

Click here to view the complete 40th brochure, complete with a checklist to mark off the events you attend for the limited edition prize.