Conservation & Cocoa

By Taylor on January 30, 2015 in Blog


Three miles east of Indianola, Bank Swallow Bend is part of the Federal Wetlands Reserve Program.

Three miles east of Indianola, Bank Swallow Bend is part of the Federal Wetlands Reserve Program. (Photo by Garry Brandenburg)

Warren County Conservation Board is celebrating 40 years in 2015! INHF has partnered with Warren CCB on many projects, including the Great Western Trail, Rolling Thunder Prairie and Bank Swallow Bend.

Saturday, Feb. 7, kicks off their full year of celebrations: 40 events for 40 years. “Conservation & Cocoa” will be an open house at the Annett Nature Center complete with a hot cocoa bar–of course–and cookies. CEO of Iowa’s County Conservation System Tom Hazelton will speak about the history of county conservation boards in Iowa, IWILL and the importance of these entities to the citizens of Iowa. Participants can also learn how to win prizes by attending more of the board’s 40 events in 2015.

Kids are welcome, too! During the presentation, naturalists at the center will be hosting a live animal program for any children in attendance.

Created in 1974, Warren CCB now manages over 2,220 acres of public land, which houses a variety of wildlife, improves water quality and provides great outdoor memories for many:

Countless school groups have gotten muddy trekking through the trails and investigating the natural beauty around them. The Friends of Warren County Conservation, a non-profit 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. … It's safe to say thousands upon thousands of outdoor memories have been made here in the last four decades.

And here’s to 40 more years!

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