Gift to Iowa's Future Day 2015: Gunderson Gift

Posted on March 25, 2015 in Blog


The Gundersons' son Joe (middle left) and family friend Deb (middle right) pictured here with Chuck Gipp of the Iowa DNR (far left) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Bob and Mary Lou Gunderson donated another 12 acres within Eldora to serve as a gateway to the western portion of Pine Lake State Park. The strategic location of Gunderson Nature Park near city streets and neighborhoods brings the park closer to Eldora residents. A trail loop, prairie and savanna reconstruction, butterfly habitat and a nature-scape play area are planned by the City of Eldora now that it has transferred to them from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Funding from REAP is helping implement the park master plan.

Gift to Iowa's Future

In 2008, Iowa legislators designated the first Monday in April as Gift to Iowa’s Future Day to celebrate and honor individuals, corporations and organizations that have helped permanently protect land for parks, trails, natural areas, fish and wildlife habitats in Iowa.

A number of this year’s honorees worked with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to help them find the right options to protect their land for conservation purposes.