Fontana Interpretive Nature Center
20th Anniversary Banquet
Tuesday, April 22
Heartland Acres, Independence, Iowa
• Featured Speaker – Darrel Draper as George Drouillard
• Doors Open at 5 p.m. for Social Hour
• Enjoy a Great Meal catered by McElroy’s
• Raffle and Silent Auction
Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Fontana Interpretive Nature Center. Enjoy a fantastic meal, followed by a keynote presentation by Historical Re-enactor Darrel Draper*. Draper will portray George Drouillard – hunter, interpreter, and Indian sign-talker for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Banquet also will feature auctions, raffles, and door prizes, and information about nature center projects and programs. Call 319-636-2617 or e-mail [email protected] for more information, or purchase tickets by completing the order form.
*Friends of Fontana Park received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host Draper’s presentation. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For those not attending the banquet, seating will begin at 7 p.m.
Welcome to the Buchanan County Conservation Board website. Buchanan County Conservation manages prairies, woodlands, wetlands and streams for both people and wildlife. These properties include 39 parks, natural areas and river accesses located throughout Buchanan County. Our mission is to "improve the quality of life through programs of conservation and education."
Shower Houses are closed for the season. They will open in the spring on April 15th. Thanks for another great camping year!
The Conservation Department headquarters are located at Fontana Park Interpretive Nature Center. Nature center hours are: Mon - Tues 8 a.m. - Noon; Wed - Fri 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m.; weekends 1-4 p.m. Winter: Nature Center may be closed if travel conditions are "Not Advised," please call in advance 319-636-2617.
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Cedar River Watershed Project
The theme for this project is “We Are All In This Together”. You’ll learn as you explore the following link that the solution for watershed management does not lie in one group or organization. We must come and work together for a positive solution to watershed management and maintenance. To go to the website that has been created as an educational tool for this project click the following link!
Cedar River Watershed Website
If you are interested in scheduling a presentation on this topic, please contact the nature center at Fontana Park at (319)-636-2617.
Friends of Fontana
The Friends of Fontana Park is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help fund development of educational displays, written materials (such as the newsletter), and educational programs offered at Fontana and other Buchanan County parks, for both children and adults. The FFP supports programs such as summer camps, nature hikes, survival skills, fishing contests, identifying birds, insects and wildflowers, planting trees, protecting our water, the night sky, earth-friendly crafts, and the seemingly endless number of creative programs that the naturalists at Fontana come up with.
Join us in supporting this important work. All members will receive special benefits, like an invitation to advance showings of new exhibits, discounts on programs sponsored by the Friends of Fontana Park (including camp discounts with a Family Membership), and an invitation to an annual campfire party. Members are eligible to serve on the Friends of Fontana Park Board of Directors. An annual individual membership is just $35.00; a family membership is $50.00; sponsor level membership is $100, and a business/corporate membership is $100. Those who join at the $100 level or higher will have a commemorative nameplate displayed in the Fontana Nature Center. Donations are tax deductible.
To join please fill out below form and mail with money to Fontana Park:
Member of Friends of Fontana Park
Cabins are open year-round. Current rates January 1st - April 14th are $65/night on weekends, and $55/night on weekdays. Rates April 15th - December 31st $75/night on weekends and holidays, and $65/night on weekdays. Call 319-636-2617 to make a reservation.
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Please be sure to contact the Fontana Office to check for availability prior to sending any forms.
Would you like to find out more about wildlife, county programs, Iowa fishing reports and more? Please email [email protected] to be placed on the Conservation Listserve. You will recieve 2-3 emails a week about conservation programs in Iowa.