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We're developing an
Education Center
here in
Winnebago County!

Want to help out?
Join us!

Friends of
Winnebago County
Foundation, Inc.

Check out our
Facebook page
We know you'll "like" us!
And check out our
Twitter feed here!

  Thorpe Park web cam
(requires Quicktime)

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Report fish and wildlife
violations to the Turn in
Poachers (TIP) Program by
calling 1-800-532-2020.
Provide as much information
as possible while remaining
annonymous. A conservation
officer will be dispatched to

WCCB Contact Information:

34496 110th Avenue
Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: 641-565-3390
Toll-Free: 888-841-8580

[Please do not call us if you need information about rural recycling. Instead, call Waste Management at 800-247-1012. Thank you!]

Email Us

General Downloads:

WCCB brochure

Winnebago River Water Trail brochure

Permit application for the Holland Youth Hunting Area

Map to Thorpe Park

Northland Nature Trail guide (Thorpe Park)

No Spray Request agreement

No Spray section map

Young Naturalist Backpack flyer

Florence Trap Shooting dates (July-August)

Lake Catherine Cabin Information:

Lake Catherine Cabin brochure

Available dates at the Lake Catherine Cabin

Lake Catherine Cabin reservation form

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There are 13 permitted geocaches hidden on WCCB areas!
Check out these geocaches by clicking on the links on our Environmental Education or Parks and Wildlife Areas pages!


Welcome to the Winnebago County Conservation Board,
one of 99 county conservation boards in Iowa.

We are located in the rolling hills of north-central Iowa's prairie pothole region.

Our purpose is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone and to protect and conserve our natural resources.

Scroll down for the latest news and browse through our web site often to see what we have to offer! And, be sure to contact us if you have any comments or questions!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter,and Pinterest!

Read the Summer issue of "The Prairie Country Quarterly" here!

And, be sure to check out the August edition
of the "Outdoor Journal", as well!

For information about our proposed Environmental Education Center, visit the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation's
web page!

Operation ReLeaf 2016

Details have been finalized for our fall Operation ReLeaf event and you can now place your order! Operation ReLeaf is a program sponsored by Alliant Energy, the Iowa DNR, and local county conservation boards, offering 5'-8' shade trees for the discounted price of only $25. Tree species that will be available this year include:
Kentucky Coffeetree (seedless)
Swamp White Oak
River Birch
Cucumbertree Magnolia
White Oak
American Hornbeam
"Leonard Messell" Magnolia
"Toka" Edible Plum
and "Superior" Edible Plum.

Information about each species can be found by clicking the links on the order form, which can be found here. Orders must be placed by September 14th and can be picked up at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds in Thompson on September 21st from 4:00-5:30 PM. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Operation ReLeaf

Petroglyphs and Prairies Bus Trip

Join us as we travel to the prairies of southwestern Minnesota on Septemberpetroglyph 10th to learn about Native American culture at the Pipestone National Monument and the Jeffers State Historical Site! We will browse through museums, watch films and demonstrations, and take a guided tour of the Jeffers petroglyphs (rock drawings).

The cost for the trip will be $70/person and covers everything except two meal stops. Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation members will receive a $10 discount. Contact Naturalist Lisa Ralls at 641-565-3390 for more information or to sign up.

Photo Contest Results

This spring and summer, the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation, along with the WCCB, hosted our "Discover Winnebago County Photo Contest." We received some wonderful photos, which were judged by a Waldorf University panel. The winners were then displayed at the Winnebago County Fair in July. We want to thank everyone who participated in our contest! For a complete list of winners, check out the Foundation's web page!

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay  
at the Lake Catherine Cabin!

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  For more information about the cabin,
you can download the following items:
Lake Catherine Cabin Brochure
Lake Catherine Cabin Rental Policy
Lake Catherine Cabin Reservation Form
Available Dates

If you have kids or grandkids, consider borrowing one of our
"Young Naturalist Backpacks!"

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                                                          treeThese backpacks can be checked out for up to two weeks
and contain fun items to help kids enjoy the outdoors,
such as binoculars, nets, tweezers, books, journals, coloring books, and outdoor activities. They're great for camping trips, vacations, or just hanging out at home!

The backpacks come in six different themes:
Nature Discovery
Ponds and Streams
Nature Art
and Young Explorer.

"Thanks so much!
The kids had a fantastic time using all of the fun things included in the backpacks."

If you'd like more information, or if you'd like to reserve a backpack, contact Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls at 641-565-3390.