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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.

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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!]

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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

Lake Catherine Cabin Information:

Lake Catherine Cabin brochure

Available dates at the Lake Catherine Cabin
Our cabin calendar is temporarily down. Please call for available dates. Thank you.

Lake Catherine Cabin reservation form

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There are 10 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!

Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc.

kayaking on the Winnebago River

We have 501c3 status, so donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible!
 Consider making a donation!

Our History

The Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc., was formed in 2012 to help support the conservation, recreation, and educational efforts of the Winnebago County Conservation Board. The first meeting of the Board of Directors was held at the Thorpe Park office on February 9th.

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the Foundation is to support the functions and efforts of the Winnebago County Conservation Board, including conserving and protecting our county's natural areas, assisting with environmental education efforts, and developing and maintaining public outdoor recreation areas in the county. We accomplish this by helping to raise funds for various WCCB projects, serving as an organizational base for volunteers, and advising the WCCB concerning the needs of the community in regards to educational programming and recreational resources.

Specific goals of the Foundation include:
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  • Guiding the WCCB in the research and development of a possible nature center in Winnebago County (see info below)
  • Helping the WCCB create new outdoor recreational opportunities for people, thus enhancing and promoting outdoor education and local tourism
  • Providing continued support for the WCCB's Environmental Education program and its needs
  • Organizing fundraising events to support WCCB projects.

Proposed Environmental Education Center

One of the goals of the Foundation is the development of an Environmental Education Center here in Winnebago County. The facility will serve as a center for educational programming for school and civic groups, as well as the general public. It will also educate visitors to our county about the natural resources we enjoy here in north-central Iowa. Currently, the WCCB has no place to hold indoor educational programs for groups of more than a dozen people, and no place to house educational displays.

proposed locationThe proposed 7,200 square-foot post and beam structure will also house the offices of the WCCB, replacing a 65-year-old, less than 2,000 square-foot building currently being used. The new facility will meet ADA requirements and be energy-efficient, possibly using a combination of geothermal, solar, and wind energy. The proposed location is north of Leland, just south of the junction of Highways 9 and 69, on the west side of the road.

We are currently in the fundraising stage of this exciting project! We plan to fund the new Center strictly through grants and donations. Your Foundation membership will greatly help us achieve this important goal! And, since we are a nonprofit foundation, your donations are tax-deductible. Please download a Foundation brochure and/or membership form for more information on how to join, or feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss larger donations.

Board Members

The Foundation Board consists of six community board members, the WCCB Director, the WCCB Naturalist, and a WCCB board member. The following individuals are current Foundation Board members:

Colleen Hovinga, Forest City (Chairperson)
Brad Huntington, Thompson (Vice Chairperson)
Tim Missal, Forest City (Secretary/Treasurer)
Robert Schwartz, Forest City (WCCB Director)
Lisa Ralls, Buffalo Center (WCCB Naturalist)
John Carlson, Lake Mills (WCCB Board Member)
Tim Ranes, Forest City
Larry Vold, Lake Mills
Doug Ostermann, Buffalo Center

How can I join?

The Foundation Board has set membership fees at the following rates:
  • $5 for students
  • $10 for individuals
  • $25 for families
  • $100 for small businesses
  • $250 for large corporations.

People can join the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc., by submitting the annual fee along with the membership form that can be found here. Of course, donations beyond those listed above are also greatly appreciated! All Foundation members, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend any of the Foundation Board meetings.

What do I get if I join?

Foundation members will have voting rights to determine the Foundation Board members, will receive certain discounts for WCCB programs and events, and will receive a subscription to "The Prairie Country Quarterly," the WCCB's newsletter. Members will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to the conservation of our county's natural resources and helping to assist environmental education efforts in Winnebago County!

Florence Trap Shooting Range

For more information about
the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc.,
you can contact the WCCB at 641-565-3390.
You can also download an informational brochure here.