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    A publication of the Sac County Conservation Board

    To initiate awareness and foster stewardship of natures rewards.

    Newsletter Line Up

    2.Fact Files

    2.Directors Notes

    3.Upcoming Events

    4.Kids Korner

    5.Nature News

    6.At-a-glance Calendar

    Conservation Center Hours

    Monday-Friday

    May-September

    7:00 AM -3:30 PM

    October-April 8:00 AM 4:30 PM

    A High Tech Scavenger Hunt: Geocaching

    What is Geocaching?

    Geocaching is an outdoor, recreational, activity where participants use a GPS or other navigation device to hide and seek containers anywhere in the world.

    How does it work?

    In the beginning this activity required a personal GPS (global positioning system) unit but now geocaching is as easy as ever!

    You can download the official geocaching app in the Apple or Google Play Store; look for the green icon. There are 2 levels to this app, the basic level is free and many caches (including all SCCB caches) are available at this level.

    For a fee you can become a premium member and gain access to even more caches! Once downloaded you will see caches that are near you, click on one and start navigating to find it. Once you find the cache; log it in the app, sign the log inside the cache, and then replace the container exactly as you found

    it for others to find.

    *Remember the navigation may not lead you directly to the container and some may be slightly hidden. When you are within a few feet of the cache

    start looking all around to find it.

    Join the hunt!

    This is not the first time that SCCB has participated in geocaching, nor the last! Any previous hiding spots and caches have been disabled and removed

    and there have been new ones placed throughout the SCCB areas.

    Not sure how to start Geocaching?

    As mentioned you can download the app and start searching! However, if you want guided assistance, check the events page for both GPS unit and mobile device

    geocaching opportunities!

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    Directors Notes

    As we begin to see the summer season change into fall, the SCCB recently experienced a change as well. Long time employee Sandi Huster, said goodbye after 32 years. As secretary with SCCB she was the voice that answered the phone and the face that greeted visitors to the center. We wish Sandi the best in the future and thank her for all she has meant to the SCCB over the past 3 decades!

    The cooler weather is also a sign that hunting seasons have already begun or will be shortly! We have several areas open to public hunting. Be sure to check the rules and regulations because some areas have special ones pertaining to them. If you have any questions regarding these please contact the SCCB office by stopping in at Hagge Park or by phone: 712-662-4530.

    Fall is also a great time to get some last camping trips in! All of our campgrounds (Reiff, Grant and Hagge Park) will be open through the first weekend of October, and then they will begin to be shut down. Reiff Park will be receiving some electrical system updates after closure this season and new 50 amp service will be installed. We are excited for what that can offer you as a camper next year!

    Another shelter was constructed on the Sauk Rail Trail this summer. It is located at the intersection of Perkins Ave and 350th Street. This shelter was completed with donations from The Andy and Mitzi Meredith Family, Sauk Rail Trail Association and Sac County Conservation Foundation.

    Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy your county parks, close to home!

    Fact Files!

    Monarch Butterfly

    (Danaus plexippus)

    Migrating butterflies can travel 50-100 miles a day!

    The preferred foods as a caterpillar is any species of Milkweed.

    The toxins in the sap of the Milkweed plants consumed as caterpillars makes the butterflies toxic to other animals if eaten.

    The adults have orange and black warning colors to avoid being eaten.

    Keep an eye out for migrating butterflies on the way to Mexico!

    Have an idea for a future file? Email me at sccbnat@frontiernet.net and it could be next!

    Thank You!

    Summer Staff: Grant Park Attendant-Roger Huster Grant Park Camp Hosts-Terry & Melissa Rath Hagge Park Camp Host-Diane Page Conservation Aides- Norm Lewman & Derrick Ringgenberg Triple A Seeds for bird seed donation.

    Buena Vista County Conservation for use of archery equipment.

    Sac County Iowa State Extension for help with the Summer Fishing Clinic.

    mailto:sccbnat@frontiernet.net

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    SCCB Upcoming Events

    *Find us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

    * To register for a program, email sccbnat@frontiernet.net or call 712-662-4530. *Events may be cancelled if there are extreme weather conditions or if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.

    September 2017

    Monday the 11th Iowa Honey Queen Visit- 6:45 PM

    We are pleased to host the 2017 Iowa Honey Queen Carly Raye Vannoy as she presents a program on bees, bee keeping and honey. Program is free of charge, open to all ages, and registration is appreciated.

    Saturday the 16th SCCB at the Clay County Fair- 9:00 AM- 1:30 PM

    Sac County Conservation will be stationed in the Sudholm Environmental Education Center (Log Cabin) to greet visitors at the fair. Megan will be giving a program on snakes at 10:00 AM, stop by and say hi!

    Wednesday the 20th Knee High Naturalists: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! - 10:00-10:45 AM OR 5:00-5:45 PM

    Knee High Naturalists are children ages 2-4 and have an accompanying adult attend the program. This month we will be reading the book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! and participating in Monarch migration related crafts, activities, and snack! Some activities may be outside, dress accordingly. Program is free of charge but registration is REQUIRED.

    October 2017 Sunday the 8th Geocaching 101- 1:00-2:00 PM

    Interested in Geocaching but not sure where to start? Come to this program to learn about this outdoor recreational hide and seek activity. You will need to bring a personal mobile device that can download apps. We will learn about the history of the activity, what to expect, find a Geocache together and then you will be set to continue finding caches all over the world! Program is free of charge, suggested ages 12+, and registration is appreciated.

    Wednesday the 18th Knee High Naturalists: Bats! - 10:00-10:45 AM OR 5:00-5:45 PM

    Knee High Naturalists are children ages 2-4 and have an accompanying adult attend the program. This month we will be reading the book Stellaluna and participating in bat related crafts, activities, and snack! Some activities may be outside, dress accordingly. Program is of charge but registration is REQUIRED.

    Sunday the 22nd Halloween Geocache 1:00 PM OR 3:00 PM

    This year mix up how you trick-or-treat! Come out to Hagge Park to find treats using a GPS unit around the park. Due to limited GPS units there will be 2 start times. A small group or family only requires 1 unit, if you are a group of 2-3 you may be partnered with others to maximize unit usage.*Registration is REQUIRED. This event will take you on and off trail at the park with moderate hill terrain and steps; not suggested for strollers. Program is free of charge, bring a collection container/bag and feel free to wear costumes!

    November 2017 Wednesday the 15th Knee High Naturalists: Pumpkins- 10:00-10:45AM OR 5:00-5:45 PM

    Knee High Naturalists are children ages 2-4 and have an accompanying adult attend the program. This month we will be focusing on Pumpkins. In this program children and adults alike will participate in crafts, activities (may be outside), a story and a snack. Program is free of charge but registration is REQUIRED.

    Tuesday the 21st Tall Grass Prairie Exhibit Open House- 5:00-7:00 PM

    The conservation education center will be hosting a traveling exhibit about the Tall Grass Prairie! In this come and go style program, check out the exhibit to learn all about prairie plants, animals, and how people of the past lived off the land.

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    Kids Korner

    Find your way through the acorn!

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    Nature News

    Summer Program Photos

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    Events At A Glance

    Sac County Conservation Board

    Board Members

    Chairperson Elizabeth Partridge

    Blessington, Auburn

    Vice Chairperson Kenny Bentsen, Sac City

    Secretary

    Andy Meredith, Lake View

    Member Dean Stock, Lake View

    Member

    Rich Feilmeier, Early

    Staff

    Executive Director Chris Bass

    Secretary

    Sandi Huster

    Naturalist Megan Cook

    Meetings

    Regular board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Sac County Conservation Center. These meetings are open to the public.

    Contact Information

    Hagge Park Office

    (712) 662-4530

    Email: saccocon@frontiernet.net

    The Sac County Conservation Board in the provisions of services and facilities to the public does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age or handicap. If anyone believes he or she has been subjected to such discrimination, he or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Sac County Conservation Board Office of the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington D.C. 20240

    Date Time Event September 2017 Monday the 11th 6:45 PM Iowa Bee Queen Visit Saturday the 16th 9:00 AM 1:30 PM SCCB @ Clay County Fair Wednesday the 20th 10:00-10:45 AM or 5:00-5:45 PM KHN: Monarchs October 2017 Sunday the 8th 1:00-2:00 PM Geocaching 101 Wednesday the 18th 10:00-10:45 AM or 5:00-5:45 PM KHN: Bats! Sunday the 22nd 1:00PM OR 3:00 PM Halloween Geocache

    November 2017 Wednesday the 15th 10:00-10:45 AM or 5:00-5:45 PM KHN: Pumpkins Tuesday the 21st 5:00-7:00 PM TGP Exhibit Open House

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Minnesota Avian Adventure 2018 Friday, February 9th Monday, February 12th

    Stay tuned for details on this 5th annual guided trip to the North Woods in search

    of birds, scenery, wildlife and lasting memories!

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