Events & Programs


Sunday Public Programs
Winneshiek County Conservation hosts numerous public programs throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, Public Programs are free. Program locations vary. In case of severe weather, please tune into KDEC 100.5 or KVIK 104.7 for cancellation information. For programs requiring registration, and for more information, please call (563) 534-7145. 

2015 Program Schedule

More events may be added throughout the year.

January 25: Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing (2:00, Lake Meyer Campground shop)

Feb. 3: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike (7:00 pm; Lake Meyer Park, East picnic shelter above boat dock)

February 22: Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing (2:00, Lake Meyer Campground shop)

March 15: Bluebird House Building (2:00, Lake Meyer Campground shop, $5 suggested donation, bring a hammer if you have one)

March 29: Waterfowl Viewing at Cardinal Marsh (2:00, Meet at southwest entrance, off Madison Rd.)

March 29: Rain Barrel Workshop (2:00, Lake Meyer campground shop, registration required by March 25, $20 material fee)

April 19:  Backyard Conservation: Rain Gardens, Native Plants, and More! (2:00, Lake Meyer Nature Center)

April 26: Wildflower Walk (2:00, Lake Meyer Nature Center)

May 7: Recycled Tire Bird Feeders (6:00 pm, Lake Meyer Campground shop, registration required by May 5, $10 material fee; )

May 10: Bird Hike (2:00, Lake Meyer Nature Center)

May 17: Shorebird Viewing at Cardinal Marsh (2:00, Meet at southwest entrance, off Madison Rd.)

May 24: Wildflowers at Hayden Prairie (2:00, Meet at Hayden Prairie)

Leaf Casting: Sat., June 6 (9-11am) and Thurs., June 11 (6-7:30 pm). (Two-part workshop; participants should plan on attending both sessions. Registration required by June 11. $10 material fee. Lake Meyer Nature Center.)

June 28: Canoeing (2:00, registration required by June 26; Lake Meyer boat launch)

August 9: GPS and Geocaching (2:00, registration required by August 14; Lake Meyer Campground)

September 20: Canoeing (2:00, registration required by Sept. 18; Lake Meyer boat launch)

September 27: Full Moon Hike (7:15 pm; Lake Meyer Nature Center)

Conservation Book Club
Join our monthly book club discussing books related to conservation, sustainability, and the natural world. Click here for more information and the reading schedule. Free and open to all ages. New members are welcome at any meeting. 


Aldo Leopold Week Celebration Events
The first week of March has been officially designated "Aldo Leopold Week" by the State of Iowa. Please join us at the following events to learn more about and celebrate the legacy of this conservationist, author, and philosopher.

"Aldo Leopold and Conservation in Iowa Today"
Sunday, March 1 at 7:00 pm
Valders 206, Luther College Campus
Free and Open to All
This public conversation will include clips from the biographical film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time and readings from Leopold's seminal work, A Sand County Almanac. Following the Leopold features, event organizers will share information on some of the conservation challenges facing Iowa today, the success of local conservation projects, and newdevelopments in the work toward conserving our natural resources statewide.

Build Your Own Leopold Bench
Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 pm
Park Maintenance Shop next to Whalen Cabin (by Phelps Park in Decorah)
$30 materials fee
Participants ages 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult
Registration required by March 3 by calling Decorah Parks and Recreation at (563) 382-4158
Build the simple but elegant bench that Leopold developed, perfect for circling around a campfire, nestling in a shady spot in your yard, or setting in a quiet spot in your house. All materials and tools will be provided.


Annual Lake Meyer Ice Fishing Derby
RESCHEDULED due to the forecasted extreme cold and high winds.
Saturday, February 14, 2015   Sunday, February 22, 2015
Registration: 7:00 am   Registration Opens: 12:30 pm
Fishing: 7:30-11:30 am   Fishing: 12:30-4:30 pm
Fees: $5 for adults, free for kids (15 and under)
All ages welcome! All participants eligible for one of many door prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Pike, and Perch.
Catch and release of Bass and Northern encouraged. Bass must be over 15” to be eligible. Bring your own bucket, equipment and auger. A limited amount of fishing gear will be available for free use by children. No ATVs or driving on the lake will be permitted during the event. This derby is intended to be a fun event; final prize standings will be at the discretion of the WCCB staff.
For cancellation information due to weather or poor ice, please tune to KDEC 100.5 or KVIK 104.7.
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