Events & Programs


Sunday Public Programs

Winneshiek County Conservation hosts numerous public programs throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, Sunday Public Programs are located at the Lake Meyer Nature Center, are free, and start at 2:00 pm on Sundays. In case of severe weather, please tune into KDEC 100.5 or KVIK 104.7 for cancellation information.


2014 Spring, Summer, and Fall Program Schedule

February 16 - Cross-Country Skiing(pre-registration requested by calling (563) 534-7145; located at the Lake Meyer shop in the campground)

March 23 - Bluebird House Building (located at the Lake Meyer shop in the campground)

March 30 - Waterfowl Viewing at Cardinal Marsh (meet at the southwest entrance to Cardinal Marsh, off Madison Rd.)

March 30 - Rain Barrel Workshop (Additional information below)

April 27 - Wildflower Walk

May 11 - Warbler Walk

May 18 - Shorebird Viewing at Cardinal Marsh (meet at the southwest entrance to Cardinal Marsh, off Madison Rd.)

May 25 - Wildflower Walk at Hayden Prairie (meet at Hayden Prairie)

Saturday, June 21 and Thursday, June 26 - Concrete Leaf Casting (Additional details below)

June 22 - Canoeing Cancelled due to water conditions.

July 6 - NABA Butterfly Count

August 10 - Mushroom Foray

August 31 - Fall Warbler Walk

October 12 - Sparrow Birding at Chipera Prairie (meet at Chipera Prairie)


Directions to Cardinal Marsh, Hayden Prairie, and Chipera Prairie



Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph

Sunday, July 27 at 7pmJenniferPharrDavis

Luther College - Valders 206

Free and Open to the Public


Come spend an evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis, overall (male and female) record holder for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Jennifer will recount the trials and triumphs of her record-breaking 2011 thru-hike, when she hiked the 2,181 miles in just 46 days, averaging 47 miles a day! A book signing will follow the presentation.


Pre-Lecture Community Hike: Sunday, July 27 at 3:30 pm. Join an afternoon group hike led by Peg Matter exploring the trails around Luther's 800 acres of diverse habitat, ranging from mature hardwood forests to tallgrass prairie, then grab a bite to eat before heading to the lecture.  All experience levels welcome. Meet at the Baker Village Commons. More details available at Decorah Hatchery.


Jennifer's presentation is a "Do the Driftless" community event, so come pick up  your window cling, register to win the kayak, and celebrate all that makes the Driftless Area great!


Thanks to the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities,  KDEC, the Decorah Hatchery, and Toppling Goliath for helping support this presentation.



Driftless Safari 2014


Driftless Safari is now underway for 2014. Visit or stop by your local Winneshiek County Public Library for more information on how you can join in on this free, summer-long adventure!

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