Toledo, IA 52342
Telephone and FAX: (641) 484-2231
Nature Center has been built entirely through
revenue sources such as grants, donations and fundraisers.
|A diorama is a three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
The Tama County Nature Center is located at beautiful Otter Creek Lake and Park in central Tama County. The 5,600 sq. ft. facility is a work in progress as construction has been phased over the past two decades. The facility has been made possible through use of non-property tax revenues including grants, donations and fundraisers.
Exciting things are happening at your Nature Center as work on Phase 2 of the exhibit room is nearing completion. Phase 2 has added several interesting displays in the space adjoining the Riparian Diorama. The diorama was completed in the fall of 2013. With a grand opening planned for October, 2016, visitors will be able to view a beautiful Trumpeter Swan mount with a wrap around mural of habitat spanning from pre-settlement to modern day. Learn about water quality and the importance of mussels. Be enthralled by the beautiful monarch butterfly and the challenges facing the species which has declined by 80% in recent years. Visitors will be able to locate towns and farmsteads on a large image of the county and finally children will be challenged by a fun and educational discovery wall.
Funds are still being raised to help finance the Phase 2 Exhibits and environmental education programming of the Conservation Board. Chris Anderson, Naturalist/Park Ranger, is available to help plan and host field trips to Otter Creek Lake and Park and is working with local school districts to help enrich their STEM programs.
The Exhibit Team members serving during Phase 1 & 2 development have been: Chelsea- Josh Van Hamme, Dysart- David Hill, Cathy Wieck, Gladbrook- Geri Eilers, Montour- Melody Bro, Tama- George Corum, Ginny Elliott, Toledo- Dennis Appelgate, Bob Etzel, Jim Little, Denise Fletcher, and Traer- Yvette Berner, Judy Krebsbach. These individuals have graciously donated their time and talents to assure a quality display component of the Nature Center will be available to Tama County residents and guests.
While the facility is being used for environmental education activities of the board it may also be rented to serve as host site for private events such as training workshops, banquets, weddings and receptions.
There are restrictive policies in place regarding use of the Nature Center. A brief overview of use of the Nature Center is outlined in the "Can We Use the Nature Center" brochure or you can download the text version here.
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We Use the Nature Center Downloadable Brochure or download the text version here.
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of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap the Tama County
Conservation Board strives to provide quality programs of environmental
education and outdoor recreation for all persons. If you feel that
you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility
operated by the Tama County Conservation Board you should write to:
Director, Tama County Conservation Board, 2283 Park Road, Toledo,
IA 52342, or the Equal
Opportunity Commission, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
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