WALLINGFORD - The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation and Emmet County Conservation Board welcomed Jenna Pollock as their new naturalist at their monthly meeting Thursday at the Emmet County Nature Center east of Wallingford.
Pollock, who is from Volga, graduated from Luther College in Decorah with a degree in psychology with a social welfare minor. She worked the last two summers as a naturalist in Clayton County.
Pollock has plans for more hands-on exhibits for children, including living eco-dioramas.
The foundation also discussed Pioneer Day which will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Peterson Point. The Buffalo Ridge Renegades will be on hand with living history displays.
Following the next day will be Youth Fall Day 1-4 p.m. at the Emmet County Izaak Walton League at the end of Valley Drive in Estherville. Board director Eric Anderson said there will be competition for .22, trapshooting, high-power, muzzleloaders, archery and crossbow for grades four through 12. The event is free, but participants are asked to call the Emmet County Nature Center at 867-4422 to register.
The Creatures of the Night Hike will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Nature Center.
Anderson said Estherville Lincoln Central students are coming to the Nature Center for fishing in October and archery in December.
The foundation also discussed the annual Emmet County Nature Center Foundation banquet Saturday, March 23 at the Estherville Elks Lodge. The board agreed that those who volunteer time at the Nature Center should receive complimentary banquet tickets.
Any businesses that would like to donate items to the banquet may call the Nature Center at 867-4422. The banquet is the major fundraising event that helps pay off the debt on the Nature Center.
As the board convened after the foundation meeting, Anderson gave an update on the Tuttle Lake watershed project. He said work had started on Wolden Campground pads and that the board is getting signs for new camping prices. He said the roof was done on the Wolden west larine and that the electrical update was also completed at Wolden.
Camping receipts for August were:
n Wolden, $4,744.
n Tuttle Lake, $3,771.
n Iowa Lake, $295.
Camping totals since July 1 were:
n Wolden, $11,057.
n Tuttle Lake, $13,546.
n Iowa Lake, $1,290.
Total receipts for July were $8,810 and $25,893 for the year.
The campgrounds will close Oct. 24.