Washington County Conservation Board wins award
The Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN) and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) is proud to announce that the Washington County Conservation Board is the 2013 recipient of its Outstanding Environmental Education Program with two or fewer naturalists. This is the third time Washington County has won this award.
The county’s sole naturalist, Pamela Holz, works with other conservation board members, staff, volunteers, and local agencies to provide over 300 programs annually, reaching over 12,000 participants. Given limited budget and resources, these numbers far exceed most other similarly sized counties with one or two naturalists. In addition, many of 2013’s programs and publications celebrated the agency’s 50th anniversary. Recent improvements at Marr Park, including paved trails and renovated lodge/pond project, have also enhanced program flexibility.
The county’s environmental education program has recently brought a traveling Smithsonian exhibit to the Conservation Education Center at Marr Park. This exhibit is available for public viewing, free of charge, during the Center’s normal business hours through the month of April. A traveling exhibit on snakes is scheduled for the Center for early 2015.
Pamela Holz accepted the award on behalf of her organization during IAN’s spring workshop last week at the Dickinson County Nature Center near Lake Okoboji.