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Hanson Nature Center: Capital Campaign


The Hanson Nature Center Grand Opening has been scheduled for Saturday, July 13th, from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. We invite everyone to come tour the new facility and enjoy some refreshments!

Connecting Generations Naturally: A Campaign to Build an Environmental Education Center in Winnebago County

Why an Environmental Education Center?

The site of Winnebago County Conservation's new environmental education center.Almost 3/4 of Iowa's counties now have nature centers. These facilities get people outdoors and promote an increased quality of life. They offer environmental programming for school and civic groups, as well as the general public. They are tourist destinations that help visitors learn about the valuable natural resources of the area and also serve as meeting locations for local civic groups and other organizations. Our center will serve all of these purposes, as well as house the offices of the WCCB.

  • The center will contain exhibits and interactive displays to help increase people's awareness and knowledge of their natural resources, as well as how to conserve those resources.
  • It is centrally-located in the county, just south of the north junction of Highways 9 and 69.
  • The building is 40' x 96', or 7,680 square feet over two levels.
  • It is eye-catching, with 28'-high vaulted ceilings.
  • The building meets ADA specifications for accessibility.
  • Rooms include offices, a large program/meeting room (that seats 85-100 people), an exhibit area, a workshop/activity area, a staff meeting room, and a kitchenette.

The center is located at 41600 Hwy 69, Leland, IA 50453.

Center Details and Map


Winnebago County Conservation Environmental Education Center plans.

Although the building itself is finished, fundraising continues! We still need to pay off our bills, as well as raise additional money to purchase furnishings and create exhibits.

The following donor recognition levels have been established...

  • Chickadee Level: < $250
  • Bluebird Level: $250-$499
  • Goldfinch Level: $500-$999
  • Cardinal Level: $1,000-$2,499
  • Sandhill Crane Level: $2,500-$4,999
  • Trumpeter Swan Level: $5,000-$9,999
  • Bald Eagle Level: $10,000 and higher.

All donations  will be recognized in "The Prairie Country Quarterly," our quarterly newsletter. Donations of $250 and higher will also be recognized at the center itself. A variety of naming opportunities will also be available for larger donations.

Groundbreaking Photos

If you would like to help us with this exciting project, you can fill out and send us this Pledge Form and your donations to:

The Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation, Inc.
41600 Highway 69
Leland, IA   50453

You can also donate via credit card, debit card, or Pay Pal. If you donate online, you can email the Pledge Form to [email protected].

Our Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible. If you have questions about this project, or if you would like to make an especially large donation, please feel free to call and talk to us at 641-565-3390.

Thank you!

Construction Progress

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