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Tama County Conservation
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Toledo, IA 52342
Telephone and FAX: (641) 484-2231

Nature Center

The Nature Center has been built entirely through
non-property tax revenue sources such as grants, donations and fundraisers.

Diorama Stream

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.

Diorama - Completed

animal huntingThe Tama County Nature Center is located at 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.

The last remaining component of the Nature Center is the formal displays for the facility. A Nature Center Exhibit Team worked with Museum Professionals, Inc. of Loretto, MN, for three years to develop the Conceptual Design document to guide the fabrication stage of the project.

By 2013 enough funds were raised to begin fabrication of Phase 1- Exhibit Component- Riparian Diorama. The diorama is nearing completion the fall of 2013 with a grand opening slated for late spring 2014. When a date is set it will be posted on this website.

Fundraising for the final phase of the exhibit component- Phase II is slated to begin during the fall of 2013.

The Exhibit Team members are: 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, and Traer- Yvette Berner. 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.


To download, right click on download link and 'save target as'
Can We Use the Nature Center Downloadable Brochure
or download the text version here.

Please tour the rest of the Conservation area below:
Facilities - Fees - Rules - Nature Center
- Links
Map to Otter Creek Lake and Park

Board Meeting Minutes

Under pertinent federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis 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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