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601 S. Illinois Ave., Mason City • 641-423-0844
www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo
Mon.-Thurs. 8 am-4:30 pm • Fri. 8 am-Noon

Gardening Lunch and Learn!

Cerro Gordo Extension will be offering three
answers to frequently asked gardening
1-hour webcasts this summer.
questions with Aaron Steil, assistant
Master Gardeners will receive 1 hour of
director at Reiman Gardens.
continuing education credit for each webinar.
• July 9 at 12 noon- Ecology Plus Diversity.
Bring a friend and your lunch and learn!
Explore how to create plant communities
• June 25 at 12 noon-Give Your Garden Wings.
that mimic nature with Grant Thompson,
Jessie Lowry, director of conservation and
assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa
research at Blank Park Zoo, will share
State.
pollinator garden best practices. Participants
Registration Fee: $5.00 per each webcast.
will learn what to plant and will get to
Register to Jeanene at 641-423-0844 or
explore the monarch butterfly migration
jblick@iastate.edu All program fees will be
• July 2 at 12 noon-Gardening FAQ. From
used to off-set direct expenses.
vegetables to flowers, explore the in-depth

4-H Members Go “Back to Nature” at Overnight Camp
Last week 50 4-H members from Cerro Gordo,
Worth, Franklin, Floyd, and Mitchell Counties
loaded a charter bus and spent two nights and three
days at Clover Woods Camp in Madrid, IA. During
the first night at camp, 4-H members got to make
their own supper of pie iron pizzas over the fire and
make t-shirts. The second day was packed full of
learning activities such as a creek walk, rock climbing
(50 feet in the air!), and a Native Bees program
which was led by a Boone County 4-H member. In
the afternoon they got to go swimming and play
everyone’s favorite GaGa Ball! During the evening
they performed skits that their cabin had spent the
past two days working on with the theme “County
Fair.” We had some awesome skits which included
rodeos, queen pageants, and 4-H Judging Day. They

concluded the evening with s’mores and games! The
last day of camp was spent signing t-shirts, taking
pictures and packing up to head back home. The
members loaded the charter bus and hit the road. It
was a great experience for all involved.

Pictured above is all of the campers that attended Back to Nature Camp

Pictured above are 4-H members on the creek walk

Power of Produce!

Cerro Gordo County Extension will be helping with
Power of Produce (POP). POP Club is a farmer’s marketbased program that seeks to teach children ages 4-8
about fruits and vegetables through fun activities. Every
time a child attends POP they receive a $2.00 spending
voucher to spend on the fruit or vegetable of their choice
at the market. This free program will take place every

Pictured above are Addison Cooper
and Emma Sondermann in front of
the rock climbing wall

Pictured above is Amanda
Blanchard making her way
up the rock climbing wall

Tuesday from June 11 through August 20th at the North
Iowa Farmer’s Market. Registration is required and
can be found at https://northiowafarmersmarket.com/
pop/. Cerro Gordo County Extension will be there on
June 25, July 23, and August 20 with educational
and fun activities and make and takes for the youth
to enjoy!

Scales and Tails Day Camp
On Tuesday, June 11th, kids
from kindergarten through 3rd
grade came out to the Lime Creek
Nature Center for the Scales and
Tails day camp. We started our day
by learning about herpetology and
the differences between amphibians
and reptiles. Throughout the day
the kids participated in a variety of
hands on activities. They learned
about amphibian eggs through an
experiment with Jell-O and water,
learned how reptiles stay cool in
the heat, what their scales are used
for, and how frogs catch bugs.

In the afternoon we listened to a
guest speaker from the Lime Creek
Nature Center and learned a lot
of cool information about reptiles
and amphibians that live in Iowa.
During the presentation, kids got to
touch a toad, salamander, and turtle
along with hold a snake. We ended
the day with painting our own wood
snakes.
If your child is interested in joining
us for our summer day camps, please
contact Michelle at 641-423-0844 or
mschub@iastate.edu for more
information.

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