Family Fun Event: Bees and Butterflies…

Beautiful Queen (Danaus gilippus) butterfly posed on a red flower feedingFamily Fun Event:  Bees and Butterflies…  As part of the Decorah Public Library “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!!! Summer Reading Program, families are invited to come to the Decorah Community Prairie and Butterfly Garden to celebrate bees and butterflies!

Learn about these amazing pollinators while having fun on Wednesday, June 15th.

For additional information about this event please click here Bees and Butterflies.

Also be sure to check out the Pollinator Celebration Party, hosted by NE Iowa Pollinator Partners, happening Saturday, June 18th here Pollinator Party.


Farmer’s Market Saturday morning Hosts Special Events

Dear Friends,

This week is the beginning of the Farmer’s Market Season in Winnneshiek County, and Saturday there are some special events to add to the fun!

From 8:00am to noon, you can take in a variety of special events. 9:30 might be an especially great time to come!

The local group ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels” will feature arts and gadgets, including the ‘Climate Ribbon Project’, where participants write on a ribbon what they don’t want to lose to climate change. They will also feature a number of solar ovens and other fossil fuel-free gadgets and trinkets.

From 10am-12pm, they will host an ‘Electric Car Show’ along Claiborne Dr near City Hall. Visit with electric vehicle owners, and learn more about how our community members are Breaking Free with their vehicles!

Break Free from Fossil Fuels is a global initiative, made possible by, that inspires communities throughout the world to pressure their leaders to break ties with the fossil fuel industry, and encourages communities to make strides towards a 100% renewable energy future. Find more information at Break Free Decorah.

The Pollinator Party is today! And you’re invited.

1-4 pm at the Community Prairie in Decorah

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Northeast Iowa Pollinator Partners invited you to a Pollinator Celebration Party at the Decorah Community Prairie on June 18th, from 1-4 p.m.  The event is free and suitable for adults and children alike.

Attendees will enjoy guided pollinator exploration walks through the prairie; making bee houses, habitat seed balls and pollinator masks; playing a pollinator game; engaging in a scavenger hunt, pollinator face painting and a pollinator book arts project. The party will also include a tour of a display hive; learning stations and take-home materials for two citizen science projects: The Great Sunflower Project and Million Pollinator Gardens, as well as a silent auction and a “Gifts from the Pollinators” basket raffle. “Pollen Nation”, a CD of pollinator music created by local artists will be for sale. Any proceeds from the CD sales and the silent auction will be used to support pollinator conservation in Northeast Iowa.

Funding for the event is provided by Thrivent Financial and community donations. For more information on this and other upcoming events, call (563) 382-2451 or see the Northeast Iowa Pollinator Partners Facebook page.

Up Up! Film Festival, April 13-23, 2016

Featured image for 'Up Up! Film Festival'What do you get when you add farms, food, rural issues, and film? The UP UP film festival! Running this week in Decorah and through April 23rd, this film festival will share perspectives on rural life, food systems, and farming. With films for all ages, movie subjects range from small chocolate growers in Mexico to cattle ranchers in Colorado.

To see the full schedule and descriptions of the films, visit:

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