The Clinton County Conservation Foundation (CCCF) was established with the purpose of supporting and promoting the mission and activities of the Clinton County Conservation Board (CCCB). The CCCF actually is very similar to other nonprofit conservation organizations like the Izaak Walton or a Pheasants Forever Chapter in that the foundation’s purpose is to improve the general state of conservation. The main difference is that the Clinton County Conservation Foundation may only use its funds to benefit the activities of the Clinton County Conservation Board. 

This ensures that monies raised or donated will directly benefit the residents of Clinton county. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity that can accept donations and gifts as well as conduct fundraising activities. One of the CCCF’s biggest events is its annual prime rib banquet dinner. 

The foundation will be hosting its fifth annual fundraising banquet today at the Eco Center at Rock Creek. It has developed a well-deserved reputation for serving up some of the best prime rib you’ll find anywhere along with a fun night of raffles and a live auction. Funds raised from this year’s event are earmarked for environmental education programs and facilities. The banquet sells out quickly but there may be a few tickets available at the door. If you don’t already have your tickets, you can call Rock Creek at 563-259-1876 to see if any might still be available.

Gifts made to the foundation can be earmarked for specific projects or you can allow the foundation to determine how a donation could best be utilized.  If you follow the Conservation Board’s activities, you probably know that we currently are working on an addition to the Eden Valley Nature Center. The Conservation Foundation has been instrumental in this and many other projects throughout the years. Some of their past accomplishments include creating a busing scholarship to help local schools foot the bill for busing to environmental education programs. They’ve also been instrumental in raising funds for the construction and development of the Eco Center at Rock Creek. Recently, the CCCF had secured a grant though the Clinton County Development Association to put a new ADA-compliant playground in at the Sherman Park campground. 

Obviously, there is a very strong bond between the Conservation Board and the Conservation Foundation.  Since its inception, the CCCB and the CCCF have complimented each other with the end-result being a stronger conservation effort put forth to the benefit of both the environment and the people of Clinton County. If you are interested in helping the conservation foundation, it can be contacted at Clinton County Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Grand Mound, Iowa 52751 or call the Conservation Board at 563-847-7202 and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with a foundation member.  

Walt Wickham is the executive director of the Clinton County Conservation Board