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Little Storm Lake Discovery Centre

Little Storm Lake Discovery Centre

Overall aims of the centre include to invite visitors of all ages to explore the environment of the Storm Lake Watershed and particularly the Little Storm Lake Wetland.

Funding support: Donations and grant support – $250,000 current budget

Number of staff: Three full-time staff, eight active committee members

Number of visitors per year:

Overall aims of the centre

To invite visitors of all ages to explore the environment of the Storm Lake Watershed and particularly the Little Storm Lake Wetland

Description of the centre

Site plans: 2500 sq. ft. exhibit hall, ½ mile boardwalk focusing on aquatic plant and animal life.

Main CEPA work areas

The unique relationship and collaborations between the City of Storm Lake and Buena Vista University (BVU), which currently has an active freshwater biology and education program, has created an environment that is visibly altering the dynamics of this NW Iowa region. For example, BVU is involved in school programs, environmental education grants, and state-wide assessments and reporting through IOWATER.

Top three successes

Obtaining state grant money for Project Awaysis; connecting with BVU for current and future collaborations; soliciting state-wide interest in the wetland science center.

Top three challenges

Small population numbers within Storm Lake community; combined ownership of land at site; current use of land area for hunting.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning

Patti Moore, City Clerk (712-732-8000); Justin Yarosevich, Administrative Services Director (712-732-8000); Mike Wilson, Chair Project Awaysis Committee (712-732-4117)

Website address:  Not currently in operation.


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