Dr. Kevin and Leslie Sand of Decorah have donated a "challenge gift" to the Decorah Fish Hatchery Education Center. Above, from left, Brian Malaise, Decorah Fish Hatchery manager, Dr. Kevin and Leslie Sand, and Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery Board member Tom Murray. The donation will match future gifts to complete the funding for the new timber frame pavilion and restrooms at the Fish Hatchery. In addition, a major portion of their gift will also match future donations to fund many of the educational sites within the planned outdoor education center.
Dr. Kevin and Leslie Sand of Decorah have donated a "challenge gift" to the Decorah Fish Hatchery Education Center.
"Their generous support will serve as a 'challenge gift' to match future gifts to complete the funding for the new timber frame pavilion and restrooms at the historic Decorah Fish Hatchery," said Randy Iverson, Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery Board chairman.
In addition, a major portion of their gift will also match future gifts to fund many of the educational sites within the plans for the proposed outdoor education center.
The Sands wanted to help create a special place that would provide children and future visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn and appreciate the history and natural wonders that are abundantly displayed throughout Northeast Iowa and especially at the Decorah Fish Hatchery and the Decorah area.
"The Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery Board would like to thank the Sands and all the individuals and groups who have contributed to the new pavilion and restrooms building project over the past two years," Iverson said.
20 learning stations
"The Educational Center will include over twenty learning stations within the new pavilion and throughout the Fish Hatchery grounds for thousands of visitors each year," said Decorah Fish Hatchery Manager Brian Malaise.
The learning stations will provide educational information about a wide variety of topics including the history of the fish hatchery, the trout-rearing program, the importance of healthy watersheds for our area rivers and streams and a solar energy site.
There also will be numerous natural history sites about birds, including the Decorah eagles, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, trees, native prairie grasses and plants, and the unique geology of Northeast Iowa.
"State-of-the-art informational technology will also be available at each site. The outdoor learning opportunities are truly endless in this beautiful valley," Malaise said.
For more information about the proposed education center and how you can give a first time or additional gift, contact: Paul Berland, 563-864-7112, email@example.com or Brian Malaise, 563-382-8324, Brian.Malise@dnr.iowa.gov.
To send a contribution and become a Friend of the Decorah Fish Hatchery, mail a check to: Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery, P.O. Box 46, Decorah, IA 52101
or make a gift on-line at decorahfishhatchery.org.