Driftless Region

A member of the HDT team recently relocated to the Winona, MN area and took Happy Dancing Turtle with her! We are excited to be extending our reach into a second location – the Driftless Region. Nora will be returning to the Pine River location frequently during the summer before putting her whole effort into working to fulfill our mission in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She will be promoting sustainable living through a variety of outreach and educational activities. You can follow our Driftless Region activities on our new Facebook page.


Events in the Driftless Region 

Located in Trempealeau:

leaf-artNature Club - First Thursday of the Month - 3:00-4:30pm - HDT Driftless is offering a once a month after-school club in collaboration with the Trempealeau Public Library. We'll learn about plants, animals, and the rest of the environment through a variety of activities, games, STEM challenges, books, crafts, and more! More importantly, kids will also learn how to be good stewards for the natural resources we learn about! 

There are numerous benefits to time spent outdoors and playing in nature. We will try our best to spend part of EVERY class session outside, no matter the weather! Please make sure your child is prepared for the weather! Meet at the Trempealeau Public Library. 

Dates: September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, December 6th





Recycling Open House - 9:00am-12:00pm - In preparation for American Recycles Day, stop in at the Trempealeau Public Library to chat about recycling! We'll have resources about local reycling services, what to do with items you can't put curbside, and information about local recycling programs, drop-offs, & collections you may not know about! 

PLUS: The library will be launching its new collection program for personal care product and cosmetic packaging, as well as empty (and clean) squeeze snack pouches. Items include: any brand of kid's squeeze snack pouches and plastic lids; shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, and soap bottles and lids; hair spray (no cans) and hair gel bottles with lids and spray tops; and empty cosmetic products such as mascara tubes, lipstick tupes, eye pencils, eyeshadow cases, etc. These items will be collected for FREE with permanent bins at the library. 

In addition, FOR ONE DAY ONLY, we will be collecting your Halloween Candy Wrappers for free recycling! 




Located in Winona: 

Chickadee-JugBirding for Beginners - Tuesday, October 23rd - 6:00-7:30pm 

Backyard birding is a great activity for the whole family & winter is the perfect time to start! Join us to learn which birds will stick around through winter, how to ID them, what they like to eat, and how to maintain your feeders. You'll also learn about fun family programs to participate in. We'll end the class by making our very own bird feeders out of commonly recycled items!

This class is offered through Winona Area Public Schools Community Education & will meet at Winona Senior Highschool in Room 141A. Fee: $5. Online Registration available. 




Programs at the Winona Public Library 

Storytime with HDT - Tuesday, October 16 & Tuesday, November 27 - 10:30-11:00am 

Join Nora at the Winona Public Library storytime for a read-a-loud story and related crafts, songs, and activities! In October, we'll be learning about leaves and trees. In November, we'll be learning about hibernation. This program is intended for children 2-5 years old with a caregiver present. 

Bookworms with HDT - Tuesday, October 18 - 3:00-4:00pm 

HDT is excited to be a guest at WPL's Youth Book Club! Kids are reading The Wild Robot  by Peter Brown. After a discussion of the chapters they just read, they'll join Nora in a fun survival activity in the library! 

Nature Observers - Thursday, November 8 - 3:00-4:00pm

Children ages 7-10 can join us at the library to test their nature observer abilities with a fun game of jeopardy! Kids will share their knowledge and learn new facts about Minnesota's plants and animals. Prizes will be available! After, we'll practice our observing skills with a few fun games! 

Flippin' For Books - Saturday, November 17, 8:30-11:30am (At the Winona Senior High School) 

Join us for this free family literacy & wellness fair for families with young children; siblings welcome! Happy Dancing Turtle will have a booth at this event, as well as a list of some of our favorite books about nature, sustainability, and stewardship! There will be storytelling, crafts, a free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10 AM and each child attending goes home with a free book!

Recycled Crafts - Thursday, November 29 - 3:00-4:00pm 

We'll kick off class with a short discussion about recycling and reusing common items in our house. Then, we'll use some of those items and repurpose them into crafts! We'll make a winter decoration from an old sock & make a fun game from recycled cardboard. Kids will be able to take their creations home! This program is aimed for children from 7-10 years old. 



Why Driftless?

The Driftless Region is an area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois that was untouched by glaciers during the last ice age. This means it is free from the glacial drift, (sediment deposits) that were left behind to cover much of the rest of the Midwest during the last glacial retreat. This area lays claim to an incredibly dierse topography, bountiful natural resources, unique and important ecocystems, and a high concentration of organic farms. We are excited to build our connections as we extend our outreach in this area of the Midwest!







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