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 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



Terracycle Drop-off at the Trempealeau Library - During Library Hours 

We are partnering with the library to launch a 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 tubes, eye pencils, eyeshadow cases, etc. These items will be collected for FREE with permanent bins at the library. Happy Dancing Turtle will periodically empty them & ship off the contents for recycling. 



Located in Winona: 

Programs at the Winona Public Library 

Early Release: Nature Bingo - Friday, January 18th, 1:30-2:30pm 

Join Nora at the Winona Public Library to play Nature Bingo! Think you can ID your plants, animals, or birds? Do you know any strange nature trivia? Instead of covering numbers, kids will cover images. Instead of reading numbers, Nora will ask nature-related questions! There will be prizes & lots of fun!! 

Love in Nature - Thursday, February 14th,  3:30-4:30pm 

Ever wonder what makes animals fall in love? Some pretty wild things! Like outrageously long and colorful feathers in birds, or how well a giraffe can use it's long neck to fight! Come learn about some of the strange ways animals find partners in the wild. Then join Nora in making some fun, animal-themed valentines to give to your loved ones!! 


Programs through WAPS Community Education

Reducing Plastic in Your Everyday Life (Adults) - Thursday, February 21st, 6:00-7:30pm, Winona Middle School Room - 260  

During this class we'll discover the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment, discuss some of the health concerns with using plastic products, and learn a variety of tips & tricks for reducing plastic in your home & life. Participants will go home with a reusable bamboo utensil set to start off your plastic-free on-the-go tool kit! Price: $8. Register online here

Making Bird Feeders with Everyday Recycled Materials (All Ages) - Thursday, March 21st, 6:00-7:00pm, Winona Middle School - Room 260  

Get ready to feed the hungry birds during spring migration! You don't have to buy an expensive feeder to bring birds into your yard. We'll take common, everyday recycling items such as tin cans, cartons, and milk jugs, and turn them into feeders for our feathered friends! Go home with new knowledge about feeding birds. Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Price: $8.00. Register online here

Introduction to Geocaching (All Ages) - Saturday, May 11th,  1:00-2:30pm, Meet at the Fireman's Pavilion - Eastside Lake Park in Winona

Geocaching is the modern day treasure hunt that will help your family have fun together in the great outdoors! We'll learn the basics of geocaching and how to use a GPS device to find caches. Then we'll spend the last hour of class searching for hidden treasures at Lake Park in Winona! Please dress appropriate for the weather. $10 per family/group, each group gets 1 GPS unit. Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Register online here


COMING SOON: This summer we hope to launch our Eco Camp program - an eco-themed day camp program for PreK - 6th grade students - in the Driftless Region! Check back for more details soon 



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 diverse topography, bountiful natural resources, unique and important ecosystems, 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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