ILHA launched new website

Working with the ILHA is not new to us as the Lincoln Heritage Byway is one of our programs. One new way we assisted the Association this summer was by hosting a Lincoln Highway Association Intern and assisting them on projects for the association. One major project that Paul, our intern, accomplished was the creation of a new website. It consists of the same information the old site had and then some! We are still gathering and updating information for each county and events as they are submitted. It truly is a very modern and nice looking website.  Check it out! http://www.iowalincolnhighway.org/ Another big project that is almost ready for print is the creation of a Greene County Brochure. Paul created a wonderful design with information about transportation and the history of Greene County provided by Bob and Joyce Ausberger. With only a few more edits we are hopeful that the brochure will be printed and distributed to the Greene County area...
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Drake University Presents Plans

April 1st staff members and a few board members (Jim Richardson, Erv Klaas, Jan Sherwood, and Reed Riskedahl) ventured down to the capital city to listen to Drake University students present their comprehensive public relations campaigns for our organization. Four teams presented to our group followed by a question and answer session from us for each group. The result of these plans stem from a yearlong partnership with Drake University’s Public Relations Research Methods (JMC 136) and Public Relations Campaign Strategies (JMC 146) classes. First semester they focused on primary and secondary research. This time presentations were focused on giving Prairie Rivers of Iowa a variety of ways to strengthen our brand. Students communicated ideas on outreach opportunities, internal communication solutions, program building and materials are just a few of the subjects they tackled. The students were professional and very knowledgeable of their research they had conducted for their conclusions. With energy, imagination, catchy presentations and a few surprises to catch our attention,...
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Working with Drake University

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is happy to have entered early this year into a partnership with Drake University’s Public Relations Research Methods (JMC 136) and Public Relations Campaign Strategies (JMC 146) classes this academic year. Prairie Rivers of Iowa is working with Drake students to assit us in creating a wide range of marketing, research, writing, and other activities. During this the students receive their own professional experience that will aid them as they prepare for the job market. Students have begun working on primary and secondary research. The students came in to our office on November 7th to interview staff and are in contact with our board members, donors, and volunteers by sending out surveys. These interviews will help the students gain more insight to our organization and the people  we support. If you receive an email survey, please be sure to take a few minutes to complete it. Jim Richardson, Prairie Rivers of Iowa Board President, says, “Prairie Rivers is extremely...
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Learning and Exploring the Outdoors

On May 6th, North Tama's 5th graders traveled to Ferguson Timbers in Marshalltown, Iowa to partake in their third and final capstone event of the school year.  The kids are in the midst of their environmental stewardship unit and are learning about the importance of certain things such as water quality.  The day was filled with learning about current environmental issues, the how to's of camping and basic survival skills, and just a general appreciation for the outdoors. The capstone event took place at Ferguson Timbers, an educational area under a conservation easement with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  The area had everything from wooded trails to rolling prairies and even a glimpse of the powerful Iowa River.  It was the perfect place for the kids to interact with the handful of experts that volunteered to share their expertise. Marlene Ehresman is the executive director of the Iowa Wildlife Center and she took the students on a nature hike where she showed the...
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