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Waconia High School Conservation Club
The Waconia High School Conservation Club is an organization designed for Waconia Senior High students who enjoy nature and would like to help preserve it. The club’s motto is “Explore, Expand, and Protect our Natural Resources". The club’s goals are to get students involved in outdoor learning, stewardship, and hands on activities. Some of the activities that students participate in are listed below. Meetings, activities, and events are held year-round.
There is no fee attached and most outings and events are free to its members. The club operates strictly on a donation budget. Anyone interested in making a donation or sharing a skill please contact club advisors Wayne Trapp ( ) or Mike Jensen ( ) at Waconia High School, 1400 Community Dr., Waconia, MN 55387.
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The WHS Conservation Club has adopted a two mile stretch of Carver County Road 30 between Waconia and Mayer. The club picks up trash in the spring and the fall each year. Members pick up an average of twenty five bags of trash each spring and fall.
Each fall at one home football game Conservation Club Members get together in the end zone parking lot to “tailgate”. Club members and parents bring in and cook wild game for the members to enjoy. Duck, goose, pheasant, deer, elk, and grouse have all been deliciously prepared in various ways for the members to sample. After the kids eat their fill they go and cheer on their hometown Wildcats.
Trap Shooting and Pheasant Hunting
Members of the WHS Conservation Club go pheasant hunting in the fall and trap shooting in the spring. Wings of Watertown hosts the pheasant hunt and Carver County Sportsmans Club hosts the trap shoot. During these outings club members learned valuable lessons about habitat conservation, gun safety, and rules and regulations regarding hunting and shooting sports.
Winter Camping
Waconia High School Conservation Club winter camps in mid December. Club members have enjoy building a lean-to shelter, sledding, ice fishing, sharing stories around a camp fire, roasting hotdogs, and testing their survival skills by sleeping in sub freezing temperatures at Carver Park near Victoria, MN.
Ice Fishing
The Waconia High School Conservation Club holds its annual ice fishing outing in January. Club members fish for an afternoon on Lake Waconia and receive prizes for many different categories including biggest fish, smallest fish, and many more. All prizes are made possible through local donations. Club members can also warm up with a bowl of chili and some hot coco. All fish caught are released.
Bird Banding or Wolf Center
Club members have the opportunity to help band song birds at Carver Park. While helping band birds club members get a chance to listen to the heartbeat of the birds and hold them during their release. On alternating years club members have the opportunity to visit the Forest Lake Wildlife Center. While there the students get a hands on education tour its facilities and all of the wildlife there.
Lake Waconia Ice Clean Up
The Waconia High School Conservation Club holds its annual lake clean up in early March. Club and advisory board members pick up trash and debris left on Lake Waconia after the ice fishing season. Since 2008, club members have removed an average of two pickup loads of trash off of the lake each year. The clean up process is aided by the use utility vehicles donated by Waconia Farm Supply, Lano Equipment, and local community members. Most of the trash consisted of cans, bottles, and boards. After combing the entire lake, club members enjoy some pizza, pop, and a little social time at Waconia Lanes to reflect on a job well done.
Habitat Restoration
THe WHS Conservation Club Members have planted over 700 trees in the Waconia Secondary Schools Nature area and have been helping restore habitat at Lake Waconia Regional Park. They have also put up and maintained 10 wood duck houses, multiple bird feeders, and song bird houses.
Boundary Waters Canoe Trip
The Conservation Club takes two trips to the BWCA during the summer. Students travel up the South Kawishiwi River and spend four days canoeing, fishing, swiming, and enjoy the natural beauty of the BWCA. The students pack in all of their meals, clothing, tents, and camping gear. They also learn about the principle of 'leave no trace', hone their outdoor skills, and survive a true wilderness experience.
Club member meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays during AM break. The club members also get together three times throughout the school year to have a formal meeting. Club Officers(Carl Mathwig, Jake Bass, Shauni Stahlke, and Sheila Niaz) lead the meetings. The members discuss rules, budgets, events, and things that they would like to plan and improve on. Letters and awards are given out at the end of the year banquet.

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