Notes from the Field…with Denise Menne, Fayette County Early Education Associate


Warm rays of sunshine, a bit of rain showers, singing birds and flitting robins…spring is finally here!  It is time to dust off the bikes and air up the tires, lace up and the sneakers and get outside!  Fayette County has lots to offer with many opportunities to eat fresh and local as well as to get out and explore.  We have state, county, and city parks perfect for an afternoon of play and activity.   In the coming week’s Notes from the Field will spotlight some of Fayette County’s great outdoor areas. Continue reading

Weekly Bits – April 14

Walking is all about connection. Connection between parts of the brain. Connection between body and mind. Connection to the natural world. And most importantly? Connection to each other. The soon-to-be-launched is preparing to help you put one foot in front of the other. Stop by and like their Facebook and Instagram pages to get the latest updates. Continue reading

Star Wars and Yoga

With the nice weather and school coming to an end in May, kids have definitely started to get spring fever. Many teachers are noticing their students are having trouble focusing during the day. This month, I wanted to do an activity with the kids that would help them re-focus their thoughts. I found a story online that incorporated Star Wars and Yoga. As a fan of the movies, I was excited to try this with the kids. Continue reading

Turkey Valley Spring Seed Starting Day

Turkey Valley usually has an annual Spring planting day, and I was lucky to be a major part of it this year.  With the help of Mrs. Vsetecka, Turkey Valley’s garden champion, I gathered some seeds and materials.  It was essential to have staff coordination and support for this day to go so well.  I was excited to finally feel like Spring is here and so were the kids!  The Preschool classrooms, Kindergarten, First and Second grades all planted seeds and watered them.  We left the seeds with some extra love, thanks, and good luck wishes to grow healthy this Spring.  We are eager to get our hands dirty in the garden and to taste some delicious vegetables! Continue reading

Weekly Bits – April 7

West Union on the MOVE! On Monday, West Union leaders didn’t let the rainy weather slow them down in launching their community-wide walkability effort to encourage residents to get out and get active. 5-days-a-week Walking School Bus, community walking maps, daily Whistle Walks, “take a book, leave a book” Little Libraries and more. Way to get walking, West Union! Continue reading

Mueller is honored at annual Extension Awards Ceremony

Cici Mueller has been a volunteer for Allamakee County Extension and the NE Iowa region for over fifteen years through her work with the Master Gardener’s program, inspiring young minds to explore this craft by creating a 4-H garden club, mentoring middle school and high school youth through Postville’s Food and Fitness club focusing work on wellness initiatives and coordinating the regional FEEST teams, and being a judge at local county fairs for horticulture and 4-H food competition. Continue reading