The new trees were purchased from Tom Brady of Brady Tree Farm last week. A BIG THANK YOU to Carl & Jan Brush for purchasing one of the trees!! The second tree will be planted in memory of Mary Grandi and Steven Broyles. The trees were planted across from the pollinator garden. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project.
Interpretive Sign Dedication
The Friends Group would like to thank Cathy Lynch-Becker & Modern Woodmen of America for their generous donation in helping purchase the signs. Thank you also to Dave Kokesh of Sign Tech for helping with the design and making of the signs. Our very own Sam Stukel of the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium for helping make it all possible!
Two signs located next to the Aquarium
Third sign located along the "Lake Yankton Multipurpose Trail" new trail next to the aquarium parking lot.
Pictured left to right: Nathan Mueller, Friends Group member; Amberlee Mueller, Friends Group member; Sam Stukel, Hatchery Biologist & Aquarium Curator; Ed Fefjar, Friends Group member; Brenda Willcuts, Friends Group President; Trenton Mueller, Friends Group member; Steven Willcuts, Friends Group member; Randy Steffen, Friends Group Vice President & Modern Woodmen member; Karin Ehlers, Friends group & Modern Woodmen member; Cathy Lynch-Becker Modern Woodmen of America Representative; Kent Goeden, Friends Group member. Not pictured: Marv Ehlers, Friends Group Treasurer; Friends Group & Modern Woodmen member Lynn Steffen; Friends Group & Modern Woodmen member Heather Steffen; Friends Group members Joyce Schurman, Karen Fefjar; Dan O’Connor.
DEDICATION OF BENCHES
Photo courtesy of Sam Stukel Back row left to right: Brenda Willcuts Friends Group President ; SDGFP employees Matt Yardley, Gene Guenther, Ron Olson, Lucas Pedersen, Joe James. Front row left to right: Donors Carl Brush, Jan Brush, Pam Hamilton, Steve Hamilton. Not pictured Tom and Brenda Johnson.
Four benches were donated one was placed on the aquarium/hatchery trail and the other three were placed on the new trail "Lake Yankton Multipurpose Trail" located next to the aquarium.
Onna Morgan Memorial Jan & Carl Brush
Cycling Is Living; Ride Safely Jan & Carl Brush
Onna Morgan Memorial
Marv Ehlers & Carl Brush placing plaque
Sit, Relax and Enjoy the View Steve & Pam Hamilton Mike & Heather Robeson
Sit, Relax and Enjoy the View
Bench by the Pollinator Garden
Marv Ehlers & Carl Brush placing the Memorial plaque
Kent Eric Johnson 1970-2017 Peace to all who sit here.
Marv Ehlers & Carl Brush
Thank you to Friends of Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery members Marv & Karin Ehlers and Ed & Karen Fefjar for all your hard work expanding and re-planting the pollinator garden this year. Cannot wait to see how beautiful it will be when everything is blooming! Friends member Trenton Mueller is pictured checking out the turtle in the garden.
Trenton Mueller Friends Group member
Marv weeding the garden
photo by Sam Stukel
photo by Sam Stukel
Photo by Sam Stukel
Steve & Trenton decorated the garden for the Fall
Friends of Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Recently purchased a storage shed for the hatchery to use for extra storage. It will be used for different events including the "Catch A Trout" program. THANK YOU to friends group member Marv Ehlers for outfitting the inside of the shed!