bats at halloween

The Wapello County Conservation Board shares in the sorrow of the passing of Sam Rodgers, who has served on our board since 1999. Sam was always at the ready when it came to teaching youth about the natural world. These pictures were taken in 2006 during a winter open house. He bundled up, got a fire started, and helped families make s’mores to snack on. I am also sure he shared a story or two with them about his adventures.

Sam was an educator not only by training but in passion. The 6th grade camps he helped start have changed to 5th grade now, but students still get the chance to experience  an overnight outdoor adventure with their peers – and some older mentors. It is an experience some may not get otherwise – two days of fishing, archery, tracking, hiking and much more.

He was always on the side of conservation, and was constantly providing ideas on how to get more students out to our natural areas on field trips.

Sam will be missed at the board meeting table, conservation programs, and around the nature center in general. He was always ready to share a story. His 21 years of service to the board is much appreciated and will not be forgotten.

Rest peacefully, Sam. We will carry on your conservation education mission as well as we can.