Friends of Oxbow

Fall 2020

President's Note

2020 has proven to be a difficult year for everyone, and FOX was no exception. Not being able to continue on our normal path of sponsoring events or raising funds for Oxbow Park has been frustrating. We have an awesome board with lots of talent, and have tried to make the most of a daunting year. We had to think differently to come up with ways to reach the public and possibly raise some sort of funds for our mission of supporting the park and zoo.

FOX participated in a MN wide scavenger hunt sponsored by the Park and Trails Council and hosted a drawing contest for a 2021calendar that we are currently trying to sell with raffle tickets. We also sponsored several seasonal interns, an Eagle Scout project, a few exhibit updates, and are working hard to come up with a plan to be able to rent skis and snowshoes this winter. If you haven't already, please consider renewing your FOX membership-we appreciate the support.

Unfortunately we had to cancel our most successful and exciting fundraiser, Zoodazzle. However, we look to the future and are hoping for some big things in 2021. We are in the process of brainstorming for a fundraiser that would correspond to the groundbreaking of the nature center. Stay tuned for details.

Warm wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season, and best wishes for the new year!

Seanne P. Buckwalter

Zoodazzle Canceled

Due to COVID-19, we regretfully had to cancel Zoodazzle. We tried to figure out a way to host some sort of winter event, but unfortunaately MN Department of Health had very specific guideliines we woudl have had to follow to make an event happen.
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Get your Raffle Ticket and 2021 FOX Calendars!

As we continue to raise funds for displays in the new nature center we had to think differently this year. Through the month of September FOX hosted an art contest for area kids. The winning art became the front and back covers of a 2021 Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo photo calendar. Proceeds from calendar sales will help us continue our mission of supporting park projects.

When you purchase a calendar for $20, you also get entered into a raffle. Prizes include:

  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $50
  • 3rd Place: Merchandise package

The sale of the calendars will be FOX's only fundraiser this year. Due to COVID-19 our fundraising opportunities have been limited. Contact the staff at Oxbow park or any of the Board members to purchase your calendar and raffle ticket! Drawing for the raffle is scheduled for December 20th.

Renewal Membership Letters are on the way!

Our board is sending out renewal membership letters, so keep an eye on your mail or your email!

There are 2 ways to renew: sending in payment through the mail, or using the barcode & the 4giving website (link below)!

We SO appreciate your continued support of our Organization! Your donations help us continue our mission of supporting Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo.

Become a Member or Renew Here!

Click on link above to take you to our Membership page!

Scavenger Hunt winners!

Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota organized a scavenger hunt contest for many parks across the state. We were excited to be added to their website and increase our visibility statewide! To contribute, Oxbow Park staff created an A to Z hunt and FOX added prizes and extended the hunt through mid-October. We hope families enjoyed the educational opportunity of getting onto the trails and hunting for flowers, animals, and so much more. We awarded the top 2 entries with FOX merchandise.

Give to the Max Day: November 19th!

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Exhibit updates and Art!

Oxbow staff, FOX board members, and volunteers did some amazing work designing and creating the metal artwork below! This is one of many exhibit additions or improvements FOX loves to fund!

Ski & Snowshoe Rentals

Since the Oxbow Nature Center will remain closed for the foreseeable future, we are working on a plan where the public could still rent skis and snowshoes. Members from Team Red and Rochester Ski club are willing to volunteer their time to help make that happen. We will be keeping an eye on COVID restrictions, and will offer rentals when possible!

Board Member Highlight

Deb Hanson, Current FOX Secretary

Favorite Animal: The Bear, especially during feeding time

Favorite Park Event: Zoodazzle, seeing all the families enjoying a free night at the zoo with all the lights and the events, and of course Santa and the cookies!

Fun Facts:

  • I work at the Rochester Athletic Club
  • I have lived in NY and Paris, France
  • I have 6 grandchildren
  • I love to be outdoors playing Pickleball, golfing, hiking and bike riding
  • I enjoy travelling

Oxbow Park is very dear to my heart as my parents, Jim and Eileen Caulfield, owned part of the land at Oxbow before it was sold to the County in 1967.

I remember riding horse with my dad to check on new baby calves. We had many family picnics down at the park and I now bring my grandchildren out to Oxbow to create new memories.

It was an easy yes when I was asked to become a Board member for FOX. I feel it is important to continue to raise funds for the park and the zoo so it can remain free for families to enjoy.

Friends of Oxbow

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, a small group of people became very involved with Oxbow Park. These folks shared a common love of the outdoors and nature, and took advantage of all that this relatively new county park had to offer. Almost immediately, these pioneers had a vision for how they could influence, support and provide services for the park.

Current Board Members:

Seanne Buckwalter, President

Jason Kluck, Vice President

Lou Kuhlman, Treasurer

Deb Hanson, Secretary

Harold Davison

Barb Jensen

Lakin Koski

Jan Nelson

Kris Nelson

Byron Stadsvold

Dawn Thompson