Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More


For Release August 25, 2022

Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More

Sioux City, IA—Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 24th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center. Free parking is available in the city parking ramps.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 70 craft beers, including some from your local favorite brewers.  In addition, there will be IPAs, ciders, lagers, seltzers, beer alternatives and some local wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening. Sampling will conclude at 9:15 p.m. when the Live Auction begins.

“Nature Calls is our only fundraising event and it’s vital funding for our programs. People look forward to it because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Education Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation education programs and exhibits,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes hotel stays; fine jewelry; original artwork; overnight cabin stays; and much more. In addition, more than 70 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event. There will be raffles, including a few gun raffles.

Ten area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 24 event. Hand-crafted items include fused glass, natural-edge wood slab furniture, pine needle baskets, jewelry, and garden art. Artists include Julia & Peter Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Marit Westrich from MW Glass & Other Works of Sioux City; Lela Heineman from H & H Design Company of Pender; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; Jana Peterson from Autumn Prairie Designs Jewelry of Anthon; Susan McCulley from S. McCulley Wildlife Art of Sioux City; Lynn Jarvis from Snowflake Woodcrafts of Hornick; Sonya Sexton (baskets) of Danbury; Connie Smith (greeting cards & photography) of Sioux City; and Loess Hills Wild Ones with garden art.

Advance tickets only this year. Purchase tickets online at or call the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838. Sales end September 23.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at or

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