Founded in 2006, TAKO is an organization based in Fayette County dedicated to providing immersive outdoor experiences to children and people of all ages.

Take a Kid Outdoors, or TAKO as it is commonly known, started in 2006 at a meeting in the living room of Richard E. “Dick” Jensen of West Union, Iowa. Jensen is considered the organization’s founder and is a passionate advocate of all things within nature. Our group wanted to promote unstructured enjoyment of nature. TAKO offers at least one free event per month that engages kids in outdoor fun. The group has sponsored everything from ice fishing, archery and sledding to panning for gold, planting corn and creating art in the park. An important element of the programs is adult involvement. We want the adults to enjoy and become more confident in doing things outdoors with their kids. We are growing the ability of adults as well.  Because of our results and great reputation, we were awarded the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Award. In addition, the Iowa DNR has chosen our organization to lead the states outdoor outreach efforts.

Official Stuff...

2017 Board Meetings:
January 17
February 21
April 18
September 19

Our Bylaws:

Our 501c3 Certificate:
TAKO-001 501c3 Certificate.pdf

Our Articles of Incorporation:
TAKO-001 Articles of incorporation.pdf



Board of Directors
  • Amelia Holden-McMurray, Fayette Program Director

Support TAKO

TAKO is made possible by donations