ALERT: Enter Your Design in Our County Park T-Shirt Contest by April 30th Contest Rules
ALERT: Botna Bend's Newly Renovated South Campground is Now Open with Full Hookup Sites.
ALERT: Full hookup camping sites are now available at Hitchcock Nature Center for $30 per night.

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Mt. Crescent Receives Outstanding Attraction Award from Iowa Tourism Office

The Iowa Tourism Office honored Pottawattamie County and the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau with three Iowa Tourism Awards on March 20 at the annual Iowa Tourism Conference held in Des Moines.

3/22/2024
Craig Carlsen, Pottawattamie County Public Relations Manager
Mt. Crescent Ski Area

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Calling Artists of All Ages: Submit Your Pottawattamie County Park T-Shirt Designs by April 30th!

Pottawattamie County Conservation is looking for YOUR help! Submit your awesome t-shirt design into the 2024 Pottawattamie County Park T-Shirt Design Contest by April 30th, 2024. Winners will receive fun prizes and have their design featured on t-shirts available for purchase online and at Hitchcock Nature Center's Loess Hills Lodge.

3/21/2024
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Hitchcock Nature Center, Mt. Crescent Ski Area, Narrows River Park, News

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Conservation Director Mark Shoemaker Announces Retirement After 31 Years of Service

Following 31 years of service, Mark Shoemaker, Executive Director of Pottawattamie County Conservation has announced he will retire on August 30, 2024.

3/20/2024
Craig Carlsen, Pottawattamie County Public Relations Manager

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What's the Best Way to Welcome Spring? Get Moving Outdoors!

Learn about parks’ powerful role in public health in our series, “Healing Home.”

3/12/2024
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Healing Home, Health, Spring

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Volunteer Spotlight: Glenn Pollock, the Man In Plaid

Join us as we shine a light on Pottawattamie County Conservation volunteers to thank them for their time and talents and recognize the difference they make in our community. Our volunteers ROCK!

3/8/2024
Dana Kruse, Volunteer & Facilities Coordinator
Conservation, Volunteering

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Signs of Spring: Turkey Vultures

Spring is in the air! One of the first signs that warmer weather and greener days are on the way? The return of the turkey vulture.

3/6/2024
Dorie Stone, Pottawattamie Conservation Volunteer & Nebraska Master Naturalist
Bird Watching, Conservation, Spring

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The History of the Hills at Mt. Crescent

Mt. Crescent’s history is one of people and their relationship with the land. Humans have directly shaped the biological communities, their systemic ecological drivers, and even the physical topography of these hills themselves since their formation.

2/12/2024
Aric Ping, Natural Resource Technician
Conservation, Land Management, Mt. Crescent Ski Area

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Outdoor Winter Activity Ideas for the Family

Are the kids starting to get cabin fever? The Pottawattamie Conservation Environmental Education team has you covered!

12/29/2023
Environmental Education Team
Environmental Education, Family Fun, Holidays, Winter

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Pottawattamie Conservation Now Hiring Summer Interns

We're looking to add some budding conservationists to our team this summer.

12/26/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Environmental Education, Land Management, News

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Valley of the Hawk

I learned a valuable lesson about humanity, hope, and stewardship from a Red-tailed Hawk, and think you can, too. Join me this holiday season in pushing the pause button and take a moment to reflect on how you interact with and appreciate the natural world around you.

11/29/2023
Dustin Clayton, Naturalist
Conservation, Environmental Education, Hitchcock Nature Center, Holidays

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Pottawattamie Conservation Receives $450,000 REAP Grant to Expand Hitchcock Nature Center

Pottawattamie County Conservation is proud to announce the receipt of $450,000 from Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

10/25/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Hitchcock Nature Center, News

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Bulldozed

10/13/2023
Aric Ping, Natural Resource Technician
Conservation, Health, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center

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Pottawattamie County Conservation Looking for Public Input on Mt. Crescent Ski Area Development During Open House Events

Learn more about four-season development options at Mt. Crescent Ski Area and share your thoughts with Pottawattamie County Conservation.

9/26/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Mt. Crescent Ski Area, News

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Hitchcock Nature Center Pavilion

The new pavilion project at Hitchcock Nature Center showcases public-private partnerships.

8/9/2023
Jeff Franco, Deputy Director

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