ALERT: Construction will begin on Hitchcock Nature Center's main entrance starting July 12th. Expect limited access to trails and temporary park closures during this time.

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Getting to Know Kathy Fiscus Our July Speaker

Get to know our July speaker, Kathy Fiscus & get ready for "Loess Hills & Scenic Byway Art" on July 8th!

6/28/2021
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist and with Kathy Fiscus
Conservation, Environmental Education, Loess Hills, Speaker Series

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Join us for a Hitch Hike this Summer

Want to learn more about the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center? Join us for a Hitch Hike this summer & get the guided experience.

4/29/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, Summer

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Getting to Know Benjamin Vogt

Pottawattamie Conservation is excited to announce the next Speaker Series program this May 13th. This online program is held in partnership with the Council Bluffs Public Library & supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

4/27/2021
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist and with Benjamin Vogt
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Native Plants, News, Speaker Series

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Thank You Volunteers!

It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! A huge thanks to all our volunteers for everything you do.

4/23/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Conservation, Environmental Education, HawkWatch, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, Volunteering

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Litter Busters!

Learn the intrepid tale of the Dump Busters and continue the legacy by busting some litter at Hitchcock Nature Center for Earth Day!

4/16/2021
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Green Thumbs, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Holidays, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, News, Our Staff, Spring, Volunteering, Zero Waste

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Fauna Feature: Eastern Cottontail

Get to know the Eastern Cottontail, Iowa's native rabbit!

4/2/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Environmental Education, Native Animals

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Get Outdoors on a Little Tike Hike this April

Spring has sprung so get outdoors & enjoy some time in nature at Hitchcock Nature Center & Botna Bend Park during this special, self-guided event designed for our youngest nature lovers.

3/25/2021
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Botna Bend Park, Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Homeschool, News, Spring, Summer

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Get to Know: Bluegill

Learn more about Iowa's favorite sunfish, the bluegill!

3/11/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Habitat Areas, Native Animals

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Building Better Birders Workshops Coming March 25th!

Interested in improving your birding skills, learning more about common bird species, or joining in on community science projects in your area? Check out Building Better Birders!

3/4/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Bird Watching, Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, HawkWatch, Hiking, Native Animals, News

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Pottawattamie Conservation Fees to Change March 1st

New entrance, camping, & membership fees will go into effect March 1st.

3/1/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, News

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Winter Days & Squirrel Dreys

2/26/2021
Amy Campagna, Environmental Education Coordinator
Conservation, Land Management, Native Animals

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Monarchs, Apples & the Law

Thistles have an important part to play in the life of a monarch butterfly.

2/19/2021
Jeff Franco, Operations Supervisor
Conservation, Environmental Education, Habitat Areas, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants

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Nature Documentaries for Wintertime Viewing

Want to bring the beauty of nature indoors this winter? We can help!

2/19/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Environmental Education, Family Fun, Homeschool

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Explore the Rhythm of Nature with A Land Ethic Workshop in 2021

Anyone with a passion for the great outdoors is in for a treat with A Land Ethic Workshop.

2/16/2021
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, News

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Winter Tree Identification: Part 2

Put your winter tree ID skills to work as you head out in the field for some practice.

2/12/2021
Rene Stroud, Naturalist

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