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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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Things to Look for with Your Little Tike: August

Learn how to help your little one engage with the outdoors with our monthly Little Tike Hike tips.

8/2/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Education, Family Fun, Hiking, Summer

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Potawattamie Conservation Rejoices Impact Created in First Year of Operating Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Pottawattamie County Conservation is celebrating what it called “an incredibly successful” first year of operating Mt. Crescent Ski Area.  

7/18/2023
Craig Carlsen, Public Relations Manager, Pottawattamie County
Conservation

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Volunteer Spotlight: Westy Inspires Visitors to Reconnect with Nature

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

7/13/2023
Westy Nelson, Pottawattamie Conservation Volunteer
Conservation, Hitchcock Nature Center, Volunteering

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Things to Look for with Your Little Tike: July

Learn how to help your little one engage with the outdoors with our monthly Little Tike Hike tips.

7/11/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Education, Family Fun, Hiking, Summer

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What Is It Wednesday: Sunfish

Learn a little more about the fun and feisty sunfish from our summer Environmental Education Intern, Joseph.

7/5/2023
Environmental Education Intern, Joseph Goltl
Conservation, Environmental Education, Native Animals

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Saving America One Invasive Species at a Time

For many of us, this time of year is for family vacations, poolside hangouts, backyard fun, and Fourth of July celebrations. For our Natural Areas Management team and interns, it marks the season for battling some of our area’s toughest invasive species.

6/29/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Land Management, Summer

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Things to Look for with Your Little Tike: June

Learn how to help your little one engage with the outdoors with our monthly Little Tike Hike tips.

6/12/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Education, Family Fun, Hiking, Native Animals, Native Plants, Summer

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Is Backcountry Camping Right for Me?    

Tap into your adventurous side this summer and get away from it all by booking a backcountry campsite in Iowa’s beautiful Loess Hills.

6/7/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Summer

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shawn Gives Back by Getting His Hands Dirty

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

6/5/2023
Dana Kruse, Volunteer & Facilities Coordinator
Conservation, Land Management, Volunteering

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What Is It Wednesday: Barn Swallow Nest

Learn how barn swallows construct their hearty mud nests and why they sparked the beginning of federal bird protections and conservation efforts in the U.S.

6/1/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Bird Watching, Conservation, Narrows River Park, Spring

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Randi Shares Her Experience As a Teacher Extern

We were so happy to host local Treynor educator Randi last summer for a teacher externship sponsored by STEM Iowa. Learn more about her experience:

5/24/2023
Randi Endriss, Talented and Gifted Instructor with Treynor Community School District
Conservation, Environmental Education, Land Management, Summer

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