News & Blog: Events

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and blog entries from Pottawattamie Conservation!

Go Wild For Conservation in 2020!

Join in the fun September 17th through October 1st & show your support for the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Pottawattamie Conservation.

9/14/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Land Management, Native Animals, Native Plants, News

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Botna Bend Pancake Feed ... Social Distance Style!

Enjoy breakfast at Botna Bend Park with our annual Pancake Feed done Social Distance Style!

9/4/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Botna Bend Park, Events, Family Fun, News

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Ask a Naturalist: Why Does Weather Change

5/8/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Family Fun, Homeschool

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PLAY AGAIN with Pottawattamie Conservation

5/6/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Family Fun, Homeschool

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Ask a Naturalist: How Long do Trees Live

5/1/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Events, Family Fun, Homeschool, Native Plants

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Trail Maintenance with the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol

UPDATE 5/19/2020 LHNSP personnel & Hitchcock Nature Center staff have made the decision to cancel our Third Annual Trails Day event originally scheduled for May 30th. We hope to bring you another volunteer work day in the future. Thank you for your support.

5/1/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events, Hitchcock Nature Center, Land Management, Loess Hills, Volunteering

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Go Wild for Conservation On September 12th!

The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation is a part of nearly everything we do at your county parks. From funding free & low cost public programming, to supporting park improvements, to assisting with land acquisition this non-profit organization makes it possible for us to continue offering amazing experiences to all of our park visitors. Each year this amazing organization holds a terrific fundraiser to raise funds to continue this important mission. Attendees enjoy a beer tasting along with a live & silent auction during this fun evening.

8/30/2019
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Conservation, Events

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Night Sky Event: Tips to Make the Most of This Annual Event

Take in the beauty of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower at on Saturday, August 10th at Hitchcock Nature Center. This spectacular display of lights and falling meteors is an event you don't want to miss. Join us at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 10th at the park entrance. No pre-registration required.

7/17/2019
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Hitchcock Nature Center, Events

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Join the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol for Outdoor Emergency Care Training

The Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol is an invaluable partner organization, patrolling trails at Hitchcock Nature Center, supporting PCC staff during events, & offering important assistance to park visitors in need. We are so grateful for their continued support of our parks & our mission.

6/19/2019
Hitchcock Nature Center, Volunteering, Training, Events, Loess Hills

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Something for Everyone May 11th

Four programs in one day! That's the goal at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, May 11th & every second Saturday of the month until October! Our goal of providing something for everyone has really come to fruition & we hope to see lots of new faces & old friends as we kick off a summer of fun!

5/8/2019
Native Plants, Hitchcock Nature Center, Family Fun, Events, Speaker Series

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“The Birdchick” Brings Her Amazing Story to Hitchcock Nature Center

Pottawattamie County Conservation is eagerly looking forward to welcoming Sharon Stiteler, aka "The Birdchick" as she kicks off our 2019 Speaker Series. This intrepid birder has made it her mission to get paid to go birding around the world & she has some amazing stories to share in her upcoming presentation "Today's Office" coming up on May 11th at 4:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center. This event is free with park admission or an annual membership & it is open to anyone age 14 & over.  

4/13/2019
Bird Watching, Hitchcock Nature Center, Speaker Series, Events

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Become a Nature MVP During our Earth Day Championship

Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. for a unique volunteer project.  This fun, all ages event combines learning, volunteering, & competition all in one terrific package.

3/27/2019
Hitchcock Nature Center, Volunteering, Events, Conservation

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Fire Refresher Training: March 19th

Prior to Euro-American settlement, fire was a regular occurrence throughout the Great Plains and helped to maintain the health of our natural systems.  In the modern age, land managers utilizing fire must be proficient and thus must train regularly. 

3/5/2019
Our Staff, Training, Land Management, Hitchcock Nature Center, Events

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2019 Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Our Naturalists have been hard at work planning another great summer of fun at your county parks. This year's camps will be held at 4 different parks, over the course of 9 weeks, and will host nearly 400 students! Check out the list of camps below for details and click on the links to register the young people in your life today. Space is limited so don't delay!

3/1/2019
Hitchcock Nature Center, Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Events, Summer Camp

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Get Inspired with A Pottawattamie Almanac

Our monthly programming series, A Pottawattamie County Almanac, doesn't end when the weather gets cool. You still have two more chances to join this one-of-a-kind programming series before the end of the season.

11/6/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Hitchcock Nature Center, Events

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Something for Everyone on October 13th!

Pottawattamie County Conservation has a full day of programming planned for Saturday, October 13th. There is something for everyone and with events happening at 3 of our parks you are sure to find the perfect event for your Saturday!

10/11/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Halloween, Botna Bend Park, Autumn, Events, Hitchcock Nature Center, Speaker Series, Arrowhead Park, Family Fun

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Love the Land During our Introduction to Land Management Program

Do you have a passion for conservation and a desire to learn more about sustainable land management practices & conservation? Well we have a great program for you! All members of the public including students of all ages, land owners, conservation enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for our 2018 Introduction to Land Management program. All experience levels are encouraged to attend this 6 session programming series.

5/24/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Hitchcock Nature Center, Events, Conservation, Land Management, Training

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Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1st!

Join us for another summer of fun with Pottawattamie County Parks!  Our Naturalists have all new adventures planned for our 2018 campers.  From Pre-K adventures with Fairies & Pirates to canoe excursions & overnight camping adventures for our older learners - PCCB Summer Camps offer something for everyone in 2018!

2/21/2018
Hitchcock Nature Center, Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Events, Summer Camp

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Citizen Science & Volunteering Combine at Hitchcock Nature Center

The oak tree is a symbol as much as it is a tree. Dotting the landscape of the Midwest, oak trees have been a common sight since before European settlement. But a newly recognized disease has taken aim at these mighty trees and we want to know why. 

1/30/2018
Native Plants, Hitchcock Nature Center, Volunteering, Conservation, Events, Training

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Introducing Homeschool in the Hills

During the past year your Pottawattamie County Conservation Naturalists have been busy brainstorming new and exciting family-oriented programming for 2018. 

1/23/2018
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
Homeschool, Hitchcock Nature Center, Events, Family Fun

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Check out our 2018 Family Programming

Pottawattamie County Conservation's amazing Naturalists Kristen & Rene have been hard at work putting together another season of great programming. 2017 was a year of change for our Environmental Education Department with the creation of the Adult Education Programming, a complete overhaul of our field trip & in school programming, & the addition of a couple brand new program series. 2018 looks like it will continue that trend! We have added a brand new program geared toward our homeschool friends, a new snowshoe hike for children under 12, and new guided hike opportunities.

1/19/2018
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Family Fun, Events, Hitchcock Nature Center, Botna Bend Park, Arrowhead Park, Narrows River Park, Hiking

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Join us for Breakfast & Birdwatching

Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for birding in a whole new way!

1/12/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Bird Watching, Pheasants Forever, Hitchcock Nature Center, Native Animals, Events

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Join us September 17th through October 1st for exclusive video content & amazing auction items & show your support for the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. 

Register online today!