News & Blog: Family Fun

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

Head Outdoors for a Birding Scavenger Hunt

Head outdoors on your own birding scavenger hunt, perfect for some weekend fun.

7/28/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator and Kristen Yost, 2020 Environmental Education Intern
Arrowhead Park, Bird Watching, Botna Bend Park, Conservation, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Homeschool, Loess Hills, Narrows River Park, Native Animals

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Ask a Naturalist: Why are Snakes Slimy?

5/22/2020
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Family Fun, Homeschool, Native Animals

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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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Learning is More Fun Outdoors

4/15/2020
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
Family Fun, Hiking, Homeschool

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Environmental Education at Home

4/10/2020
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Amy Campagna, Environmental Education Coordinator
Conservation, Family Fun, Homeschool

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Explore Pottawattamie Conservation Habitat Areas this Spring

3/27/2020
Kody Wohlers, Natural Resources Technician and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Bird Watching, Conservation, Family Fun, Hiking, Land Management, Native Animals, Native Plants

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Book Review: Top Informational Nature Books for Kids

It's time for another book review! As you may remember my daughter & I set out to pick our five favorite nature books this year but had a little problem, too many great books! So we divided our list into storybooks with a plot & "informational" books full of facts so that we could pick 10 books.

10/29/2019
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and her daughter, June, 1st Grade Nature Lover
Book Reviews, Family Fun

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Book Review: Top Five Nature Story Books

This spring I set out on a quest to find the best nature book in our family collection. June, my 6-year-old daughter,  and I gathered up all the nature books from her room. After reviewing the books we were surprised at how hard it was to decide on one awesome nature book so we settled on a list of our top five picks. From there we decided to split the books into two categories, "Story Books" that use nature themes to weave a narrative story, & "Informational Books" that deal more in fact with story as a secondary element.  With two categories we had to put together two lists of course, so buckle up & enjoy our "Part 1 Book Review, the Top 5 Nature Story Books as Identified by a Mom & a First Grader!"

6/14/2019
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and her daughter, June, 1st Grade Nature Lover
Book Reviews, Family Fun

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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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December Public Programming: Fun in the Winter for the Whole Family!

Winter is a beautiful time in western Iowa! Come along with our Naturalist Michelle on a quick winter walk!

11/21/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator and Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Family Fun, Winter, Hitchcock Nature Center, Bird Watching, Holidays

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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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Family Friendly Guided Hikes!

Looking for ways to explore Hitchcock Nature Center as a family this year? Check out our calendar of guided hikes! These are the perfect way to get outdoors and dip your toe into hiking in the Loess Hills as you explore Hitchcock Nature Center with PCCB staff leading the way. Not only will you get a chance to see the park you might also learn a thing or two.

3/10/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Hitchcock Nature Center, Family Fun, Hiking

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Join in the Fun with the Iowa Jr. Naturalist Program

Pottawattamie County Conservation invites you to join in the fun in 2018 with the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program.

2/7/2018
Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Volunteering, Bird Watching, Hiking, Family Fun

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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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