Pottawattamie Conservation and Hitchcock Nature Center are looking for YOUR help! Submit your awesome t-shirt design into the 2021 Hitchcock Nature Center T-Shirt Design Contest by December 31st, 2021. Winners will receive fun prizes and have their design featured on t-shirts available for purchase at the Loess Hills Lodge in 2022.
To celebrate National Bison Day, Pottawattamie County Conservation will hold its first ever Bison Fest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Botna Bend Park in Hancock.
Want to learn more about the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center? Join us for a Hitch Hike this summer & get the guided experience.
Learn the intrepid tale of the Dump Busters and continue the legacy by busting some litter at Hitchcock Nature Center for Earth Day!
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Green Thumbs, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Holidays, Land Management, Loess Hills, Native Animals, Native Plants, Our Staff, Spring, Volunteering, Zero Waste
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.
Rene Stroud, Naturalist and Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Botna Bend Park, Conservation, Environmental Education, Events, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Homeschool, Spring, Summer
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!
Want to bring the beauty of nature indoors this winter? We can help!
Trees are easiest to identify by their leaves. So how do you identify a tree species in winter? We have the answer!
Winter is a great time to explore your county parks. Here are some ideas to help you stay active all season long.
No matter how great video games are they can't beat the great outdoors!
Take a virtual field trip & explore biodiversity in the Loess Hills with Pottawattamie Conservation.
Enjoy breakfast at Botna Bend Park with our annual Pancake Feed done Social Distance Style!
Head outdoors on your own birding scavenger hunt, perfect for some weekend fun.
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
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.
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!"
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!
Winter is a beautiful time in western Iowa! Come along with our Naturalist Michelle on a quick winter walk!
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!
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.
Pottawattamie County Conservation invites you to join in the fun in 2018 with the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program.
During the past year your Pottawattamie County Conservation Naturalists have been busy brainstorming new and exciting family-oriented programming for 2018.
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.
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