Special thanks to the Mathiasen family for their generous contributions to Hitchcock Nature Center over the years, including their recently donated bird feeders!
Tis almost the season for family, friend, and co-worker gatherings at your favorite county parks!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Mt. Crescent Ski Area is set to open on December 17th. Snag your season pass for the lowest price of the season today!
Pottawattamie County is excited to announce the newly acquired Mt. Crescent Ski Area will be operational for the upcoming ski season with special benefits for county residents.
Thank you to these troops for volunteering their time to improve our county parks.
Support conservation efforts in Pottawattamie County during the 19th Annual Go Wild For Conservation fundraiser and auction.
Families are invited to explore, learn, and relax in the heart of the Loess Hills.
A beloved father, sports fan, and outdoor enthusiast, today would have been Jerry Dyke’s 75th birthday.
Pottawattamie Conservation joined 30 students from Tri-Center High School in planting 14 trees on school grounds.
Supporting native pollinators is more important than ever, which is why the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation is encouraging you to plant native plants like butterfly milkweed in your yards!
Council Bluffs has joined more than 150 cities and towns across the country in being named a Bee City USA affiliate by the Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit organization.
The bridge is set to be open for pedestrian use by early June.
Learn the ins and outs of backpacking and put your skills to the test with a guided overnight adventure in the Loess Hills!
We recently introduced cattle from Little Mountain Ranch and Garden into Hitchcock Nature Center! Learn more about why these important workers are here from one of our Natural Resource Technicians, Aric.
Beautify your yard and save energy through this residential tree distribution. Trees retail for $75 or more, but Iowa residents can purchase them for just $25* each!
Celebrate Earth Day with Pottawattamie Conservation.
Join us for this year's "A Land Ethic Workshop" program series where you'll follow in the footsteps of praised conservationist and author Aldo Leopold and his "Land Ethic."
History repeats itself as Senate File 2312 awaits debate.
Hitchcock Nature Center workshop evokes famed conservationists.
Every volunteer has their own personal reasons for giving their time, and none of those include a desire to receive a love letter from me. Nonetheless, there are a few special someones in southwest Iowa that deserve a note of adoration. This valentine is for these kind-hearted folks mentioned, and also all the volunteers who are helping local nonprofits maximize the impact of their mission every day.
Share your thoughts about the county's acquisition of Mt. Crescent with us!
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
5...4...3...2...1... It's time to announce the winners of our 2021 Hitchcock Nature Center T-Shirt Design Contest.
The PCCB rang in 2022 with a new member and leadership.
Kylie Gumpert, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
The transition of Mount Crescent Ski Area's ownership to Pottawattamie County was made official on December 30th, 2021.
Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors
Are you an artist? If so, the Pottawattamie Conservation and Hitchcock Nature Center need your help.
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.
Donations made to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation through Share Omaha will be matched 20% by the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.
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.
Pottawattamie Conservation has recently made updates at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek to “enhance the visitor experience and protect the park’s rare Loess soil and ecosystems.”
Visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center now have additional parking options and can more safely navigate through the park, enhancing their experience and protecting the park’s rare Loess soil and ecosystems.
Volunteers started the organization in 1991
Josh Gear, KETV NewsWatch 7
The Hitchcock HawkWatch volunteer group has recorded the migration of hundreds of thousands of eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons since 1991, and it’s time to celebrate their hard work!
Deer hunting has been practiced at Hitchcock Nature Center since 1991 and is an important conservation method. Read on to learn more about why building connections with hunters is important for preserving and managing land.
Proceeds provide field trip scholarships for local schools.
New entrance, camping, & membership fees will go into effect March 1st.
Join us in welcoming the newest member of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board.
Pottawattamie Conservation is accepting bids for a park improvement project at Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Find out what was flying during our last full month of the 2020 HawkWatch season.
Pottawattamie Conservation is accepting bids for a park improvement project at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa.
Get ready to explore the unexplored at your county parks & habitat areas in 2021.
Per County Resolution 96-2020 face coverings are required for any person entering any county owned building which includes some facilities at your county parks.
Catch up with the Hitchcock HawkWatch during October & see what's flying past the tower.
Get to know our first speaker, Lauren Darnold, Education & Public Outreach Coordinator with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. & get ready for "Bats of Iowa" on November 12th!
Autumn at Hitchcock Nature Center brings the return of our Hitchcock HawkWatch team. This year we are welcoming back Earl Johnson as our lead HawkWatch Counter.
Catch up on the latest HawkWatch news with our September activity report.
A perfect storm of conditions leads to large fish kill event at Blackbird Marsh.
Join in the fun September 17th through October 1st & show your support for the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Pottawattamie Conservation.
Enjoy breakfast at Botna Bend Park with our annual Pancake Feed done Social Distance Style!
Our cabins need some great names & we need your help choosing them.
Pottawattamie Conservation and Pottawattamie County Public Health are working closely with federal, state, and local healthcare partners to plan for prevention and response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Public health efforts are focused on both containing the spread of the virus and mitigating its potential impact.
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