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News & Blog: Winter

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Outdoor Winter Activity Ideas for the Family

Are the kids starting to get cabin fever? The Pottawattamie Conservation Environmental Education team has you covered!

12/29/2023
Environmental Education Team
Environmental Education, Family Fun, Holidays, Winter

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kris & Laura of Mt. Crescent Ski Patrol

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!

3/3/2023
Dana Kruse, Volunteer & Facilities Coordinator
Mt. Crescent Ski Area, Volunteering, Winter

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Sno-Cats on the Slopes

We know that the season is coming to an end, but we want to recognize one of the most important machines that allows us to stay open as long as possible! Sno-Cats are an essential part of maintaining the quality of the snow on the slopes even with the ever-changing Midwest weather.

2/22/2023
Mt. Crescent Ski Area, Winter

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Mt. Crescent Offers Free Ski & Snowboard Lessons in January

Get your ski legs and participate in a favorite winter pastime by taking advantage of free 1, 2, 3 Learn to Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Mt. Crescent later this month.

1/13/2023
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Events, Mt. Crescent Ski Area, News, Winter

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Winter Nights Woods Walking

If you haven't taken part in a winter nighttime hike before, 2023 is your year! Learn more about all of the beauty, wonder, and contemplation to be had underneath the starry winter sky from our newest Naturalist, Dustin:

1/5/2023
Dustin Clayton, Naturalist
Environmental Education, Healing Home, Hiking, Winter

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Tips for a Meaningful Holiday Season: Saving Energy Around the House

Looking for ways to cut back this year, or simply interested in learning how you can make your holiday season more special for you or your family? Pottawattamie Conservation has your back.

12/5/2022
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Healing Home, Holidays, Winter, Zero Waste

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Tips for a Meaningful Holiday Season: Gift-Giving

Looking for ways to cut back this year, or simply interested in learning how you can make your holiday season more special for you or your family? Pottawattamie Conservation has your back.

11/18/2022
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
Conservation, Winter, Zero Waste

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The Science Behind Snowmaking

Mt. Crescent Ski Area is poised to open next month, but our team is already busy testing our snowmaking equipment to ensure your experience is snow much fun for the entire family.

11/16/2022
Chris Andrew, Site Manager, Mt. Crescent Ski Area
Mt. Crescent Ski Area, Winter

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Explore your wild side at Mt. Crescent Ski Area this winter

Mt. Crescent Ski Area is set to open on December 17th. Snag your season pass for the lowest price of the season today!

10/3/2022
Kylie Jacott, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator
News, Winter

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Hardwater Fishing

Fishing can be fun all year long!

2/9/2021
Bob Hladik, Part Time Environmental Education Staff & Lifelong Fisherman
Arrowhead Park, Environmental Education, Habitat Areas, Native Animals, Winter

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Winter Fun at Your County Parks

Winter is a great time to explore your county parks. Here are some ideas to help you stay active all season long.

1/1/2021
Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Environmental Education, Family Fun, Hiking, Hitchcock Nature Center, Loess Hills, Winter

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The Gracious Goldfinch

In 1933, the American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis, was named Iowa’s state bird. Easy to identify with its bright yellow body and contrasting black and white wing markings, this little seed-eating bird is many a birdwatchers favorite visitor to backyard feeders. Around this time of year, however, people begin asking, “Where did all my goldfinches go?”

12/18/2019
Amy Campagna, Environmental Education Coordinator
Native Animals, Bird Watching, Winter

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It's Winter in Pottawattamie County

Many people view winter as a sterile, cold, miserable time of the year. A time when the smartest thing to do is hide out in the house until spring. I sometimes think like this, too.  I am no fan of the icy winds that burn your cheeks and freeze fingertips. I prefer the warming spring days, the hot sun of summer, and the cooling breezes of fall. However, now that I am your new Naturalist, I see it as my duty to appreciate every season, even the bitter cold one… So come along with me as we explore the Loess Hills ecosystem and its’ inhabitants in the winter! Should be an adventure!

1/25/2019
Winter, Hitchcock Nature Center, Native Plants, Native Animals, Loess Hills

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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
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist
Family Fun, Winter, Hitchcock Nature Center, Bird Watching, Holidays

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