Pottawattamie Conservation Events

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, May 7, 2022 to Sunday, May 29, 2022
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry
All Ages, Designed for Ages 3-5

Families with young learners are invited to hit the trails for a self-guided hike full of fun nature learning at Botna Bend Park!

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Morels, Fungi & Lichen

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14 and up

Explore nature & philosophy during this immersive program perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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Insect Club: Insect Hearing and Sound Production

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, May 26, 2022
6:30pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Interested in insects and want to learn more about how they communicate? Join the Hitchcock Insect Club on May 26th!

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The Merry Month of May: Part 2 | With Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, May 28, 2022
2:00pm to 4:30pm
$12 per person
Ages 16+ please

Look deeply at the plethora of folklore and myth associated with this busy month as the forest fills up with life, color, and sound.

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Loess Hills Prairie Seminar: Breaking Dormancy

Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Campground

Friday, June 3, 2022 to Sunday, June 5, 2022
5:00pm
All Ages

A free, family-friendly weekend of hands-on learning, activities, and sessions with conservation partners to explore and experience the Loess Hills.

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Trailblazer Bonanza | Morning Block

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 4, 2022
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free, no park entry fee required
Ages 12+

Grab a shovel and work up a sweat with the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol doing trail work and maintenance on National Trails Day!

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Trailblazer Bonanza | Lunch Block

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 4, 2022
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Free, no park entry fee required
Ages 12+

Grab a shovel and work up a sweat with the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol doing trail work and maintenance on National Trails Day!

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Trailblazer Bonanza | Afternoon Block

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 4, 2022
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Free, no park entry fee required
Ages 12+

Grab a shovel and work up a sweat with the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol doing trail work and maintenance on National Trails Day!

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Wild Ones Summer Camp

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to Thursday, June 9, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

*Registration is now full for this event.

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Wild Seekers Summer Camp

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 to Thursday, June 16, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 3rd and 4th Grade

*Registration is now full for this event.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Freshwater Ecosystems

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 18, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
Ages 14+

Explore nature & philosophy during this immersive program perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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Midsummer Magic | With Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 18, 2022
3:00pm to 5:30pm
$12 per person
Ages 16+ please

Take a Summer Solstice hike while learning about the traditions, folk practices, and herbal preparations associated with this time of year.

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Wild Wanderers Summer Camp

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 to Thursday, June 23, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Campers will continue growing their outdoor survival skills through archery lessons, advanced shelter building, and fire building during this hands-on camp.

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June Hitch Hike | Badger Ridge

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
7:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Admission
All Ages

Join us for a guided hike through the Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center!

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Into the Wild Outdoor Adventure

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022
8:00am
$100
Entering 7th, 8th and 9th Grade

Youth entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades get a chance to put all their outdoor skills to use during a paddling adventure and an overnight camping stay at Botna Bend Park.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Butterfly Basics

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, July 9, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
Ages 14+

Explore nature & philosophy during this immersive program perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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Wild Ones Summer Camp | Arrowhead

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 to Thursday, July 14, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

Join us for some classic nature camp fun. We’ll be building forts, taking hikes, canoeing, playing games, and making crafts while we learn about the wonders of the wild.

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The Hidden Lore of Gravel | With Dustin Clayton

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10:00am to 12:30pm
$12 per person
Ages 16+ please

Join Dustin Clayton by the banks of the West Nishnabotna river for a discussion centering on the rocks, minerals, and fossils common to western Iowa.

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Wild Seekers Summer Camp | Arrowhead

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 to Thursday, July 21, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 3rd and 4th Grade

Campers will enjoy beginning archery lessons, canoeing, shelter building challenges, hiking, plant and animal identification, and nature crafts.

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Wild Wanderers Summer Camp | Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 to Thursday, July 28, 2022
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Campers will continue growing their outdoor survival skills through continued archery lessons, canoeing, advanced shelter building, and more of the most iconic summer camp games during this hands-on camp. 

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Wildlings: All Week Sign Up

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, August 1, 2022 to Friday, August 5, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$50
Ages 3 to 5

*Registration for this event is now full.

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Wildlings: Brilliant Birds

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, August 1, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$15
Ages 3 to 5

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Wildlings: Impressive Insects

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$15
Ages 3 to 5

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Wildlings: Awesome Amphibians

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$15
Ages 3 to 5

Designed for children ages 3 to 5 where they will learn about the awesome world of amphibians and experience the outdoors.

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Wildlings: Magnificent Mammals

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, August 4, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$15
Ages 3 to 5

Designed for children ages 3 to 5 where they will learn about the magnificent world of mammals and experience the outdoors.

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Wildlings: Rockin' Reptiles

Hitchcock Nature Center

Friday, August 5, 2022
9:00am to 11:00am
$15
Ages 3 to 5

Designed for children ages 3 to 5 where they will learn about the rockin' world of reptiles and experience the outdoors.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: A Chorus of Insects

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, August 13, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
Ages 14+

Explore nature & philosophy during this immersive program perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Ornithology 101

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
Ages 14+

Explore nature & philosophy during this immersive program perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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