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Pottawattamie Conservation Events

We've listed all of our upcoming public programs on this page!

Upcoming Events

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Thursday, September 1, 2022 to Friday, September 30, 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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Go Wild For Conservation 2022

The Plaza courtyard, Mid-America Center Entertainment District

Thursday, September 29, 2022
5:30pm
$50.00
21 and over

Support conservation efforts in Pottawattamie County during the 19th Annual Go Wild For Conservation fundraiser and auction.

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Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 1, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/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 Hitchcock Nature Center!

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, October 1, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 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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Axe Use & Safety | Tips, Tricks & Techniques from the Backyard to the Backcountry

Group Tent Campsite, lower loop of the Hitchcock Nature Center Campground

Saturday, October 1, 2022
1:00pm to 4:00pm
$15.00
10+ | Youth ages 10 to 18 must be accompanied by a registered program participant.

Come learn all about axe safety and use with avid craftsman and Hults Bruk Axes Ambassador, Curt Isaacson.

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Arrowhead Park Chili Fest

Arrowhead Park

Saturday, October 8, 2022
4:00pm
Free with Park Admission, Free Will Donation at Pickup
All Ages

Grab a tasty chili dinner at beautiful Arrowhead Park.

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Prairie Seed Harvest | Golden Hills RC&D

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
5:30pm to 7:00pm
All Ages

Join our friends at Golden Hills RCD and help collect native prairie seed!

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A Land Ethic Workshop: The Science of Fall

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 15, 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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HawkWatch 5K Walk/Run

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:00am
$28 through October 2nd
Parents/Guardians may register those under 18

Join us for our annual HawkWatch 5K trail walk/run in the Loess Hills! Proceeds support local conservation efforts.

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Hitchcock Haunted Hollow | Saturday

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 22, 2022
11:00am to 2:00pm
$5.00 per person, ages 4+ | Free for kids 3 and under
All Ages

Explore the Loess Hills on this fun for all ages scavenger hunt.

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Hitchcock Haunted Hollow | Sunday

Hitchcock Nature Center

Sunday, October 23, 2022
1:00pm to 4:00pm
$5.00 per person, ages 4+ | Free for kids 3 and under
All Ages

Explore the Loess Hills on this fun for all ages scavenger hunt.

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Prairie Seed Harvest | Golden Hills RC&D

Hitchcock Nature Center

Sunday, October 23, 2022
5:00pm to 6:30pm
All Ages

Join our friends at Golden Hills RCD and help collect native prairie seed!

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3rd Annual Halloween Witchy Woods Walk

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 29, 2022
3:00pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Ages 16+

Join naturalist and student of folklore Dustin Clayton for an evening hike through the Halloween forest.

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 to Sunday, November 27, 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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Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 5, 2022 to Sunday, November 13, 2022
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/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 Hitchcock Nature Center!

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Bison Fest at Botna Bend

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, November 5, 2022
11:00am to 2:00pm
Free with $3/vehicle park entry or membership
All Ages

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Homeschool in the Hills AM | Seasonal Survival: Fall

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
10:00am to 11:30am
$4 per child
All Ages, Designed for K-5

Come learn some of the tactics and talents that plants, animals, and even humans use to survive and flourish in the fall.

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Homeschool in the Hills PM | Seasonal Survival: Fall

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
1:00pm to 2:30pm
$4 per child
All Ages, Designed for K-5

Come learn some of the tactics and talents that plants, animals, and even humans use to survive and flourish in the fall.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Nature's Recyclers

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 12, 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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Autumn's End Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 12, 2022
1:00pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Ages 16+

Join naturalist and student of folklore Dustin Clayton for an end-of-autumn hike that will encourage you to contemplate the shifting season.

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A Land Ethic Workshop: Winter Survival Secrets

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 3, 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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Annual Winter Solstice Night Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Free
Ages 16+

Join naturalist and student of folklore Dustin Clayton for this free winter solstice night hike along Fox Run Ridge trail.

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