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Pottawattamie Conservation Events

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Botna Bend Park Little Tike Hike

Botna Bend Park

Friday, November 6, 2020 to Monday, November 30, 2020
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free With Park Admission
Ages 3 to 5

Enjoy the sights & sounds of fall at Botna Bend Park with this self-guided event.

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Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
5:00am
All Ages

Show your support of conservation during Giving Tuesday.

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Hitchcock Nature Center Trails Closure

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 5, 2020 to Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:00am to 10:00pm
All Ages

All trails at Hitchcock Nature Center will be closed to guest access due to shotgun season.

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Winter Bird Feeding & the Science of Snow

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 5, 2020
9:00am to 12:00pm
$10.00 Per Person
14 and up

Celebrate the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold during our programming series, "A Land Ethic Workshop".

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Cancelled

The Hitchcock Experience Endurance Run

Hitchcock Nature Center

Runners come from all over to test their skills in Iowa's Loess Hills.

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Full Moon Night Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Friday, December 18, 2020
6:00pm
Age 4 & Over - $5.00 Each
All Ages

Hit the trails after dark & explore Hitchcock Nature Center by the light of the full moon.

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New Years Eve Midnight Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, December 31, 2020
11:30pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 5 & Up

Ring in the new year on this special, after hours guided hike.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wildlife

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Learn more about the ways winter impacts nature during this field trip program at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wildlife

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Learn more about the ways winter impacts nature during this field trip program at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
6:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Crescent Wildlife Area

Friday, January 15, 2021
10:00am
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Learn To: Snowshoe

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, January 23, 2021
11:00am to 12:30pm or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 5 & Up

Learn the basics of snowshoeing during this hands-on program.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
6:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Arrowhead Park

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
6:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Botna Bend Park

Friday, February 12, 2021
10:00am
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Learn To: Snowshoe

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, February 13, 2021
2:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 5 & Up

Learn the basics of snowshoeing during this hands-on program.

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Lovebirds in Nature

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, February 13, 2021
5:00pm
$10.00 Per Person Age 18 & Up
Age 18 & Over

Enjoy the beauty & romance of nature in Iowa's Loess Hills.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
6:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Maple Tree Tap

Botna Bend Park

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Maple syrup is tasty on your pancakes, learn how it's made at beautiful Botna Bend Park during this field trip program.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Maple Tree Tap

Botna Bend Park

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Maple syrup is tasty on your pancakes, learn how it's made at beautiful Botna Bend Park during this field trip program.

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Hikin' With a Nature Nerd

Narrows River Park

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
6:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series.

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Little Tike Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, March 6, 2021 to Monday, March 15, 2021
6:00am
Free With Park Admission
Ages 3 to 5

Young learners will experience nature first-hand during this self-guided hike full of fun.

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Maple Tree Tap

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, March 6, 2021
1:00pm to 4:00pm
$3.00 Per Person Age 4 & Up
All Ages

Learn about the process of tapping & processing maple syrup at beautiful Botna Bend Park.

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Hunter Education Field Day

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:00am to 1:00pm
All Ages - 11 and Under must be Accompanied by an Adult

After passing the online portion of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Hunting education course join us at Hitchcock Nature Center to complete your required Field Day

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Little Tike Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, April 3, 2021 to Monday, April 12, 2021
6:00am
Free With Park Admission
Ages 3 to 5

Young learners will experience nature first-hand during this self-guided hike full of fun.

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Litter Busters

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, April 24, 2021
9:00am to 1:00pm
Free
All Ages

Celebrate Earth Day at the park with this all ages volunteer event.

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Little Tike Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, May 1, 2021 to Monday, May 10, 2021
6:00am
Free With Park Admission
Ages 3 to 5

Young learners will experience nature first-hand during this self-guided hike full of fun.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Fungi

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Learn more about the ways fungi species help balance & renew our environment.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Fungi

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Learn more about the ways fungi species help balance & renew our environment.

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May Hitch Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

Take a guided hike through Iowa's Loess Hills.

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Learn To: Archery

Narrows River Park

Friday, May 21, 2021
6:30pm
$5.00 Per Person Age 8 & Over
Ages 8 & Over

Learn the basics of archery with help from our Environmental Education staff.

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Wild Ones at Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to Thursday, June 17, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 1st & 2nd Grade
Campers Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

Campers entering 1st & 2nd grade will enjoy exploring Iowa's Loess Hills during this immersive camp.

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June Hitch Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
7:00pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

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

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Wild Seekers at Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to Thursday, June 24, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 3rd & 4th Grade
Campers Entering 3rd & 4th Grade

Campers entering 3rd & 4th grade will continue to grow in their outdoor confidence as we tackle some new skills during this 3-day camp.

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Wild Wanderers at Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 to Thursday, July 1, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 5th & 6th Grade
Campers Entering 5th & 6th Grade

Campers entering 5th & 6th grade will continue to grow in their outdoor confidence as we tackle some new skills during this 3-day camp.

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Into the Wild

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 to Thursday, July 8, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$100.00 per person, Campers Entering 7th, 8th, & 9th Grade
Campers Entering 7th, 8th, & 9th Grade

Our oldest campers head out on the water for a canoe & camping excursion during this overnight camp.

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Wild Ones at Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 to Thursday, July 15, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 1st & 2nd Grade
Campers Entering 1st & 2nd Grade

Campers entering 1st & 2nd-grade head to Arrowhead Park for a close up look at aquatic habitats.

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Wild Seekers at Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 to Thursday, July 22, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 3rd & 4th Grade
Campers Entering 3rd & 4th Grade

Campers entering 3rd and 4th grade will continue to grow in their outdoor confidence as we tackle some new skills during this 3-day camp.

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July Hitch Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
7:00pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

Wind your way through the woodlands on a guided hike at Hitchcock Nature Center.

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Wild Wanderers at Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 to Thursday, July 29, 2021
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75.00 per person, campers entering 5th & 6th Grade
Campers Entering 5th & 6th Grade

Campers entering 5th & 6th grade will continue to grow in their outdoor confidence as we work on advancing our skills during this 3-day camp.

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Wildlings: Rockin' Reptiles

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, August 2, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
$15.00 per person, ages 3 to 5
Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are invited to join us for some summer camp fun as we learn all about reptiles.

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Wildlings: Magnificent Mammals

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
$15.00 per person, ages 3 to 5
Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are invited to join us for some summer camp fun as we learn all about mammals of the Midwest.

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Wildlings: Awesome Amphibians

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
$15.00 per person, ages 3 to 5
Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are invited to join us for some summer camp fun as we learn all about amphibians.

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Wildlings: Impressive Insects

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, August 5, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
$15.00 per person, ages 3 to 5
Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are invited to join us for some summer camp fun as we learn all about the insects in their own backyards.

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Wildlings: Brilliant Birds

Hitchcock Nature Center

Friday, August 6, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
$15.00 per person, ages 3 to 5
Ages 3 to 5

Children age 3 to 5 are invited to join us for some summer camp fun as we look to the skies for our feathered friends.

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August Hitch Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
7:00pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

Experience the ever changing landscape of the Loess Hills on a guided hike through Hitchcock Nature Center.

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September Hitch Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7:00pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

Join us for one final guided hike of the season and view the early signs of fall in the Loess Hills

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