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Pottawattamie Conservation Events

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

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Family Learn Archery

Narrows River Park

Friday, May 31, 2024
6:30pm to 8:00pm
$5
Ages 8+ (youth ages 8 and 9 must have accompanying registered adult)

We provide the guidance, bows, arrows, and targets, YOU provide the energy and enthusiasm!

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June Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 1, 2024 to Sunday, June 9, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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June Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, June 1, 2024 to Sunday, June 30, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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Trail Work Volunteer Signup | Morning Shift | National Trails Day

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Saturday, June 1, 2024
8:30am 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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Trail Work Volunteer Signup | Afternoon Shift | National Trails Day

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Saturday, June 1, 2024
11:30am to 3:00pm
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 | Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 to Thursday, June 6, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

Venture into the wild during this immersive camp experience packed full of outdoor fun like fort building, water exploration, hiking, outdoor games, nature crafts, & more!

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Kids' Fishing Derby at Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Saturday, June 8, 2024
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free with $3 park entry or membership
15 & Under

Enjoy Arrowhead Park during Iowa's free fishing weekend & see what's biting.

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Wild Ones Summer Camp | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 to Thursday, June 13, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

Venture into the wild during this immersive camp experience packed full of outdoor fun like fort building, water exploration, hiking, outdoor games, nature crafts, & more!

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Wild Seekers Summer Camp | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 to Thursday, June 13, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 3rd and 4th Grade

Campers will engage in epic adventures exploring Iowa’s wild side and unlock newfound talents through hands-on experiences like archery, primitive fire starting, orienteering, nature crafting, and more!

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Freshwater Ecosystems | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 15, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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Midsummer Magic with Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, June 15, 2024
2:00pm to 4:30pm
$10 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

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 to Thursday, June 20, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wild, learning about the untamed wonders of the great outdoors while honing their skills in archery, primitive fire building, orienteering, whittling, and more!

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Story Weaver | June

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, June 20, 2024
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free with Park Admission
16 and up

Story Weaver, Stories told in and about the natural world, in the oral tradition.

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Into the Wild Outdoor Adventure

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 to Thursday, June 27, 2024
8:00am
$100
Entering 7th, 8th and 9th Grade

Older students are beckoned to answer the call of the wild and take their outdoor skills to the next level during this three-day outdoor adventure which includes a canoe trip on the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail (water level dependent) & an overnight campout at Botna Bend Park. 

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Insect Club

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, June 27, 2024
6:30pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Come join in the fun! Everyone is welcome.

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July Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, July 6, 2024 to Sunday, July 14, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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July Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, July 6, 2024 to Sunday, July 28, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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Wild Seekers Summer Camp | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 to Thursday, July 11, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 3rd and 4th Grade

Campers will engage in epic adventures exploring Iowa’s wild side and unlock newfound talents through hands-on experiences like archery, primitive fire starting, orienteering, nature crafting, and more!

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Wild Wanderers Summer Camp | Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 to Thursday, July 11, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wild, learning about the untamed wonders of the great outdoors while honing their skills in archery, primitive fire building, orienteering, whittling, and more!

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Butterfly Basics | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, July 13, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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Wild Seekers Summer Camp | Arrowhead Park

Arrowhead Park

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 to Thursday, July 18, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 3rd and 4th Grade

Engage in epic adventures exploring Iowa’s wild side and unlock newfound talents through hands-on experiences like archery, primitive fire starting, orienteering, nature crafting, and more!

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Insect Club

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, July 18, 2024
6:30pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Come join in the fun! Everyone is welcome.

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Meander & Gander | A Mindfulness in Nature Program with Lindsay Knieper

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, July 20, 2024
9:00am to 11:00am
$15 per person
16+

Meander along the trails of the lovely Loess Hills as we observe, reflect, and practice spaciousness. Summer program themes include: Feeling Discomfort and Flourishing Anyway

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Wild Ones Summer Camp | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 to Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 1st and 2nd Grade

Venture into the wild during this immersive camp experience packed full of outdoor fun like fort building, water exploration, hiking, outdoor games, nature crafts, & more!

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Wild Wanderers Summer Camp | Botna Bend

Botna Bend Park

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 to Thursday, July 25, 2024
8:00am to 1:00pm
$75
Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wild, learning about the untamed wonders of the great outdoors while honing their skills in archery, primitive fire building, orienteering, whittling, and more!

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Wildlings Camp | Morning (All Week Sign Up)

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, July 29, 2024 to Friday, August 2, 2024
9:00am to 11:00am
$50
Ages 3 to 5

Designed for children ages 3 to 5, these shortened morning camp sessions the week of July 29th will introduce your child to the great outdoors as they get to meet live animal friends all week long.

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Wildlings Camp | Afternoon (All Week Sign Up)

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, July 29, 2024 to Friday, August 2, 2024
1:00pm to 3:00pm
$50
Ages 3 to 5

Designed for children ages 3 to 5, these shortened afternoon camp sessions the week of July 29th will introduce your child to the great outdoors as they get to meet live animal friends all week long.

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August Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, August 3, 2024 to Sunday, August 11, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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August Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, August 3, 2024 to Sunday, August 25, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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 Chorus of Insects | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, August 10, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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High Summer Prairie Medicine with Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, August 10, 2024
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$10 per person
Ages 16+ please

Join Dustin Clayton at Hitchcock Nature Center and witness how life is ripening as the growing season approaches its apogee.

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Story Weaver | August

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, August 15, 2024
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free with Park Admission
16 and up

Story Weaver, Stories told in and about the natural world, in the oral tradition.

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Insect Club

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, August 22, 2024
6:30pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Come join in the fun! Everyone is welcome.

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September Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 7, 2024 to Sunday, September 15, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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September Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, September 7, 2024 to Sunday, September 29, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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Ornithology 101 | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 14, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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Autumn Equinox with Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 21, 2024
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$10 per person
Ages 16+ please

Join Dustin Clayton for a contemplative woods walk and discussion about the turning of summer to fall. Together we'll discuss the harvest, mindfulness and awareness in nature and how we can give back to the natural world that provides us with so much.

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Insect Club

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, September 26, 2024
6:30pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Come join in the fun! Everyone is welcome.

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October Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 5, 2024 to Sunday, October 13, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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October Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, October 5, 2024 to Sunday, October 27, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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Meander & Gander | A Mindfulness in Nature Program with Lindsay Knieper

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 5, 2024
9:00am to 11:00am
$15 per person
16+

Meander along the trails of the lovely Loess Hills as we observe, reflect, and practice spaciousness. Autumn program themes include: Gratitude and Letting Go

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Why Leaves Change Color | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 19, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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Story Weaver | October

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, October 24, 2024
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free with Park Admission
16 and up

Story Weaver, Stories told in and about the natural world, in the oral tradition.

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5th Annual Halloween Witchy Woods Walk with Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 26, 2024
2:00pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Ages 16+

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

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November Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 2, 2024 to Sunday, November 10, 2024
6:00am to 10:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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November Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, November 2, 2024 to Sunday, November 24, 2024
6:30am to 10:30pm
Free with $3/Vehicle Park Entry or Membership
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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Nature's Recyclers | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 9, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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Autumn's End Hike with Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 16, 2024
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$10.00
Ages 16+

Join naturalist and student of folklore Dustin Clayton for an end-of-autumn herb walk. Following the hike, we will examine some methods of preserving herbs grown or collected over the summer and autumn.

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Story Weaver | November

Hitchcock Nature Center

Friday, November 22, 2024
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free with Park Admission
16 and up

Story Weaver, Stories told in and about the natural world, in the oral tradition.

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Story Weaver | December

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, December 12, 2024
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Free with Park Admission
16 and up

Story Weaver, Stories told in and about the natural world, in the oral tradition.

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Winter Survival Secrets | A Land Ethic Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 14, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15 per person
14+

Explore nature and philosophy during this immersive program inspired by the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. Perfect for anyone who is looking to build their appreciation for the natural world.

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