Pottawattamie Conservation Events

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Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, September 4, 2021 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:30am to 10:30pm
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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Slow Walk on Badger Ridge

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 25, 2021
1:00pm
$5.00 Per Person
Ages 12 and Up

Explore one of Hitchcock's most popular trails at your own pace during this Slow Walk On Badger Ridge.

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Prairie Seed Harvest

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, September 27, 2021
5:30pm to 7:30pm
All Ages

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

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Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 2, 2021 to Monday, October 11, 2021
6:00am to 10:00pm
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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Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, October 2, 2021 to Sunday, October 31, 2021
6:30am to 10:30pm
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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HawkWatch 5K Walk/Run

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 2, 2021
9:00am
$33
Parents/Guardians may register those under 18

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Butterflies Through Binoculars

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:00pm
10.00
14 +

This program starts with a classroom session to learn how to identify our autumn butterflies, then prepared with your new knowledge, we will venture out into the hills on a guided hike to find them!

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Prairie Seed Harvest

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
5:30pm to 7:30pm
All Ages

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

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Arrowhead Park Chili Fest

Arrowhead Park

Saturday, October 9, 2021
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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Intro to Backpacking

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Sunday, October 24, 2021
12:00am
$40 per person
Ages 18+

Interested in backpacking but not sure where to start? Explore backcountry travel in this part-lecture, part-hands-on course sponsored by the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol.

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The Science of Fall

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15.00 Per Session or $75.00 For the Full Series
14 and up

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

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Gardening for Diversity - A Hands-On Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 16, 2021
3:00pm
$15.00 Per Person
Age 14 & Over

Learn more about harvesting seeds & maintaining diverse native plantings in this hands-on program.

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30 Years of HawkWatch Celebration

Hitchcock Nature Center

Sunday, October 17, 2021
1:00pm
Free with park admission or annual pass
All Ages

Learn about the fascinating world of raptors and help celebrate our Hitchcock HawkWatch group's 30th anniversary with us on Sunday, October 17th.

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Prairie Seed Harvest

Hitchcock Nature Center

Monday, October 18, 2021
5:00pm to 7:00pm
All Ages

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

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Arrowhead Trail Run

Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:00am to 12:00pm
All Ages

Arrowhead Trail Run is a 5k marked course at Arrowhead Park near Neola, Iowa.

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Hitchcock Haunted Hollow

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:00am
$5.00 Per Person Age 4 & Over
All Ages

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

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Hitchcock Haunted Hollow

Hitchcock Nature Center

Sunday, October 24, 2021
1:00pm
$5.00 Per Person Age 4 & Over
All Ages

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

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Prairie Seed Harvest

Hitchcock Nature Center

Friday, October 29, 2021
5:00pm to 7:00pm
All Ages

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

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Building Better Birders: Sunrise Guided Birding Hike

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 30, 2021
7:00am to 9:00am
Free
All Ages

Hit the trails & take in the sunrise at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge during this guided birding hike, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Building Better Birders: Introduction to Waterfowl & Upland Game Birds of Iowa

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
Free
All Ages

Learn more about bird species at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge during this informative program, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Building Better Birders: Mid-Day Guided Observation from the Visitor Center

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm
Free
All Ages

Join us at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 30th at 11:00 a.m. for Building Better Birders: Mid-Day Guided Observation & enjoy a guided observation from the indoor observation are of the visitor center. 

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Building Better Birders: Introduction to the Waterbirds of Iowa

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 30, 2021
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Free
All Ages

Learn more about bird species at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge during this informative program, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Building Better Birders: Afternoon Guided Observation from the Visitor Center

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, October 30, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Free
All Ages

Enjoy some guided, indoor bird watching at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Loess Hills 2nd Annual Halloween Witchy Woods Walk

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, October 30, 2021
3:30pm 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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Homeschool in the Hills: The Loess Hills - Morning

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am
Children Age 3 & Over - $4.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Explore the stunning & geologically unique Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center during this field trip.

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Homeschool in the Hills: The Loess Hills - Afternoon

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Children Age 3 & Over - $4.00 per Child
Ages 3 & Up

Explore the stunning & geologically unique Loess Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center during this field trip.

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Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, November 6, 2021 to Monday, November 15, 2021
6:00am to 10:00pm
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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Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, November 6, 2021 to Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6:30am to 10:30pm
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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Building Better Birders: Guided Birding Hike

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, December 2, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Free
All Ages

Hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center on a guided birding hike, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Building Better Birders: Owl Prowl

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, December 2, 2021
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Free
All Ages

Hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center & listen for the familiar sounds of owls, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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Building Better Birders: The Ultimate Winter Bird Survey, A Summary of the First Ever Christmas Bird Count Marathon

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, December 2, 2021
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Free
All Ages

Hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center & learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, part of the Building Better Birders program series.

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The Hitchcock Experience Endurance Run

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 11, 2021 to Sunday, December 12, 2021
5:00am
All Ages

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

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Winter Survival Secrets

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, December 18, 2021
9:00am to 12:00pm
$15.00 Per Session or $75.00 For the Full Series
14 and up

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

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