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Pottawattamie Conservation Events

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Upcoming Events

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Little Tike Hike | Botna Bend Park

Botna Bend Park

Monday, August 1, 2022 to Wednesday, August 31, 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, August 6, 2022 to Sunday, August 14, 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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Learn Archery

Narrows River Park

Thursday, August 11, 2022
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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Perseids Shower Night Sky Event

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Friday, August 12, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022
8:00pm to 11:59pm
$5 per vehicle; Cash only
All Ages

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, binoculars, and telescopes to view nature's fireworks and other wonders in the night sky during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower.

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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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Grass Identification Workshop

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 to Thursday, August 18, 2022
10:00am to 5:00pm
$125
18+

Registration for this event it now full. Join the waitlist.

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August Hitch Hike | Hohneke Pond

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Free with Park Admission
All Ages

Wind your way through the woods and prairie to a pond nestled in the middle of the Loess Hills during this guided hike.

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Insect Club: Ants, Little Creatures Who Run the World

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, August 25, 2022
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Are you an insect enthusiast? Then consider joining us for August's Insect Club.

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Hunter Education Field Day

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
Free with $5/vehicle park entry fee
12+

Join the Iowa DNR and learn the vital basics of hunting including wildlife identification, first aid, and firearm and archery safety.

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Homeschool in the Hills AM | Seasonal Survival: Summer

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, August 31, 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 and animals, including humans use to survive and flourish in the summer.

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Homeschool in the Hills PM | Seasonal Survival: Summer

Hitchcock Nature Center

Wednesday, August 31, 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 and animals, including humans use to survive and flourish in the summer.

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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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Little Tike Hike | Hitchcock Nature Center

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 3, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 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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Botna Bend Pancake Feed

Botna Bend Park

Saturday, September 3, 2022
8:30am to 11:00am
Free with Park Admission, Free Will Donation at Pickup
All Ages

Grab a tasty breakfast at Botna Bend & enjoy the taste of real maple syrup!

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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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Monarch Tagging | 9 A.M.

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am
$5 per person
All Ages

Learn about monarch butterflies, their life cycle, and their miraculous migration to Mexico as we teach you how we catch, handle, and tag monarchs for research.

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Monarch Tagging | 11 A.M.

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 10, 2022
11:00am to 12:00pm
$5 per person
All Ages

Learn about monarch butterflies, their life cycle, and their miraculous migration to Mexico as we teach you how we catch, handle, and tag monarchs for research.

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Monarch Tagging | 1 P.M.

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 10, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm
$5 per person
All Ages

Learn about monarch butterflies, their life cycle, and their miraculous migration to Mexico as we teach you how we catch, handle, and tag monarchs for research.

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Monarch Tagging | 3 P.M.

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 10, 2022
3:00pm to 4:00pm
$5 per person
All Ages

Learn about monarch butterflies, their life cycle, and their miraculous migration to Mexico as we teach you how we catch, handle, and tag monarchs for research.

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Summer's End, Harvest Lore | With Dustin Clayton

Hitchcock Nature Center

Saturday, September 17, 2022
10:00am to 12:30pm
$12 per person
Ages 16+ please

Join Dustin Clayton for a meaningful discussion about the turning of summer to fall and learn how to preserve tinctures and teas.

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September Hitch Hike | Westridge Trail

Hitchcock Nature Center

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
6:00pm to 8:30pm
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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Insect Club: Insects in the News with Dennis Kingery

Hitchcock Nature Center

Thursday, September 22, 2022
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry
14+

Are you an insect enthusiast? Then consider joining us for September's Insect Club.

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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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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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