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A Good Oak: Introduction to "A Land Ethic Workshop" (Free!)


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Saturday, February 25, 2023
9:00am to 11:00am Add to Calendar

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542

14 and up

Free introductory course

Join us as we kick off our 2023 season of "A Land Ethic Workshop." This free, introductory program will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center and is perfect for anyone with an interest in conservation and a desire to develop a better understanding of the natural world outside their own front door. Join us and celebrated educator Ron Cisar as we introduce participants to our 10-month-long programming series, "A Land Ethic Workshop".

Participants in this introductory session will study and learn:

  • How one oak affects the biological community & reveals secrets of the past
  • The ecological significance of Iowa's Loess Hills landform.
  • The biographical history of Iowa's own Aldo Leopold & his "Land Ethic"

This program is free for all attendees and is intended for participants aged 14 and older with an interest in the natural world. No experience or prior knowledge is required to participate. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

About "A Land Ethic Workshop"

Following the life work of naturalist Aldo Leopold, participants in this unique, 10-month-long programming series will gain a deeper understanding of our local ecosystems through study and discussion of seasonal ecology and will connect with others who share a passion for nature.

Program topics and dates include:

  • A Good Oak (free introductory program): February 25th
  • Waterfowl Identification: March 11th
  • Woodland Wildflowers: April 22nd
  • Morels, Fungi, & Lichen: May 20th
  • Freshwater Ecosystems: June 17th
  • Butterfly Basics: July 22nd
  • A Chorus of Insects: August 19th
  • Ornithology 101: September 23rd
  • Why Leaves Change Color: October 21st
  • Nature's Recyclers: November 11th
  • Winter Survival Secrets: December 2nd

Participants may register for the entire 10-session season for $75 (This discount pricing of 50% is available until Thursday, March 9th). Attendees who register for the full programming series will receive a copy of "A Sand County Almanac" and a blank journal for use during the class. Please note: Participants do not need to attend every session to enjoy this programming series.

About Ron Cisar

Ron Cisar.

"A Land Ethic Workshop" is created & taught by biologist and Leopold scholar Ron Cisar.  Ron taught science and biology in the Omaha Public Schools district for 32 years and at Iowa Western Community College as assistant Professor Emeritus until 2017. He is nationally recognized as a singer-songwriter, has spent time leading educational and research programs in national parks, and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in education.


2023 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Map to A Good Oak: Introduction to "A Land Ethic Workshop" (Free!)

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