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Bison Fest at Botna Bend


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Saturday, November 5, 2022
11:00am to 2:00pm Add to Calendar

Botna Bend Park
42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, Iowa 51536

All Ages

Free with $3/vehicle park entry or membership

In honor of National Bison Day, come visit our bison herd out at Botna Bend Park and learn more about this magnificent species and the conservation efforts that help protect them.

Swing by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for fun, family-friendly activities, including:

  • Botna Bend’s live bison herd
  • Atlatl throwing
  • Bison wool spinning
  • Hay rack rides
  • Bison artifacts
  • Live music with Ron Cisar
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Flint knapping
  • Fossil finding demonstration - Learn how to search for and find fossils
  • Learn about the symbiotic relationship between bison and the prairie - Led by the Nature Conservancy of Iowa's Scott Moats
  • Video presentations on the Joy Creek Major archaeological site & Coralville Lake's Devonian Fossil Gorge

This event is free with a $3 park entry fee or an annual permit and will be held RAIN or SHINE. We'll see you there!

Thank you to Feed Trough for providing bison chili, soup, fries and funnel cakes - all for a recommended free will donation. Please make sure you bring a few extra dollars (cash) to thank them for their generosity and support local business!

Special thanks to Scott Moats of the Nature Conservancy of Iowa for leading our Bison & the Prairie program and sharing the important relationship between bison and Iowa's endangered prairie ecosystem.

2022 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 Bison Fest at Botna Bend

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