Homeschool in the Hills: Monarch Migration


Due to COVID-19 concerns we have implimented some changes to our event. Please see the event description below for details. Thank you for understanding.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to program popularity we have opened registration for a second day of Homeschool in the Hills programming. This event will now be held both Tuesday, September 1st & Wednesday, September 2nd. Please click here for information on our September 2nd programming

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00am to 11:30am Add to Calendar 1:00pm to 2:30pm Add to Calendar

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

3 and Up

Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child

Hitchcock Nature Center - Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek for our final session in a series of field trips focusing on the world of citizen science.

Citizen science is a system of public programs designed to involve budding scientists of all ages in a variety of fields to collect data for scientific use. With numerous projects spanning the entire year there is something for everyone in the world of citizen science. We aim to explore a selection of programs and help you find ways to get involved with the broader scientific community. 

Join us on Tuesday, September 1st and get involved with one of the most well known citizen science projects, MonarchWatch! Learn to identify monarch butterflies and safely capture, tag, and release them as they pass through our area on their way to Mexico during their annual migration. For more information on MonarchWatch please visit We will also take this opportunity to introduce you to the Hitchcock HawkWatch, an annual science project held at Hitchcock Nature Center. Learn more about migrating species of raptors and our intrepid team of volunteers that spend fall and early winter watching, counting, and reporting them.

Two sessions of this program are offered, the morning session is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and the afternoon session is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must choose which session they wish to attend.

Due to COVID-19, we have adjusted our format for this program & added a few extra steps for our families. All activities have been moved outdoors, and up to two families at a time will rotate through our program stations keeping group numbers small.

*Morning session program stations will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., participants may arrive any time after 10:00 a.m. but must arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. to participate.

*Afternoon session program stations will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., participants may arrive any time after 1:00 p.m. but must arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. to participate.

Participants must sign a waiver before participating. Staff will be wearing masks during programming & masks are recommended for all participants as well.

Pre-registration is required & walk-in participants will not be admitted. 

Cost for this event is $3.00 per person for children age 3 and over, accompanying adults and children under 3 are free. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

All September 1st sessions of Homeschool in the Hills: Monarch Migration are currently full. To join the program waitlist please use the links below. 

Register Online for our Morning Session Waitlist

Register Online for our Afternoon Session Waitlist

These programs are delivered in a flexible format with both guided and self guided units and are designed for elementary school students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Each program will begin with a set of hands-on learning activities to introduce learners to our topic for the day and then a field session to view nature first-hand.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge. Weather Permitting

Cancellation Policy

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations after 1 week (7 days) will not be refunded. Program fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.

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2020 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board 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.

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