ALERT: Face Coverings Required in all County Owned Buildings
ALERT: Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery Closed & Welcome Desk Observing Adjusted Hours

Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wildlife


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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
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

Ages 3 & Up

Children Age 3 & Over - $3.00 per Child

Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek for another fun filled program, Homeschool in the Hills: Winter Wildlife on Tuesday, January 5th at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Join us on a winter hike to learn about how wild animals survive winter & learn the answers to some important nature questions like: Why do some trees lose their leaves? How can our local chipmunks survive the winter if they don’t hibernate? Why do some plants stay green and living all winter while others die in the fall?

We will be hosting two program sessions, participants may register for either program session. Our morning session begins at 10:00 a.m. participants & must arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. to participate. Our afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m. & participants must arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. to participate. 

Online 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, children under 3 do not need a reservation. 

Click Here to Register for the 10:00 a.m. Morning Session

Click Here to Register for the 1:00 p.m. Afternoon Session

For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

These programs are delivered in an all-outdoors, small-group guided format and are designed for elementary students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Due to the popularity of this event we have added a second day of programming on Wednesday, January 6th, click here for more information on this second day of programming.  

*In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather participants will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

Due to COVID-19 the format of this program has been adjusted. 

  • 6-foot distance will be maintained between individuals/family groups
  • Masks required while inside and requested when distancing is impossible outside
  • This program will be held primarily outdoors
  • Staff will wear masks when 6-foot distance is not possible or indoors
  • Maximum registration has been reduced
  • Participants must sign a participation waiver upon arrival

This event 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 the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.

Related Events

2021 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.

Map to Homeschool in the Hills: Maple Tree Tap

Get a full year of free access to all Pottawattamie County parks.

Become a member of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation