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Operation Dump Busters!

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Attention

This event is being held as part of Pottawattamie Conservation's Free Park Entry Fee Day in honor of Earth Day. All park visitors may bypass the pay station on April 23rd and enjoy Hitchcock Nature Center free of charge.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
9:00am to 3:00pm Add to Calendar

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

Ages
All Ages

Cost
Free, no park entry fee required

Celebrate Earth Day with Pottawattamie Conservation and join our park cleanup event at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Did you know that Hitchcock Nature Center's Loess Hills beauty and remnant prairie systems were almost turned into a bottled water factory, and then of all things, a dump!? Thankfully local community members came together, put their feet down, and fought to protect this beautiful area. They're known as the Dump Busters!

Together, we can protect the park's special beauty and all of the plants and wildlife that call it home. Join our park cleanup event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd and follow in the Dump Busters' footsteps!

  • Participants will be given a bag to collect trash in and are encouraged to bring their own if they have it.
  • Volunteers will also have the opportunity to enter themselves in a random drawing for a park pass, 2-night camping stay, or a 2-night camping cabin stay.
  • Once you're done on the trails, head back to the lodge to weigh and record your findings, take a Dump Buster selfie, and help sort any recyclables.
    • Send your selfies to pottconservation@pottcounty-ia.gov or tag Hitchcock Nature Center on Facebook or pottcoconservation on Instagram or Twitter!

Please meet us at the Loess Hills Lodge to check-in, receive your bag, and pick which area of the park you want to cover.

Recommendations: bring a pair of gloves, dress for the weather, and wear tall socks and good hiking shoes. We especially appreciate anyone who is willing to venture off the beaten path, work up a sweat, and possibly battle blackberry or raspberry vines to grab litter! 

We know our visitors have the best intentions and do all they can to protect their natural areas. We appreciate anyone who is willing to help pick up litter along trails while they enjoy some quality time with mother nature!

Interesting Park History: The trail Angel's Dead End is actually named after an investor, Mike Angel, who purchased this land in the late-1980s and was set on profiting from it. Bulldozer Valley, which can be seen from the observation deck, as well as the trail Dozer Cut was partially formed by bulldozers from when Angel owned the property and was actively working to turn it into a dump.

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.

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