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.
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!
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.
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