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Winter Survival Secrets | A Land Ethic Workshop


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Saturday, December 2, 2023
9:00am to 12:00pm Add to Calendar

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


$15 per person

Join us & celebrated educator Ron Cisar for our last 2023 session of "A Land Ethic Workshop." This program will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center and is perfect for anyone with an interest in conservation and a desire to develop a better understanding of the natural world outside their own front door. 

Our December program participants will enjoy a full morning of instruction & learning, including:

  • An exploration of winter adaptations of area animals
  • Tips & tricks for effective winter bird feeding
  • A wrap-up discussion of our programming year
  • A reading & discussion of Aldo Leopold's essay "Home Range"
  • Jane Goodall’s Ten Trusts
  • December Nature Calendar (phenology)
  • Special musical selections celebrating the season
  • Each month will also include a look at Mother Nature's Calendar to help familiarize you with natural changes you can look for throughout the year & will finish out in true Leopold tradition, with a song. 

This program is intended for participants aged 14 and older with an interest in the natural world. No experience or prior knowledge is required to participate. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

Participants may register for the entire 10-session season for $75 (This discount pricing of 50% is available until Thursday, March 9th). Attendees who register for the full programming series will receive a copy of "A Sand County Almanac" and a blank journal for use during the class. *Participants do not need to attend every session to enjoy this programming series.


About "A Land Ethic Workshop"

Following the life work of naturalist Aldo Leopold, participants in this unique, 10-month-long programming series will gain a deeper understanding of our local ecosystems through study and discussion of seasonal ecology and will connect with others who share a passion for nature.

Program topics and dates include:

  • A Good Oak (free introductory program): February 25th
  • Waterfowl Identification: March 11th
  • Woodland Wildflowers: April 22nd
  • Morels, Fungi, & Lichen: May 20th
  • Freshwater Ecosystems: June 17th
  • Butterfly Basics: July 22nd
  • A Chorus of Insects: August 19th
  • Ornithology 101: September 23rd
  • Why Leaves Change Color: October 21st
  • Nature's Recyclers: November 11th
  • Winter Survival Secrets: December 2nd


About Ron Cisar

Ron Cisar.

"A Land Ethic Workshop" is created and taught by biologist and Leopold scholar Ron Cisar.  Ron taught science and biology in the Omaha Public Schools district for 32 years and at Iowa Western Community College as assistant Professor Emeritus until 2017. He is nationally recognized as a singer-songwriter, has spent time leading educational and research programs in national parks, and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in education.

This program series is sponsored, in part, by Humanities Iowa.

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Cancellation Policy

Please note that processing fees will not be refunded. Guests may cancel their reservation for a 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 canceled by Pottawattamie Conservation due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded, including the processing fee.

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2024 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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