Please note: Week Day Half-Day rental reservations can NOT be made online. Please call 712-545-3283 to reserve.
Reservations must be made 7 days in advance.
Seats up to 50
Starting at $350.00Reserve Now
Loess Hills Lodge Room Rentals
The Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center has the perfect facilities for your next family gathering, civic group event, or work retreat. Located in the heart of the beautiful Loess Hills, this facility features scenic overlooks, equal access restrooms and two unique rental spaces. Rental of either space at the Loess Hills Lodge includes the use of provided tables & chairs along with admission to the park for all of your guests.
The Goldfinch Room is equipped with conference tables and chairs for seating up to 50 guests. Overlooking area woodlands, it is located on our main floor along with our exhibit gallery and overlook deck. The Goldfinch Room is on the upper level of the Loess Hills Lodge and is ADA accessible with no stairs to climb. Goldfinch Room events share the main restrooms with Loess Hills Lodge visitors.
Can I come in & tour the facility?
Yes! While we can occasionally accommodate drop-in tours, due to staffing and programming we ask that you contact us and arrange an appointment in advance. Please email Dana Kruse or call 712-545-3283 to set up a time to visit the rental facilities.
Are we able to serve alcohol at our event?
Yes! Rental parties are permitted to serve alcohol with the payment of a $300.00 alcohol deposit in addition to the required $300.00 room deposit. Only bottles or canned beer & wine are permitted; no kegs or hard liquor. This includes mixed drinks.
Do we have access to a kitchen?
Kind of! Both rental rooms feature a small kitchenette for guest use. This kitchenette includes a full-sized refrigerator with a freezer, microwave, and sink.
Kitchenware including serving utensils, cutlery, or other appliances are NOT included. Please plan accordingly.
Can I have my event catered?
Yes! Please see our Policies & Procedures for regulations regarding catering at the Loess Hills Lodge.
Can I rent an outdoor space for my event?
No. While both rental rooms include direct outdoor access, we do not permit renters to commandeer any of our outdoor spaces for private use. Renters are welcome to utilize and enjoy our public outdoor spaces during their rental period but may not block or restrict public access to any area of the park outside of their rental room.
Are tables & chairs included in my rental?
Yes! Tables and chairs are included with your rental fee. Renters are responsible for setting up the tables and chairs when they arrive and for taking them down and storing them after their event is complete. Please remember that rental hours are the time in and time out of the building, not the duration of your event, so you will need to make sure and allow time for room set up.
All date changes must be made by calling the Loess Hills Lodge at 712-545-3283. Recognize that we must first administratively cancel your existing online reservation, and then create a second reservation for the new date. An Administrative Fee of $25 will be assessed to complete this transaction. Please consider this procedure prior to making your initial reservation.
Please note that date changes will not be allowed within two weeks of the scheduled reservation.
Please note that processing fees are non-refundable. ALL cancellations or requests for refunds cannot be done online and must be made by calling the Loess Hills Lodge at 712-545-3283.
Cancellation refunds will be paid based on the following schedule:
Pottawattamie Conservation observes a NON-REFUNDABLE reservation policy for cancellations that occur within 14 days of the rental date with the following exceptions:
Rental Hours & Fees
All rentals are subject to the cancellation policy. A *4% nonrefundable processing fee will be applied to credit card reservations.
*Fees are subject to change.
Park User Fee: The $5/vehicle park user fee normally required at the entrance of HNC is covered by the rental fee. Renters and their guests do not have to pay the park user fee during their rental times on the day of rental.
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