Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

Support conservation efforts in Pottawattamie County by becoming a member of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation today!

Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation (PCF) is led by a volunteer-based board of directors.  The long-range goals of PCF are to acquire land for habitat preservation and public use, support environmental education activities in Pottawattamie County, and utilize partnerships to attain its goals.

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Enjoy the Benefits of  Membership

Daily entrance passes to Pottawattamie County parks are $5.00 per vehicle at Hitchcock Nature Center  and $3.00 per vehicle at Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, and Narrows River Park. However, for guests that visit our parks multiple times a year, a membership may be a better option. Memberships provide our guests with an economical way to enjoy our parks while still supporting Pottawattamie Conservation and PCF's mission. There are three membership levels for both Pottawattamie County residents & out-of-county residents from which to choose, Annual, Family, and Supporter. Each level of membership includes a permit valid for entry to all of our parks for a full year along with many additional benefits.

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PCF memberships help the organization provide...

  • Scholarships and transportation costs for over 1,600 area students for school nature field trips 
  • Equipment and training for the study of birds of prey at Hitchcock
  • Improvements at Botna Bend Park including new restrooms, river view trail, nature playscape playground, road resurfacing, and new camping pads
  • Sponsorship of all free with park admission public programming
  • The establishment of the Hitchcock Nature Center Speaker Series and the Narrows River Park Summer Concert Series
  • Support of the "Plant Some Shade" program which annually sells and distributes trees in cooperation with Trees Forever, the IDNR, Mid-American Energy, and Council Bluffs Parks & Recreation
  • The continued support and expansion of recreation activities in Pottawattamie County through the establishment of an endowment securing long-term funding for environmental education, recreation, and land stewardship for generations to come

Thank you to our 2023-24 event sponsors!



Board Members

Judd Knispel, President

Matt Saar, Vice President

Troy Burrus

Kathy Fiscus

Michael Geier

Jody Green

Kelli O'Brien

Brian (Pete) Petersen

Christy Sauser

Lori Shields

Adam Thien

Warren Weber

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Our Supporters

Doll Distributing
Union Pacific
Greater Omaha Trail Runnerz
Pinnacle Bank
State Farm Judd Knispel
Petersen Law
Thien Farm Management
Snyder & Associates
Availa Bank
Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau