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The Naturalist School Summer Field Season: Session #5

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the fifth and final session of the 2017 Summer Field Season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field seasons are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #5 will be held Saturday, July 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally session start times may vary due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will receive communication confirming session start time and meeting location prior to each session.

2017 Summer Field Season Dates:
Saturday, May 27th
Saturday, June 3rd
Saturday, June 10th
Saturday, June 17th
Saturday, July 1st

Summer topics include woodland & savanna ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs & toads, nesting birds, woodland & savanna plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, & other taxa & topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual session or participants may register for the 5 week field season for a discounted rate of $65.00. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited.

Register online for either the 5 week season or for individual sessions at Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283


Red, White & You! Patriotic Night at the Museum

5 to 7PM | Union Pacific Railroad Museum
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s July Family Night on Friday, July 7, is all about first responders and veterans. Meet your community firefighters, see inside a fire truck, and meet a police officer, county deputy and one of Union Pacific’s own special agents. And don’t forget to see the model military trains, speak with several veterans who now work for Union Pacific and enjoy story time. This month’s partners include the Council Bluffs Fire Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Union Pacific, and the Council Bluffs Public Library.

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2017 punch card and check in upon arrival. Individuals who get their card stamped at least seven times this year will eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. New visitors can request a card upon check in at the Museum. The special drawing for the trip will occur at the December 2017 family night. You must be present to win.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family Nights at the Museum are held the first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the Museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, each family night also features a unique arts or learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night is Aug. 4 and features the theme, “Track it Down: Family Night at the Museum.”

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Contact: Union Pacific Railroad Museum
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All Iowa Reads Book Discussion

6:30 to 8PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Bottomland by Michelle Hoover is the 2017 All Iowa Reads title. Based on a real life story of the author’s grandmother, the book begins in Iowa in the wake of World War I. Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.

The Iowa Center for the Book’s All Iowa Reads program fosters a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title. Books are available now at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Council Bluffs Public Library.

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Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135

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