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Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project: February Training Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Please join us on Saturday, February 24th for the first of three training sessions aimed at training those interested in joining this unique volunteer program aimed at better understanding a new disease causing damage to Iowa's oak trees. Through a series of trainings, and the generosity of volunteers with their time, Pottawattamie County Conservation is looking to shed a little light on the oaks’ newest threat.

Our February training session will introduce new volunteers to the program including the project & field data collection app, oak ecology, & oak fire wounds. Please register online for this training session or call for additional information; registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Portions of this training will occur out-of-doors and off-trail, so please dress accordingly.

In partnership with The Naturalist School, Pottawattamie County Conservation’s Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is a truly original volunteer-led citizen science effort the likes of which has never been seen in the Midwest. The project aims to support researchers’ efforts to better understand the dramatic decline and mortality of oaks observed throughout our region. In addition, the project would help ensure that current and future generations of oaks remain part of the Hitchcock Nature Center landscape through volunteer-led protection and planting.

During the spring and summer, and while utilizing a specially designed smartphone app, trained volunteers will walk the wilds of the Hitchcock Nature Center documenting the health and condition of bur and red oak trees in the park. In the fall, volunteers will ​be trained in what it takes to prepare oaks for annual prescribed fire, how to select viable acorns, and where and when to plant them.

While the project will benefit most from dedicated participants, project volunteers are not required to attend all three sessions, and may attend any that they’d like. Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project participants would be enrolled as official Hitchcock Nature Center volunteers, and would receive project-specific training and support, in addition to our regular volunteer incentives. The Naturalist School’s Jack Phillips will be the project’s lead coordinator, educator, and point-of-contact for all volunteers enrolled in the project, and will provide the guidance and leadership necessary to make the project a success.

Participants should note: The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project will occur Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa’s Loess Hills, and will require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Accordingly, the project may be challenging for young children and those with restricted mobility.

The Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project is proudly funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP): Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 328-5831
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10591/Hitchcock-Oak-Inventory-Project-February-Trainin.aspx

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Family Guided Snowshoe Hike

1PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Family Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5 to 11. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Adults or families with children over 12 years are invited to join us for our Adult Snowshoe Hike.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register for this program online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registration will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10708/Family-Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Guided Snowshoe Hike

3PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills on Saturday, February 24th at 3:00 p.m.

Snowshoes are provided for all registered participants.

This workshop is designed for participants age 12 & over. Families with children under 12 years are invited to join us for our Family Snowshoe Hike, click here for more information. Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, January 24th as space is limited. Register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Use this link to register online: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/10705/Guided-Snowshoe-Hike.aspx

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held with or without snow. In the event that there is not enough snow for outdoor snowshoeing there will still be a program including a snowshoe demonstration, indoor snowshoe practice and a guided interactive winter hike. Please do not register if you intend to cancel your registration if there is no snow. When you register you immediately secure your space and prevent others from registering. Not attending a program you have registered for means that other guests cannot attend either and spaces go unfilled. Thank you for understanding.

Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. PCF memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Natural Connections

4 to 6PM | Botna Bend Park
Join us at Botna Bend park as we kick off a new program aimed at connecting families with nature on Sunday, February 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

During this program families will receive the tools & training to embark on outdoor adventures of the own and make community connections to individuals, services, and groups aimed at assisting families.

Time spent outdoors and in the community is shown to improve the health, well-being, & quality of life for all people. This program is aimed at providing access and the beginning tools needed for families to get outdoors and get connected. Transportation from Council Bluffs to Botna Bend Park is provided for all registered families.

Pre-registration is required for all families planning to attend. For more information or to register please contact Rene Stroud, Pottawattamie County Naturalist at 712-242-1197 or by email at rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov. If your organization is interested in hosting a booth at our information fair please contact Rene as well for details.

This program is made possible through grant support from Promise Partners.

More Information
Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 741-5465
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com

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Bird Banding Demonstration

9 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, February 3rd
Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday, April 7th

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration.

Participants must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Annual memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=476

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Children's Maple Tree Tap

9AM | Botna Bend Park
Families with children ages 6 & under are invited to join us for this special maple tree tapping program geared toward younger learners on Saturday, March 3rd at Botna Bend Park. Three program sessions will be offered on March 3rd, participants are asked to choose either the 9:00 a.m. session, 10:00 a.m. session, or 11:00 a.m. session.

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. We ask that only families with children age 6 & under attend this program. If you are a family with older children or adults interested in maple tree tapping you are invited to attend our all ages event instead, details on that event may be found at www.pottcoconservation.com.

This special tree tapping program will introduce younger learners to the sweet world of maple syrup in a fun way. Hands on activities will help young learners understand the tapping & refining process used to create our own special maple syrup.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 28th as space in this program is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Due to the popularity of this program early registration is recommended as walk-in space may not be available the day of the event. Thank you for understanding. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/

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Maple Tree Tap

9AM | Botna Bend Park
Join us for the 25th annual Maple Tree Tap event on Saturday, March 3rd at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa. Three program sessions will be offered on March 3rd, participants are asked to choose either the 9:00 a.m. session, 10:00 a.m. session, or the 11:00 a.m. session.

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and will introduce you to the basics of syrup making from tapping the trees to bottling the final product. If temperatures are cooperative and the sap is flowing participants can even taste the sweet sap as it flows from the tree.

All ages are welcome to attend the Maple Tree Tap programs. Families with children ages 6 & under may be interested in attending a specially designed session geared toward younger learners called Children's Maple Tree Tap. Visit www.pottcoconservation.com for more information on the Children's Maple Tree Tap event.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, February 28th as space in this program is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Due to the popularity of this program early registration is recommended as walk-in space may not be available on the day of the event. Thank you for understanding. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

New Admission Fees Begin January 1, 2018
Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Rene Stroud
(712) 545-3283
rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session

8 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we introduce a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This free introductory class is designed to introduce interested attendees to our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 10th, 2018 - Free Introductory Class
March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit wwwpottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=492

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Shamrock Shuffle

9AM to 12PM | 100 Block of West Broadway
The 712 Initiative presents the 2018 Shamrock Shuffle 5K run/walk.

Thanks to the presenting sponsor CHI Mercy Council Bluffs and to our supporting sponsors: Glory Days, Barley's Bar, Judd Knispel Agency- State Farm Insurance, Renegade Bootcamp & Boxing, and Ultra/ Doll Distributing LLC.

Back this year we will have a fun challenge...a jolly leprechaun will be running. If you beat the leprechaun, you will win a free beverage of your choosing.

The run will take place in historic downtown Council Bluffs starting and ending on the 100 Block of West Broadway. It is a flat course.

T-shirt is guaranteed with online registration before February 28th. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for registrations after that date.

Participants can register online until noon on March 7th. To do so, go to the website and ticketing website provided with this description.

Registration and packet pick up available Friday, March 9th 5-7 PM at Barley's Bar and day of event on east end of the 100 Block starting at 7:30 AM.

Festive attire is encouraged for this 5K! Deck out in green, shamrocks and irish themed attire for a chance to win one of the Best Dressed prizes!

Medals: Top 3 Men, Top 3 Women & Top 3 16 & under finishers will be awarded medals!

Plan to stay after the run for some adult festivities. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Event will be held rain, snow, slush or shine! If you have any questions, feel free to use the email below.

More Information
Contact: Donna Schoeppner
(402) 515-1200
dschoeppner@the712initiative.org
https://712initiative.redpodium.com/shamrock-shuffle-2018

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Author Visit: Steve Sieberson

6:30 to 8PM | Council Bluffs Public Library
Iowa author Steve Sieberson will present "The Naked Mountaineer - Mountain Travels in the Wide, Wide World" on March 12th. Steve has traveled extensively in search of exotic summits, and he has written about his experiences in the critically acclaimed and humorous memoir "The Naked Mountaineer - Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler." His program will describe climbs in Switzerland, Japan, Borneo and other places, and his colorful slides and readings from his book will be of great interest to outdoor enthusiasts, armchair adventurers and anyone who loves a good adventure story.

Stop by and meet the author. Books will be available for purchase.

More Information
Contact: Marlys Lien
(712) 323-7553 x135
mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org
http://www.councilbluffslibrary.org

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Native Gardening: Plants for Pollinators

2PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with author, poet, gardener and conservationist Benjamin Vogt. This three-part native gardening series is designed to aid gardeners design and plant their own native garden.

Our second session will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa. This series of classes is being presented as part of our adult education programming. We ask that all participants be age 18 & over please. Thank you for understanding.

This program is comprised of three individual sessions each focusing on a new topic. The cost is $10.00 per person per session and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

2017 Native Gardening Classes and Topics

February 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Planning & Plant Choices
This class will cover resources and strategies to help you choose the best plant for the best spot. We will look at online databases, trusted websites, and the best books to help you thing about appropriate plants and sustainable design for wildlife.

March 17th, 2:00 p.m. - Plants for Pollinators
This class will explore some of the best flowering native forbs, grasses, and sedges that support both adult and larval insects. Learn to plan for cover during various seasons and site conditions for maximum pollinator support.

April 14th, 2:00 p.m. - Winter Wildlife Habitat
This class will consider planting and design strategies that you can employ in spring that will create a habitat throughout the winter months. We will cover both the ornamental and practical benefits of specific native forbs, grasses, and woody plants in the cold season. We'll also consider how to effectively design a landscape mixing all plant types to increase edge zones where wildlife thrive.

Benjamin Vogt is the driving force behind Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden consulting and design firm in the Omaha/Lincoln area. Monarch Gardens LLC helps homeowners, schools, and businesses choose native plant species to populate their gardens, creating landscape plans that support responsible gardening practices. Benjamin's own 2,500' (soon to be 4,500') native garden was named a "Top Outdoor Space" in 2012 by "Apartment Therapy" and has been featured in numerous publications. His latest book, "A New Garden Ethic" was released in October, 2017.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Ruhaak, Heartland Photos & Design

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=468

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: March Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the first of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.

More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=493

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: April Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the second of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=494

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: May Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the third of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=495

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May Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=440

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May Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series

May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=440

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Moonlight Movies in the Park

6 to 11PM | Robert's Park
Bellows Community Alliance presents: Moonlight Movies in the Park. A FREE outdoor movie experience for family & friends, every other Saturday night, June-July. Pre-show activities starting at 6:00 PM followed by a feature film on the BIG SCREEN at sundown (9:00 PM). "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2" 6-2. "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" 6-16. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" 6-30. "Kong: Skull Island" 7-7. "Coco" 7-21. We will be listing additional pre-show fun soon!


More Information
Contact: Josh Bellows
(712) 326-8792
bellowsj33@gmail.com
http://www.bca-cb.org

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: June Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fourth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=496

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Lutheran Lakeside Day Camp

9AM to 3PM | Emanuel Lutheran Church
Lutheran Lakeside Camp is coming to you! Staff from Lutheran Lakeside Camp (Spirit Lake, Iowa) will be leading us in a fun filled week! Come and experience all the fun of camp right in Council Bluffs! Playing, growing, singing, crafting, experiencing, dancing, acting, talking, running, shouting, skipping, snacking, laughing, learning, and worshiping each and every day!

For students entering 1st through 6th grade. Only $40 per child for all four days!

More Information
Contact: Michaela Lewis
(712) 323-9665
emanuellutherancbia@msn.com
http://www.emanuelcb.org

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June Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=441

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: July Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the fifth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=497

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July Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=442

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: August Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the sixth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=498

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August Hitch Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=443

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: September Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the seventh of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=499

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September Hitch Hike

6PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series will start with a more moderate trail and work towards a healthy, invigorating 2.5 mile hike by the end of the series in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but they must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Attendees must purchase a $3.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation to attend this program. Daily passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased the day of the event. Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation memberships may be purchased for $20.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

2017 Hitch Hike Series
May 15th, 7:00 p.m. - Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. - Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

July 17th, 7:00 p.m. - Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.
August 21st, 7:00 p.m. - Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.
September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

Weather permitting.

2018 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


More Information
Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=444

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The event is a celebration of Viking-Medieval-Renaissance-Pirate-Steampunk themes with a wide variety of professional entertainment, including horseback jousting. It features a merchants village of artisans and crafters selling items found at only such an event, food court and beer garden, and children's realm and faerie court. There will be hands-on games of skill as well as exhibits and demonstrations of folk ways from times past. There will also be two outdoor museum/living history encampments along with treasure hunts and costume contests. Admission for adults is $12 each and kids from 5 to 15 are $5. Two-day passes will be available at the gate.

More Information
Contact: Gregory Schmidt
(641) 357-5177
greg@festint.com
http://www.festint.com

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: October Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the eighth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=500

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: November Session

8 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the ninth of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=501

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A Pottawattamie County Almanac: December Session

8AM to 12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as we launch a new program guided by Aldo Leopold's classic work, A Sand County Almanac.

This is the last of our planned 10 session program. All classes will occur at Hitchcock Nature Center and will follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting.

Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them and will include guided hikes, aquatic studies, native prairie and woodland investigations, guest lectures, journaling, sketching, invasive species studies, and more. Classes will occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the below dates.

March 24th, 2018
April 14th, 2018
May 12th, 2018
June 9th, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th, 2018
September 8th, 2018
October 13th, 2018
November 10th, 2018
December 15th, 2018

To maintain an effective teacher-to-student ratio, class size will be limited and early registration is encouraged. A spot in each of the 10 classes can be reserved for $75.00 per person. While intended to be taken as a series, individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class per person. Please understand that space is individual classes is subject to availability. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online. Please call 712-545-3283 for more information.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac is intended for people of all experience levels and walks of life, and from all areas of the Midwest; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center, located on the western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills and will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur out-of-doors and participants should come prepared for weather and the elements.


More Information
Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=502

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