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McFarland Park




Featured Events

» “All Species, One Earth” Event
April 25, 2015    2:00 - 12:00 AM
» Partners Spring Festival
May 3 - May 3, 2015   2:00 - 5:00 PM
» Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors (O.W.L.S.) Whiterock Conservancy
May 5, 2015    11:00 - 12:00 AM
» TEAM Day (Trail Enhancement and Management)
May 9, 2015    9:30 - 12:00 AM
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Youth Size Small
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Youth Size Medium
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Youth Size Extra-Small
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Youth Size Extra-Large
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Adult Size Small
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Adult Size Medium
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Adult Size Large
May 14, 2015   
» 2015 Nature Camp T-Shirt, Adult Size Extra-Large
May 14, 2015   
» A Froggin' We Will Go!
May 22 - May 22, 2015   7:00 - 9:00 PM
» Fairy Tails
May 30 - May 30, 2015   10:00 - 11:30 AM
» Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors (O.W.L.S.) Henry A. Wallace
June 2, 2015    11:00 - 12:00 AM
» Natural Exposure
June 6 - June 6, 2015   8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
» Polliwogs Nature Camp A (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
June 8 - June 11, 2015   1:00 - 3:30 PM
» Polliwogs Nature Camp A (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
June 8 - June 11, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Waterbugs Nature Camp A (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
June 8 - June 12, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Waterbugs Nature Camp A (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
June 15 - June 19, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Waterbugs Nature Camp A (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
June 15 - June 19, 2015   1:00 - 3:30 PM
» Frogs Nature Camp A (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
June 15 - June 19, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Frogs Nature Camp A (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
June 15 - June 19, 2015   1:00 - 3:30 AM
» FLOAT I Nature Camp (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
June 23 - June 24, 2015   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
» FLOAT V Nature Camp, June 25 - July 1
June 25 - July 1, 2015   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
» Lost Ladybug Project
June 27 - June 27, 2015   2:00 - 3:30 PM
» Waterbugs Nature Camp B (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
July 6 - July 10, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Polliwogs Nature Camp B (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
July 6 - July 9, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Naturalist Lunchbox
July 10 - July 10, 2015   12:00 - 1:00 PM
» Canoe and Fossil Hunt
July 11 - July 11, 2015   7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
» Frogs Nature Camp B (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
July 13 - July 17, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Waterbugs Nature Camp B (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
July 13 - July 17, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Frogs Nature Camp B (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
July 20 - July 24, 2015   9:00 - 11:30 AM
» Naturalist Lunchbox
July 24 - July 24, 2015   12:00 - 1:00 PM
» FLOAT I Nature Camp (9:00-3:30 p.m.)
July 27 - July 28, 2015   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
» FLOAT II Nature Camp (July 30, 9:00 a.m.-July 31, 9:00 a.m.)
July 30 - July 31, 2015   9:00 - 9:01 AM
» FLOAT III Nature Camp (Aug. 3, 9:00 a.m.-Aug. 4, 4:00 p.m.
August 3 - August 4, 2015   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
» FLOAT IV Nature Camp (Aug. 5, 9:00 a.m. - Aug. 7, 3:00 p.m.)
August 5 - August 7, 2015   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
» Adult/Child Canoe trip
August 15 - August 15, 2015   9:00 AM - 3:59 PM
» Family Geode Hunting Excursion
August 22 - August 23, 2015   6:45 AM - 6:45 PM
» Adult Geode Hunting Excursion
September 19 - September 20, 2015   6:45 AM - 6:45 PM
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McFarland Park is a 200-acre area that offers visitors a variety of ecotypes to explore including tallgrass prairie, woodland, and stream habitats.

Location

56461 180th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010


Features

  • Story County Conservation Center: Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  The offices of the administrative and environmental education staff are housed at this building, and the multipurpose room is available for rent for social gatherings and meetings. Educational displays throughout the year fill the center. A cedar deck is adjacent to the building for picnics and public use.
  • Adams Observatory: Supervised by the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers (AAAA); available to the public through astronomy programs offered by AAAA. Please see http://amesastronomers.com for current program information.
  • Touch-a-Life Trail: Hard-surfaced trail through various plant communities including prairie, woodlands, and ponds; handicapped access to fishing dock, deck overlooking the lake, and handicapped accessible picnic sites.
  • Picnic areas with grills: Some sites are handicap accessible
  • Supervised youth camping sites: The fee is $20.00 per night; reservations required by calling 515-232-2516. Campsites are closed November 1-March 31.
  • Hiking and Off-road Biking: The park's 5.5 miles of trails are open to hiking and off-road biking, but interior trails with stairs are closed to bicyclists. Please obey all signs. Equestrians are not allowed in the park; horseback riding is allowed on the trails at Peterson Park and along the greenbelt.
  • 6.5-acre Lake: The lake is stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish.
  • Winter activities: Ice fishing and cross-country skiing.


Operating Hours & Seasons

Park Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
Story County Conservation Center: Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Closures

This area is open year round.



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