McFarland Park



Featured Events
»   Mountain Biking Clinic
August 9 - August 9, 2015   2:00 - 4:00 PM
»   Evening Exploration
August 21 - August 21, 2015   8:30 - 10:00 PM
»   Family Geode Hunting Excursion
August 22 - August 23, 2015   6:45 AM - 6:45 PM
»   Play with Clay
August 29 - August 29, 2015   2:00 - 3:30 PM
»   O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Heartland Senior Services
September 1 - September 1, 2015   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
»   Adult Geode Hunting Excursion
September 19 - September 20, 2015   6:45 AM - 6:45 PM
»   TEAM Day (Trail Enhancement and Management)
September 20, 2015    1:30 PM - 12:00 AM
»   O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors): Voyage to the Bottom of the World
October 6 - October 6, 2015   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
»   TEAM Day (Trail Enhancement and Management)
October 11, 2015    1:30 PM - 12:00 AM
»   Super Spiders
October 15 - October 15, 2015   6:30 - 7:30 PM
»   Wildtots "Fun in the Fall"
October 17 - October 17, 2015   10:00 - 11:30 AM
»   Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches
October 23 - October 23, 2015   7:30 - 9:00 PM
»   O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) - All About Bats
November 4 - November 4, 2015   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
»   O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) - Peregrine Falcons
December 1 - December 1, 2015   11:00 AM - 12:00 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.