Introduction to Land Management October Session

Hitchcock Nature Center, Pottawattamie County

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Join us on October 27th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for this session of Introduction to Land Management. Please use the registration link to your right to register for this event. To register for additional months or the full 6 session program at a discounted rate please return to our program list. 

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine.

This six-class series is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting. The series will provide extensive hands-on experiences facilitated by natural resource professionals in the ares of invasive and noxious weed control, brush management, timber stand improvement, seed harvesting, and the application of prescribed fire. Students will gain holistic and working knowledge of the tools and philosophies employed by the regional leaders at Pottwattamie County Conservation to mange county- and privately-owned lands including the safe operation of power tools (e.g. chainsaws and brush cutters), responsible herbicide application, working with the timing and rhythms of the land, prescribed fire ecology and theory, and the Natural Areas Management Program's "Guiding Principals".

Upon completion the ILM series will provide attendees a responsible framework in which they will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the needs of a degraded or healthy natural area
  • Employ specific and targeted management practices on a micro and macro scale
  • Improve wildlife habitat and timber quality
  • Encourage the return/increase of game species
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Reduce erosion
  • Improve water quality
  • Connect with natural resource professionals with over 40-years of combined experience

The series is intended for people of all experience levels; those with little or no experience should feel encouraged to attend. Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain.  Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Series dates:

  1. May 26th
  2. June 23rd
  3. July 28th
  4. August 25th
  5. September 22nd
  6. October 27th

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required. Please register online, call 712-545-3283 for more information.

College students can receive a discounted student rate for the series; please call 712-545-3283 for details or email Student ID is required.

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Introduction to Land Management October Session


Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Jeff Franco
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Adults - $15.00