Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session

Hitchcock Nature Center, Pottawattamie County

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Experience nature in a new way as we combine nature, art, & exploration in our adult education series, "A Pottawattamie County Almanac", presented by Pottawattamie County Conservation & award winning instructor Ron Cisar.

Join us March 9th from ​9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center for a chance to explore this unique programming series. This free, introductory session will introduce participants to the curriculum and program structure of this inspired 10 month programming series.  

Modeled after the classic work, "A Sand County Almanac" by naturalist & Iowa native Aldo Leopold this program series aims to follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting. Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding & appreciation of the natural world around them & include guided hikes, aquatic studies, guest lectures, sketching, journaling and more.

This program is intended for people of all experience levels & all walks of life, no experience or prior knowledge is needed to participate. Participants should note that classes will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center & will at times require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain; some sessions may be physically challenging. Much of each session will occur outdoors, students should come prepared for the weather & the elements. 

Classes occur monthly, March through December, from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

  • Saturday, March 9th - Free Introductory Session
  • Saturday, March 23rd
  • Saturday, April 13th
  • Saturday, May 11th
  • Saturday, June 8th
  • Saturday, July 7th
  • Saturday, August 10th
  • Saturday, September 14th
  • Saturday, October 12th
  • Saturday, November 9th
  • Saturday, December 21st

Please see below under Related Items for a full 2019 program schedule for session topics & details.* Subject to change

There is no fee to attend this free, introductory programming session. The regular program series will kick off on March 23rdh and the cost for these programs are $15.00 per person per session, or attendees may register for the entire 10 program series at a discounted rate of $75.00. This program is being presented as part of our adult education program, participants must be 15 & over please. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Participants may cancel their reservation for a full weekend up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 & speaking with staff directly. Cancellations less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. Fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.

About Ron Cisar:
Ron is an Omaha native, UNO graduate (BS, MS), and assistant professor emeritus (ret. 2017 IWCC). Prior to partnering with PCC, Cisar taught science & biology in the OPS school district for 32 years and at Iowa Western Community College until 2017. He is nationally recognized as a singer-songwriter, & has spent time leading educational & research programs in national parks. He is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation, the Governors Award for Outstanding Science Teaching, the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teaching Award, Nebraska Conservation Educator of the Year Award, the Education Award from the Yellowstone Grizzly Foundation, & the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska-Omaha College of Education. 


The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs, & activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Mary Davis, Human Resources Director, 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

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Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session


Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:00 AM


Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Jeff Franco jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
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