Homeschool in the Hills: Monarch Migration - Morning Session

Hitchcock Nature Center, Pottawattamie County

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek for our final session in a series of field trips focusing on the world of citizen science.

Join us on Tuesday, September 1st & get involved with one of the most well known citizen science projects, MonarchWatch! Learn to identify monarch butterflies & safely capture, tag, & release them as they pass through our area on their way to Mexico during their annual migration. For more information on MonarchWatch please visit We will also take this opportunity to introduce you to the Hitchcock HawkWatch, an annual science project held at Hitchcock Nature Center. Learn more about migrating species of raptors & our intrepid team of volunteers that spend fall & early winter watching, counting, & reporting them.

Cost for this event is $3.00 per person for children age 3 & over, accompanying adults and children under 3 are free. Online pre-registration is required by Friday, August 28th as space is limited. Two sessions of this program are offered, this registration is for the morning session from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. To register for the afternoon session from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m please return to the program listing & select the afternoon session option. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283, registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Due to COVID-19 we have adjusted our format for this program. All activities have been moved outdoors, & up to two families at a time will rotate through our program stations keeping group numbers small.

* Morning session program stations will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., participants may arrive any time after 10:00 a.m. participants may arrive any time after 10:00 a.m. but must arrive no later than 11:00 a.m. to participate.

* Afternoon session program stations will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., participants may arrive any time after 1:00 p.m. but must arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. to participate.

Participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival & must sign a waiver before participating. Staff will be wearing masks during programming & masks are recommended for all participants as well. Pre-registration is required & walk-in participants will not be admitted.   

These programs are delivered in a flexible format with both guided and self guided units and are designed for elementary school students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Each program will begin with a set of hands-on learning activities to introduce learners to our topic for the day and then a field session to view nature first-hand.


Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to program date by calling 712-545-3283 & speaking with staff directly. Cancellations after 1 week (7 days) will not be refunded. Program fees for programs cancelled by PCC due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge. Weather Permitting.

2020 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation


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 or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resources Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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Homeschool in the Hills: Monarch Migration - Morning Session


Tuesday, September 1, 2020
10:00 AM


Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Rene Stroud, Naturalist
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Children - $3.00