A Land Ethic Workshop - 10 Session Season

Hitchcock Nature Center, Pottawattamie County

Saturday, May 9, 2020

ATTENTION: In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the first & second programs in this event series:

"The Geese Return" originally scheduled for March 21st

"Woodland Wildflowers" originally scheduled for April 11th

We plan to move both events to a later date. We will update all registered attendees & the general public as soon as we have these programs rescheduled.

For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.



Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for our 2020 programming series, "A Land Ethic Workshop". Join instructor Ron Cisar as we celebrate the life & legacy of famous naturalist & philosopher Aldo Leopold through a series of monthly programs. Each monthly program will feature a different work of Leopolds coupled with nature exploration & learning. 

Each month participants will explore a new work by Leopold coupled with hands on activities such as:

  • Guided hikes
  • Aquatic studies
  • Plant & animal identification skills
  • Nature journaling & writing techniques
  • Nature photography
  • Guest lectures
  • And Much More!!

These programs are intended for participants age 14 & over with an interest in the natural world, no experience or prior knowledge is required to participate. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.

Participants may register for the entire 10 month programming series at the discounted rate of $75.00 per person. Participants may also choose to register for individual sessions at a cost of $15.00 per person per session. To register for individual sessions please return to the program listing & select you session of interest.  *Participants do not need to attend every session to enjoy this programming series.

A Land Ethic Workshop programs are held at Hitchcock Nature Center, from 9:00 a.m. to noon once a month. 

Saturday, March 21st - The Geese Return
Saturday, April 11th - Woodland Wildflower
Saturday, May 9th - Morels, Lichens, & Fungi
Sunday, June 7th - Freshwater Ecosystems & Invasive Species
Saturday, July 11th - Prairie vs. Woodland
Saturday, August 15th - Monarch Migration
Saturday, September 12th - Ornithology 101
Saturday, October 10th - The Science of Fall
Saturday, November 14th - Nature's Recyclers
Saturday, December 5th - Winter Bird Feeding & the Science of Snow

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. Portions of each session will occur outdoors, students should come prepared for the weather & the elements.

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the first day of the event by calling 712-545-3283 & speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 7 days in advance of the event will not be refunded. Program fees for events cancelled by Pottawattamie Conservation for any reason will be refunded.

Meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center.

This event is no pet friendly, service animals are always welcome. 


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: Human Resources Director, 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

To Register

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Limited amount of spaces are available. Please register soon!
Please call 712-545-3283 for more information


A Land Ethic Workshop - 10 Session Season


Saturday, May 9, 2020
9:00 AM


Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Michelle Biodrowski, Naturalist michelle.biodrowski@pottcounty-ia.gov
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Adults - $75.00