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Aug 23 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Prairie Walk
Join Dr. Thomas Rosburg on monthly prairie walks at the largest prairie remnant in Story County. See rare and common prairie flora that changes each month and learn about the history and ecology of central Iowa prairies.
Programs Story Doolittle Prairie
Aug 26 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) Annual Release Party
Join Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) for an afternoon all about our feathered friends! Rehabilitated birds will be returned to the wild.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. - A Superior Time on the Superior Hiking Trail-Wandering, Wondering, and Wine
Join Chris Gleason, Judy Levings, and Nancy Franz as they relive a superlative hiking experience that is only one state away!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Sep 13 Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Master River Stewards Program Lab
This is a companion course to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Olli) River Stewardship Class.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Sep 14-15 Friday Wild Women of the Woods
The sixth annual Wild Women of the Woods event will take place September 14 - 15 at McFarland Park.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Sep 22 Saturday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Happy Hour Harvest
Help conservation staff collect prairie seed at Story County’s hidden gem, Doolittle Prairie. After collecting seed, we’ll gather at Alluvial Brewing Company to relax, mingle, and enjoy discounted pints!
Special Events Story Doolittle Prairie
Sep 27 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Prairie Seed Harvest
Help conservation staff collect prairie seed at Story County’s hidden gem, Doolittle Prairie. We’ll show you what to collect and provide information about the plants around you as you work.
Programs Story Doolittle Prairie
Sep 29 Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Trail Enhancement and Management (TEAM) Day - River Clean Up
This river clean up day will be a collaborative effort with the Outdoor Alliance of Story County. We will float from Soper's Mill to Sleepy Hollow and pick up trash along the way.
Programs Story Soper's Mill
Sep 29 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Forest Bathing
The forest is the therapist; the guide opens the door. Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest.
Programs Story Robison Wildlife Acres
Oct 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - SCC project update
Learn about the various ongoing and upcoming projects on Story County Conservation properties from Ryan Wiemold, Parks Superintendent.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 4 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Prairie Seed Harvest
Help conservation staff collect prairie seed at Story County’s hidden gem, Doolittle Prairie. We’ll show you what to collect and provide information about the plants around you as you work.
Programs Story Doolittle Prairie
Oct 6 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Trail Enhancement and Management (TEAM) Day - Bridge Construction
Be a part of our TEAM and help make improvements to our county trail systems. We will meet at Bear Creek and install planks and handrails on a new bridge.
Programs Story Bear Creek
Oct 7 Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Fall Festival
Welcome the cooler weather and enjoy a late afternoon at McFarland Park. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on while enjoying the upbeat R&B, soul, roots rock, and blues music by Ames’ own Vinyl Vagabonds.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Oct 13 Saturday 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM Conservation Conversations and Practice - Gully Erosion Edition
Join us for a conversation about conserving our soils and put that newly gained knowledge into practice by building a log-type erosion control structure that you can then replicate on your own land using materials you already have!
Programs Story Story County Conservation Center
Oct 18 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Paints
Bring your creativity and find out how easy, fun, and beautiful it is to make soil paint! You don’t have to be an artist to make art.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 26 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Stories and S'mores
Join naturalist Heather Hucka for an evening of nature-inspired stories and songs along with everyone’s favorite fire treat…S’MORES!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Explore your Outdoors: Camouflage!
Join Naturalist Jess Lancial as we discover and explore the amazing survival strategies of camouflage.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Nov 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Womens Hunter Education Course
Story County Conservation and Iowa DNR are teaming up to offer Iowa Hunter Education certification in a program designed for women ages 16 and up.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Nov 7 Wednesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Working Together - The Outdoor Alliance and Story County Conservation
Story County Conservation (SCC) has many collaborators in their efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, education and conservation. One of the more recent partners is the Outdoor Alliance of Story County(OASCO).
Programs Story McFarland Park
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