June, 2021
Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation
New Online Membership Process
The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation (PCF) and Pottawattamie Conservation are always looking for new ways to better serve our guests and supporters. In keeping with that goal, we'd like to announce that we've recently made significant updates to our online membership process. We've updated and streamlined the membership registration process and now, membership provides more benefits to you, our supporters and members, than ever before! As a new or current member of PCF, you are now able to:

  • Create your own personalized account;
  • Add family members to your account;
  • Tailor your interests and communication;
  • Register for events with ease;
  • Streamline your facility reservations;
  • Renew your membership with just a few clicks;
  • And much more!

If you're a current member, look to the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner of our website where you can log in using your email address to create your account. New members will have the opportunity to create an account with your new membership. Go to, log in, and check out all the new features available to our incredible supporters today!
Summer Speaker Series With Biologist and World Traveler Suzanne Gucciardo
Our summer Speaker Series continues this Thursday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Bluffs Public Library as Suzanne Gucciardo recounts her incredible travels to the farthest reaches of our planet and the lessons she's learned about the natural world, the communities she's encountered, and what all of this means to us.

This program will be held in Meeting Room B at the Council Bluffs Public Library, located at 400 Willow Avenue in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This event is free, pre-registration is required to attend as space is limited; please register online. If space allows, walk-in participants will be admitted.

Kids Fishing Derby This Saturday

Join us this Saturday, June 5th at 1:00 p.m. for our annual Kids Fishing Derby at Arrowhead Park!

Bring the entire family to Arrowhead Park for an afternoon of outdoor fun at the lake. Since this event is held in conjunction with Iowa's FREE fishing weekend, a license is not required for Iowa residents. All other
IDNR fishing regulations apply. 

All experience levels are welcome and every child entered in the derby will receive a free gift and prizes are awarded in several categories. Children must be under 16 years of age to participate and registration is not required.

2021 Summer Nature Camps are Filling Fast
Register Online Today!
One last reminder that space is filling fast in our 2021 summer nature camps & you don't want to miss out on all of the fun! Some of our camps are completely full but a few others still have some openings for kiddos looking to get the most out of the outdoors this summer.

Check out our website for more information on our camps, we have something for everyone with camps for learners from Pre-K through 9th Grade.

A terrific summer adventure is waiting at your county parks!
Adventure Into the Wild
Students entering 7th through 9th grade are invited to explore nature & develop new skills during Into the Wild at Arrowhead Park & Botna Bend Park July 6th through 8th. This outdoor adventure program is designed to help students develop valuable outdoor skills & put them to the test on a guided canoe trip & overnight stay.

This outdoor adventure program is intended for older kids looking for an extra-strong dose of classic summer fun. During this program, kids will learn, hone, and put to use skills related to canoeing on lakes and sleepy rivers, packing and setting up camp, outdoor cooking, and sleeping under the stars in western Iowa. This is a three-day adventure unlike anything in our area and one your kids will NOT want to miss!

The Hitchcock Nature Center
´╗┐BioBlitz is June 12th!
We need YOU! Join us on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 a.m. to noon for a fun community science project. Participants of all ages will learn about our native plant & animal communities while contributing data to help us make informed decisions about how we manage the habitats at Hitchcock Nature Center. The 2021 BioBlitz is the planned and much needed follow-up to the first Hitchcock BioBlitz conducted in 2009.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. on June 12th participants of all ages will be able to visit informative stations to learn about the plant & animal species that call Hitchcock Nature Center home. Guests will be able to assist scientists from around the region by submitting their own BioBlitz data - staff will be on hand to help guide participants in recording data using the free iNaturalist application on their phone. Please note, participants must provide their own phone for use & be willing to download & make use of this free application to participate in data collection activities. 

The event is free with paid park admission or with a current PCF membership and no registration is required.

Come see what conservation science is all about and take advantage of your chance to help make a difference at Hitchcock Nature Center!
Mask Mandate Lifted For Pottawattamie County-Owned Buildings
As of May 18th, Pottawattamie County has lifted the requirement that masks be worn inside county-owned buildings. In-part, the lifting of this requirement is in response to encouraging reports of declining COVID-19 cases and the successful vaccination of many in our region.

For our guests, this means that wearing masks inside Hitchcock Nature Center's Loess Hills Lodge and other Pottawattamie Conservation buildings is no longer required for entry.

While this mandate has been lifted, masks and social distancing, among other precautions, are still encouraged, and Pottawattamie Conservation will continue to provide assistance with these precautions as needed.

Thanks to everyone for your support during these unusual and difficult times.
Welcome Jeremy Yost to the
´╗┐Pottawattamie Conservation Team!
We'd like to extend a special welcome to the newest member of the Pottawattamie Conservation team! Jeremy Yost recently joined Pottawattamie Conservation's Natural Areas Management program. Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous experiences in the field of conservation and will be making an immediate impact in the program. While most recently located in South Dakota, Jeremy is a native of Logan, Iowa and is looking forward to being back home managing the natural resources of the Loess Hills and Pottawattamie County. Welcome aboard Jeremy!
Upcoming Programs
Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Daily
June 5th - 14th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Young learners will experience nature first-hand during this self-guided hike full of fun at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...
Little Tike Hike at Botna Bend Park
6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Daily
June 5th - 30th
Botna Bend Park, Hancock
Young learners will experience nature first-hand during this self-guided hike full of fun at Botna Bend Park. Read More ...
Kids' Fishing Derby
1:00 p.m.
June 5th
Arrowhead Park, Neola
Bring the whole family out for fishing fun at Arrowhead Park during this free event. Read More ...
Guided Bird Hike with Nic Salick
8:00 a.m.
June 10th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Join us as we traverse the trails to find birds and work to learn identifying characteristics and tips for recognizing bird song.. Read More ...
Speaker Series: From Here To There with Suzanne Gucciardo
7:00 p.m.
June 10th
Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs
Our Summer Speaker Series Continues as Suzanne Gucciardo recounts the lessons she's received from traveling the world seeking to learn more about our connections to the natural world. Read More ...
Hitchcock Nature Center 2021 BioBlitz!
9:00 a.m. - Noon
June 12th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Take this incredible opportunity to assist researchers in this once-a-decade event while learning about conservation efforts at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...
June Hitchhike
June 15th
7:00 p.m.
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
The Hitchhike series is back for 2021! Enjoy our second hike of the season exploring Badger Ridge trail and some of the largest tracts of remnant prairie at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...
Freshwater Aquatic Studies: A Land Ethic Workshop
9:00 a.m.
June 19th
Online Event
Explore the philosophy of Aldo Leopold and life in the underwater worlds of freshwater ponds, lakes, and streams. Read More ...
Hikin' With a Nature Nerd
6:00 p.m.
June 22nd
Narrows River Park, Council Bluffs
Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series. Read More ...
Butterflies Through Binoculars
1:00 p.m.
June 26th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Come join us to learn about and see the beautiful butterflies that call Hitchcock Nature Center home. Bring your own binoculars or borrow one of ours! Read More ...
Hitchcock Oak Inventory Training
7:00 p.m.
June 29th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Join us for a one-of-a-kind volunteer inventory at Hitchcock Nature Center as we set out to better understand the health and viability of oak tree species in western Iowa. Read More ...