Conservator
April, 2021
Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation
Member Appreciation Event
Join the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation as we celebrate Earth Day weekend at Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, & Hitchcock Nature Center! Stop by April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn what a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation can do for you & for our natural areas. Visit with staff to get the details, pick up a free packet of Monarch Flyway seed mix (while supplies last) & enter to win some terrific prizes.

Make it a full day of fun & hit the trails, visit the playground, or enjoy a picnic as you enjoy the great outdoors.

Pre-registration is not required for this event, just stop by! This event is open to current members, future members, & non-members! For questions not answered online please call 712-328-5638.

Participants must purchase a $5.00 per vehicle daily pass at Hitchcock Nature Center or a $3.00 per vehicle daily pass at Arrowhead Park or Botna Bend Park with exact change or check at the front gate paybox, or have a valid Pottawattamie Conservation Membership to enter the park.

Weather permitting, seed packets available while supplies last. 
2021 Summer Nature Camps are Filling Fast
Register Online Today!

´╗┐Space is filling fast in our 2021 summer nature camps & you don't want to miss out on all of the fun!

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!
Support the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation During Do Good Week
´╗┐April 19th - 24th
Join the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation for SHARE Omaha's #DoGoodWeek, April 19-24th, presented by First National Bank of Omaha!

What if Omaha gave together for more than one day? What if our gifts from across the metro and Southwest Iowa grew to include dollars... and more? What if we thought about all the different ways we can Do Good, for a whole week?

Introducing Do Good Week, April 19-24, 2021 - Five days dedicated to meeting a wider variety of needs in our community, followed by a day of celebration. Each day of the week follows a theme & gives our supporters a chance to get to know PCF & find new ways of supporting us & other nonprofits in the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro Area.

April 19: Mission Monday
+Discover local missions and needs

April 20: New Donor Tuesday
+Give to an organization for the first time

April 21: Wish List Wednesday
+Buy the items nonprofits need

April 22: Volun-Thursday
+Make a new volunteer commitment

April 23: Fund It Friday
+Give to causes that matter to you

April 24: Celebration Saturday
+Time to party and celebrate your generosity!

All you have to do to show your support is visit the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation page at www.shareomaha.com.
Loess Hills Lodge Hours of Operation
Beginning April 1st, 2021
Best Wishes to Kate Simmons

Pottawattamie Conservation would like to send best wishes to a departing teammate.

Kate has served as Community Relations Coordinator for Pottawattamie Conservation for the last 8 years & during that time has been a valuable team member. Most regular visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center will recognize her from the welcome desk & if you follow our social media accounts, read our weekly blog & monthly newsletters, or visit our website you've encountered her important work.

We wish her well on her future adventures & thank her for all her hard work for Pottawattamie Conservation.
Thank You Volunteers!
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month & our amazing Pottawattamie Conservation volunteers are a huge part of our successes. From trail maintenance to office assistance our volunteers do it all.

In a normal year these volunteers are invaluable but during the upheaval of 2020 & the COVID-19 pandemic these volunteers took on even more risk as they worked to support Pottawattamie Conservation & the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

We would like to send our humble thanks to these generous, dedicated, & loyal individuals for all of their hard work.
Upcoming Programs
Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Daily
April 3rd - 12th
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
April 3rd - 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 ...
Hikin' With a Nature Nerd
6:00 p.m.
April 7th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series. Read More ...
Flood Plain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy
7:00 p.m.
April 8th
Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs
The Missouri River is one of the most important waterways in North America. Learn more about its importance during our 2021 Speaker Series. Read More ...
Wildflower Identification: A Land Ethic Workshop
9:00 a.m.
April 10th
Online Event
Get to know early spring wildflowers & explore the philosophy of Aldo Leopold during this online program. Read More ...
Gardening for Diversity: A Hands-On Workshop
7:00 p.m.
April 12th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Learn more about designing & maintaining diverse native plantings in this hands-on program. Read More ...
Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project
7:00 p.m.
April 20th
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 ...
Litter Busters
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
April 24th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Celebrate Earth Day & give a little back to Hitchcock Nature Center with this all ages volunteer event. Read More ...
Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Member Appreciation Event
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
April 24th
Arrowhead Park, Neola
Botna Bend Park, Hancock
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Learn what a membership to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation can do for you & for our natural areas. Read More ...
Witchy Woods Walk: Springtime Edition
12:00 p.m.
April 24th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Enjoy a guided hike through the Loess Hills & discover the importance of our native landscape in the seasonal folklore and folk magic associated with spring. Read More ...
Gardening for Diversity: A Hands-On Workshop
7:00 p.m.
April 26th
Narrows River Park, Council Bluffs
Learn more about designing & maintaining diverse native plantings in this hands-on program. Read More ...
Hikin' With a Nature Nerd
6:00 p.m.
April 27th
Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area, Carson
Explore the unexplored corners of your county parks during this unique guided hike series. Read More ...
Little Tike Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Daily
May 1st - 10th
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
May 1st - 31st
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 ...
Homeschool in the Hills: Fungi
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
May 4th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Learn more about the ways fungi species help balance & renew our environment during this special, homeschool field trip. Read More ...
Homeschool in the Hills: Fungi
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
May 5th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Learn more about the ways fungi species help balance & renew our environment during this special, homeschool field trip. Read More ...