January, 2020
A New Look for Pottawattamie County Conservation
Regular followers of our e-newsletter may notice a different look to our first publication of 2020. A new logo & a new name will help us start the new year with a bang!

This new logo gives Pottawattamie Conservation a fresh look as we move into the new decade.  

Our new, refreshed look trades the county seal for a logo that incorporates aspects of our mission in a new way. The oak leaf is not just a part of our landscape but a symbol of Iowa's history & heritage, we have created our leaf to incorporate earth, water, & fire to embody our commitment to land stewardship & conservation. 
Guided Snowshoe Hike Registration Now Open
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland! Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th or Saturday, February 8th.
During this workshop participants will learn skills and techniques needed to enjoy their own snowshoe adventure in an indoor presentation and demonstration before getting the chance at some hands on practice on their own snowshoe hike in the great outdoors. Following our outdoor practice participants may enjoy a cup of cocoa to warm up & then are welcome to continue their practice outside if they wish. All snowshoes must be returned to the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Deck by 4:45 for check in.
PLEASE NOTE: Snowshoeing requires a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of snow. If there is not enough snow for snowshoes event participants will still view live demonstrations of snowshoe techniques before heading out on a guided winter hike that will discuss snowshoe techniques that would be effective in Loess Hills terrain.
This workshop is designed for participants age 5 & over only please. Strollers, baby slings, & carriers are not permitted for safety reasons.
Cost for this event is $5.00 per person & includes admission to the park, snowshoe rental, program instruction, & refreshments. Pre-registration is required as space is limited, please visit to register for either our January 25th or February 8th hikes. 

For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.
Become a Welcome Desk Volunteer at Hitchcock Nature Center
Looking to make a difference in 2020? Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center as a welcome desk volunteer! 

Use your enthusiasm for nature as you greet and assist visitors, answer phones, ring up gift shop purchases, sell memberships, & assist the Loess Hills Lodge staff with occasional projects. Welcome desk volunteers also have the opportunity to assist our Environmental Education Department with amazing public programs like Monarch Tagging, Maple Tree Tapping, & much more! 

Weekday & weekend daytime hours are available & volunteers are welcome to schedule regular shifts or volunteer for individual shifts as their schedule allows.

This position is open to anyone 18 & over with enthusiasm & an outgoing personality looking for an office with a view. 
Upcoming Programs

New Year Night Hike
5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Hit the trails with our naturalist & see what winter holds during this interpretive hike then join us for cookies & cocoa to warm up after your adventure.  Read More...

Guided Snowshoe Hike
2:00 p.m. 
Saturday, January 25th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
trap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center.  Read More ...

Homeschool in the Hills: Project FeederWatch
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Morning Session
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session
Tuesday, February 4th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for a series of field trips designed to focus on the world of citizen science.  Read More ...

Guided Snowshoe Hike
2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 8th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Guided Snowshoe Hike at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...

Sweethearts Sunset Snowshoe Stroll
5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Enjoy an introduction to snowshoeing then head outdoors to enjoy a snowy walk through the hills to watch the sunset. Read More ...

Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Pottawattamie County Conservation
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