Guided Snowshoe Hikes & Guided Night Hikes Planned for January 26th! 

The outdoor fun doesn't stop just because winter weather has arrived! Winter is the perfect time to head outdoors and even learn a new skill! Join us for some fun programming perfect for everyone on Saturday, January 26th!

Family & Adult Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Join us at the park as we share with you all the skills and tricks you need to plan your own snowshoe adventure! We start in the classroom with a demonstration and hands-on learning then, if weather allows, we had outdoors for some practice in the hills. If Mother Nature doesn't cooperate we still head out on a guided winter hike with a discussion of snowshoeing so this event will be a great time no matter how much snow we have.

This year we are offering sessions of this popular program for both our adult learners and our young friends! This program is free with park admission & free will donations are accepted. Snowshoes are provided and space is limited so pre-registration is required to attend. 


Family Guided Snowshoe Hike: 1:00 p.m.
For families with children age 5 to 11

Guided Snowshoe Hike: 3:00 p.m.
For ages 12 & over

And don't forget! Once you've learned the snowshoe basics from our Naturalists, brand new Redfeather snowshoes are available in the Loess Hills Lodge for rent (see below for prices and availability).  The Redfeather snowshoes are a fantastic upgrade to our snowshoe collection courtesy of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation (PCF) and everyone who joined the PCF in 2018. Thank you!

Family & Adult Guided Night Hikes
Hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center to see a whole new side of the park! Night hikes are the perfect way to learn about the "dark" side of nature and a unique way to stay active during the winter months . Join us in January and learn more about the moon, its phases & its magnetic impact on our planet & lives. 

We are offering two sessions of our  guided hike, the first for families with youngsters & the second for adults - there's something for everyone! This program is free with park admission, and free - will donations are accepted and appreciated . Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 

Family Guided Night Hike: 5:30 p.m.
For families with children age 16 & Under

Adult Guided Night Hike: 7:00 p.m.
For ages 17 & over
Rent Snowshoes at HNC
Give snowshoeing a try at Hitchcock Nature Center this winter! Snowshoes are available for guest rental throughout the season when conditions allow.

Snowshoes may be rented at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular hours of operation: 
Friday-Saturday             9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday                         1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Snowshoes may be rented by the day for $6.00 per pair or for the entire weekend for $10.00 per pair.
  • Snowshoes rented for the day must be returned BEFORE close of business & may not leave the park during the rental period
  • Snowshoes rented for the weekend must be returned BEFORE close of business on Sunday & may be taken off the park property during the rental period
  • You must be 18 or have a parent/guardian present to rent snowshoes

Snowshoes require a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of snow for use. Staff at the park will not rent snowshoes if there is less than 4 inches of snow on the ground. If you would like to check snowshoe availability or have additional questions give us a call at 712-545-3283.
Don't Forget to Purchase or Renew Your Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation Membership in 2019!
Our brand new membership program turned one on January 1st! It's been a great year and we can't wait to continue growing our membership & offering new & exciting experiences for our members. Don't forget to check your membership expiration date and renew! 

You can stop in at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular hours to renew your membership, purchase a renewal at any of our parks or you can use the button below to purchase your renewal online in minutes!

Here's to another great year with the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation!
Upcoming Programs

Family Guided Snowshoe Hike
1:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Families with children age 5 to 11 are invited to strap on some snowshoes & discover your own winter wonderland during the Family Snowshoe Hike. Read More ...

Guided Snowshoe Hike
3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Participants ages 11 & up are invited to join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff on a snowshoeing adventure through the beautiful Loess Hills.  Read More ...

Family Guided Night Hike
5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Bring your family to the park and head outdoors on this guided night hike to see a whole new side of Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...

Adult Guided Night Hike
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Learn more about the stage of the moon on this guided night hike designed for adult participants.  Read More ...


Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Pottawattamie County Conservation
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