2019 Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Get ready for a summer of fun at your county parks with our 2019 Summer Camps! 

Registration for our full line-up of preschool through 8th grade camps is now open. Space is limited so click the image below for more details on all of our camp offerings & online registration.



2019 Pottawattamie County Conservation Park Use Survey

As we kick off 2019 the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board is beginning an initiative to discover and define our image in the community. We will be looking at our current brand and gauging the community's awareness of our mission and services. 

As part of this self-evaluation process, the Leadership Council Bluffs Class 31 is helping to conduct a survey to better understand how the public at-large views Pottawattamie County Conservation. We are asking you to take five minutes and complete this online survey. The answers and feedback we receive will help guide how we engage and better serve the public. With your feedback, we will know how to better serve you while we will bring greater awareness of the resources we have in our conservation system here in Pottawattamie County. 

A Pottawattamie County Almanac - Free Introductory Session, March 9th
Experience nature in a new way as we combine nature, art, & exploration in our adult education series, "A Pottawattamie County Almanac", presented by Pottawattamie County Conservation & award winning instructor Ron Cisar.

Join us March 9th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center for a chance to explore this unique programming series. This free, introductory session will introduce participants to the curriculum and program structure of this inspired 10-month programming series.  

Modeled after the classic work, "A Sand County Almanac" by naturalist & Iowa native Aldo Leopold this program series aims to follow the natural rhythms and timings of Pottawattamie County's Midwestern setting. Activities will provide students with a deeper understanding & appreciation of the natural world around them through guided hikes, aquatic studies, guest lectures, sketching, journaling, and more.




The Plant Some Shade Residential tree program is a partnership initiative to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is administered by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation, Council Bluffs Trees Forever, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Forestry.

Through this partnership area residents are eligible to purchase up to two trees per household at a cost of $30.00 per tree. Residents may choose from a variety of trees including conifers, ornamentals, and shade trees. Advance purchase is required by April 19th & may be done by downloading the order form using the link below & returning to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation office at 223 S. 6th Street, Council Bluffs. Trees must be picked up April 27th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. at the Harrah's Casino parking lot.

For questions not answered online please call the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation at 712-328-5638.
Hitchcock Oak Inventory Project Training

The sprawling mighty oak tree remains a symbol of the American Midwest but a new, swift, and little understood disease has recently emerged in our area with the potential to eliminate these iconic trees from our landscape. Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center to be a part of a new volunteer project aimed at understanding and alleviating the effects of this new threat.

We will be hosting a series of three training sessions aimed at training those interested in joining this unique volunteer program. Each training will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates. 

Training Session 1 - Saturday, April 6th
Training Session 2 - Saturday, June 22nd
Training Session 3 - Saturday, September 21st

Training sessions will cover a variety of topics & include field training sessions to help volunteers practice their skills & become independent project volunteers. Topics covered will include the project & field data collection app, oak ecology, & oak fire wounds. Pre-registration is requested for these free events as space is limited.

Upcoming Programs

A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Free Introductory Session
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 9
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Join us for a free, introductory session designed to introduce participants to the curriculum and program structure of this inspired 10 month programming series.. Read More ...

Bird Banding Demonstration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 16
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...

O(lder) W(iser) L(earning) S(eniors): Vegetation Invasion
12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Area seniors are invited to bring their lunch and join us as we kick off our 2019 OWLS learning series with a presentation on invasive species and their impacts.  Read More ...

A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Loess Hills Overview
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23rd
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Experience nature in a new way as we combine nature, art, & exploration in our adult education series. Read More ...

Hunter Education Field Day
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30th
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for an IDNR certified Hunter Education Field Day course. This event is offered in partnership with Pottawattamie County Pheasants Forever.  Read More ...

Homeschool in the Hills: Meteorology
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Morning Session
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session
Tuesday, April 2
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Discover the fascinating world of weather and make some "shocking" discoveries as we head outdoors for some hands on learning and experimentation. Read More ...

Bird Banding Demonstration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. 
Saturday, April 6
Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center. Read More ...

Kate Simmons, Community Relations Coordinator
Pottawattamie County Conservation
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