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Conservation Events

  1. What's Blooming Now?

    July 1, 2020 - August 25, 2020

    Missing out on this year's Evening Prairie walks? Sign up to receive some information for self-led exploration! A flyer of what's blooming in Story County prairies will be sent out every 2-3 weeks based on the amount of new blooms to be found. We'll also include the park or trail where the blooms were seen so you have a place to get started, but there are MANY prairie areas across the county where you might be able to find these plants!

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  2. Captain BushTale's Treasure Hunt

    July 20, 2020, 5:00 AM - August 31, 2020, 10:30 PM @ Multiple Parks!

    Ahoy, Matey! Captain BushTale here, and I have a quest for you! Can you find my hiding crew? They are hiding at two different parks: McFarland Park (56461 180th Street, Ames) Christiansen Forest Preserve (55973 310th Street, Huxley) To find them you will need to download or print the maps I have made for you! I have left a trail of clues and riddles for you to find and follow to help lead you to my hiding crewmate. Can you guess what kind of animal they are before finding them? Let us know you found the hiding crewmate by posing for a photo, then post on Instagram or Facebook. Use #CaptainBushtale, and be sure you tag Story County Conservation! ~Captain BushTale Long pants and closed-toed shoes are recommended to participate in this activity as some of my clues might be off trail. The quest begins July 20 and will stay out through the end of August.

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  3. FLOAT II (Outdoor Skills & Overnight) CANCELED

    August 13, 2020, 9:00 AM - August 14, 2020, 9:00 AM @ McFarland Park

    CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 Fun-Loving Outdoor Adventure Team (FLOAT) II teaches a variety of outdoor skills. Campers build self-confidence in camping and canoeing and spend the night exploring McFarland Park. This is outdoor play in the best way! This overnight camp is for youth completing 5th or 6th grade in the spring of 2020. Camp begins on Thursday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Friday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m.

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