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Conservation Center
County Buildings
Location: 56461 180th Street
Ames, IA 50010
Amenities: Bicycling, Canoeing, Conference Rooms, Cross Country Skiing, Free Parking, Gazebo, Hiking, Kayaking, Off-road Bicycling, Pets Allowed, Picnic Tables, Pond and River Fishing, and Public Restrooms
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Contact Phone: 515-232-2516

The offices of the administrative and environmental education staff are housed at this building.  The multipurpose room is available for rent for social gatherings and meetings. Educational displays throughout the year fill the center. A cedar deck is adjacent to the building for picnics and public use.


Current and Upcoming Events For This Facility

Date Event Title
Meet and greet at 7pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm.
Ames Area Amateur Astronomers - The Peppercorn Model
The AAAA host monthly educational programs for the public on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except December, starting at 7:00 PM. We congregate at 7 PM for a Meet and Greet with the meeting starting at 7:30. All programs will be held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park unless noted otherwise in the program for that month. Afterwards, weather and sunset permitting, we will move to the club's Observatory located just East of the Story County Conservation Center for astronomical observing. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for your viewing pleasure.
Story County Trails Advisory Committee Meeting
If you enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding, or canoeing in Story County, consider joining the Story County Trails Advisory Committee. Come share your ideas or perhaps volunteer to improve SCC's trail system. Monthly meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the conservation center.
Story County Conservation Partners Meeting
Story County Conservation Partners are community members who want to help Story County Conservation achieve its mission of enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of the county. Since its establishment in 1996, Partners has raised over $210,000 to help support the quarterly newsletter, sponsor annual spring and fall festivals, and assist with many other programs and projects.
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors): Footnotes in Ames History
O.W.L.S. programs are designed for "boomers" or older, but anyone can attend. No registration is required unless you would like to attend the optional luncheon that follows the program for just $7.50. If you would rather not register online, call our office at 515.232.2516.

This slide program is an overview of early Ames history that weaves in stories about interesting individuals, colorful events, and architectural landmarks.
Menu: carved turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, dinner roll, pumpkin pie.
(Register and pay for lunch by November 3)

Story County Conservation Board Meeting
The Story County Conservation Board invites the public to attend its monthly board meeting. Board agendas will be available at the Friday prior to the meeting.