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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
3/5/2018 - 3/23/2018
Submit your photos at the conservation center during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm) between March 5 and March 23.
Photo Contest Submission Period
Do you enjoy taking pictures in Story County parks? Story County Conservation sponsors an annual photo contest to encourage the public to visit and photograph the beauty and recreational activities in SCC parks and natural areas. Categories include landscape, flora and fungi, fauna, and connecting people and recreation.
Contest photos may be submitted March 5 - 23 at the conservation center; each photographer may submit up to three entries. Youth entries (18 years or younger) will be judged separately. Prizes will be awarded at the Spring Festival at McFarland Park on May 6! Photos from last year’s contest can be found on our Facebook page.
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors): Aldo Leopold and the Roots of the Land Ethic
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 program uses photos and quotes from Aldo's childhood and early career to study the influences of his youthful discoveries. We take a look at the Leopold Compound and some of his favorite places to learn more about the reflections he used in later writings and the development of the “Land Ethic”. Presentation by Steve Brower.
Menu: Chicken marsala with red potatoes or chicken parmesan with spaghetti, salad, dinner roll, cheescake.
(Register and pay for lunch by March 30)

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.
Meet and greet at 7pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm.
Ames Area Amateur Astronomers - Solar System in 3D
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.

Vern Naffler will provide a look at the Solar System in 3-D using anaglyphic 3-D glasses. Vern is from a neighboring Astronomy Club, The Des Moines Astronomical Society.

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.