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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
O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors): The Art of Conservation - A Visit with Ding Darling
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.

The historical presentation by Tom Milligan brings to life the two-time Pullitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, creator of the "Duck Stamp" program, and founder of the National Wildlife Federation.
Menu: soup and salad bar, homemade bread, Oreo fluff.
(Register and pay for lunch by December 29)

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.
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.
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.