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The mission of Story County Conservation (SCC) is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Story County:
  • Educating citizens to be wise caretakers of our natural environment
  • Providing recreational opportunities
  • Wisely managing our natural resources

SCC manages over 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation and takes an active role in developing and managing wildlife habitat throughout the county, including assistance to private landowners. SCC also oversees the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program.

Rules & Regulations


A heads-up for those using the trails this winter:
The City of Cambridge is putting new sewer under the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail and the work will begin Monday. The section closed will start just east of Water Street and go to the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks. They are going to tear up quite a bit of space (it’s a big trench) so you will likely not be able to get across the trail for awhile. This weekend would be a good time to enjoy the trail before the work begins, especially with the slightly warmer temperatures!

In an effort to reduce the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) and protect our natural resources, the Story County Conservation Board prohibits the importation of firewood from outside the county into Story County Conservation parks and natural areas. To learn more about EAB and SCCB's firewood resolution,
click here.


Story County Conservation is a proud partner of the Plant. Grow. Fly. initiative through the Blank Park Zoo.
To learn more about our involvement with this project, 
click here.

Story County Conservation Center
56461 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010

Ph: (515) 232-2516
Fax: (515) 232-6989

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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