Story County Conservation offers rental facilities at Dakins Lake, McFarland Park, and Hickory Grove Park. To schedule a reservation, contact the administrative office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) at (515)-232-2516 or by email.
The IRVM department has equipment available to assist with every aspect of native prairie establishment and management; from the back yard to the back forty. If you are interested in renting one of the following pieces of equipment, please contact the IRVM office at 515-382-7367.
40 free-loan casting rods and reels are available to use for a fishing field trip, teach casting, or practice for the Fish Iowa! casting contest. Contact the Environmental Education Coordinator for availability.
10 free-loan fly fishing rods and reels are available to use for a fishing field trip or to teach casting. Contact the Environmental Education Coordinator for availability.
Snowshoes may be checked out Monday-Friday at the Story County Conservation Center (56461 180th St., Ames) when there is at least 4 inches of snow on the ground. We have adult and youth sizes. Rent for half a day for $5. (Weekend rental is Friday to Monday for four half-day charges and must be returned by noon on Monday)
Power Driven Scooters
Two scooters were donated by the Ames Town and Country Kiwanis for use at McFarland Park (56461 180th St., Ames). Scooters can be checked out free of charge from 8:30am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.