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Conservation Events

  1. Story County Step Out Into Summer

    May 28, 2021, 5:00 AM - July 5, 2021, 10:30 PM @ Various county parks

    We’ve created an online family challenge that will take you from your home and into your county parks, and it kicks off May 28! Summer is almost here and we want to encourage you to get outside and explore, have some fun, and gain points while doing it! Here’s how to play: 1. Download the GooseChase app (it’s free!) 2. Create your team name 3. Search for Story County Step Out into Summer 4. Start earning points by completing missions to win a $50 gift certificate to JAX Sporting Goods! Sign-up starts May 15, and the challenge begins May 28. New missions will be posted each Friday. your team will have until July 5 to complete as many missions as you can.

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  2. Waterbugs: Wild Water Camp

    June 14, 2021, 9:00 AM - June 18, 2021, 11:30 AM @ McFarland Park

    Explore the wild, muddy, squishy world of water. Campers will learn how water connects us all as they discover Story County ponds, wetlands, streams, and rivers through hands-on activities, art, stories, games, and journaling. This camp runs Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18. Camp will begin at 9:00 am and end at 11:30 am daily. This camp is only for children that are completing 1st or 2nd grade in the spring of 2021. **We will actively explore the outdoors. Expect that your child may be dirty or wet when you pick them up (including Monday)** Registration will begin May 3rd at 6 pm, and end on May 28th at 9 am. Please sign up for only one of the Waterbugs: Wild Water Camps.

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  3. Frogs: Habicamp

    June 14, 2021, 1:00 PM - June 18, 2021, 3:30 PM @ McFarland Park

    Discover what makes a habitat through exploration, games, and song. Campers connect to the world around them by investigating the five basic needs of all living things. Please bring water and a snack, and dress for the weather. Masks are recommended. This camp runs Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18. Camp will begin at 1:00 pm and end at 3:30 pm daily. This camp is only for children that are completing kindergarten in the spring of 2021. Registration begins May 3rd at 6 pm and runs until May 28th at 9 am. Confirmation letter will be sent upon registration with additional information.

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  4. Story County Conservation Board Meeting

    June 14, 2021, 5:30 PM @ Board Meetings will now be held in person at the Story County Conservation Center (56461 180th St., Ames IA) with an option to tune in via Zoom.

    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.

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  5. Stand Up Paddle Boarding for Beginners

    June 14, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Peterson Park West

    Stand up paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Come and learn about different boards and have fun trying your skills out on the water. Paddle boarding can provide an amazing full-body workout that addresses your core, cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility, all with the fluidity of a paddle sport. Get out on the water and enjoy nature! This program is for ages 18 and above. Bring a towel, water bottle, and life jacket if you have one.

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