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Conservation Center
County Buildings
Location: 56461 180th Street
Ames, IA 50010
Amenities: Bicycling, Camping, Conference Rooms, Cross Country Skiing, Free Parking, Gazebo, 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.

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Current and Upcoming Events For This Facility

Date Event Title
6/29/2017
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 7:30 p.m. at the conservation center.
*Note: Meeting times have been changed to 7pm, rather than 7:30pm as was previously advertised.
7/6/2017
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.
7/17/2017
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 www.storycountyconservation.org the Friday prior to the meeting.
8/3/2017
8 parts to this course
Master River Stewards Program - part 8 of 8
Get certified as a Master River Steward!
Iowa River Revival’s Master River Stewards Program is an eight part comprehensive course co-sponsored by Prairie Rivers of Iowa that focuses on riverine systems, including skills to paddle and navigate rivers, restoring aquatic habitat, improving water quality, and understanding policies related to floodplains, river protection, and restoration.
To become a Master River Steward you need to:
- have an interest in river conservation and environmental issues and concerns
- complete all 8 sessions, including small homework assignments
- provide at least 32 hours of volunteer efforts after the training, usually done as a watershed group with other MRSP participants
- have a willingness to learn and share ideas with others

Class schedule is as follows:
5/11, 5:30-9:30pm
5/18, 5:30-9:30pm
5/20, 10am - 4pm
5/25, 5:30-9:30pm
6/1, 5:30-9:30pm
6/8, 5:30-9:30pm
6/15, 5:30-9:30pm
8/3, 5:30-7:30pm

8/14/2017
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 www.storycountyconservation.org the Friday prior to the meeting.