Spots still remain in Nature Camps for Kids


Are you looking for summer activities for your child? Spots are remaining in several of Story County Conservation’s summer nature camps!


Frogs Camp – for children completing kindergarten by spring 2018


• Camp A: June 18-22, 1–3:30 p.m.


Children 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.


• Camp B: July 23–27, 9–11:30 a.m.


Every day at Frogs camps is an adventure as children examine the natural world around them.


Waterbugs Camp – for children completing grades one or two by spring 2018


• Camp A: June 18-22, 9:00-11:30 a.m.


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.


• Camp B: July 23–27, 9–11:30 a.m.


Children will go on expeditions to find nature’s wonders right here in Story County.


Water Rocks! – for children completing grades five or six by spring 2018


Friday, July 27, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Sign your child up for a fun-filled day of outdoor exploration, games and activities. Campers will learn about biodiversity, watersheds, wetlands, soil and so much more through scientific investigation, music, art and other interactive activities! Co-sponsored by Water Rocks, Iowa State Extension.


Story County Trails Advisory Committee meeting


The Story County Trails Advisory Committee invites the public to attend its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 31, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames.


If you enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding or canoeing in Story County, you are invited to attend the meeting. Come to share your ideas or consider volunteering your time to improve Story County Conservation’s many trail systems.


Explore McFarland Park at night


Discover the mysteries of the dark at the park! Follow Naturalist Heather Hucka on a journey to understand just what it takes to be a creature of the night on Friday, June 8, at 8:45 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames.


This hike is not intended to be scary, but to excite your imagination! Test your senses and practice talking with the owls. Capture this unique opportunity to see McFarland Park through lightless eyes. This is a family-friendly event; however, it is not intended for strollers. If you wish to bring a flashlight, please cover it with red tissue paper. The hike will start at the conservation center, and participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.


The event is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).


Explore Your Outdoors: Birds


Nature Program Offered for Children Ages 5 & Up


Children can explore the world of birds on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m.-noon at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames. Through hands-on inquiry learning, participants will identify common birds by sight and sound, understand bird behaviors and explore different bird habitats.


This program is for children age 5 and up, plus their adult. Binoculars and identification books will be provided. This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).


For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday), email us at conservation@storycountyiowa.gov or visit www.storycountyconservation.org.