Head out to McFarland Lake to cure cabin fever during the holiday break! Join Environmental Education Coordinator Jerry Keys for Ice Fishing Fun on Monday, Dec. 30, from 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.), northeast of Ames.

This free program will teach about basic safety and equipment, plus techniques to catch a fish through the ice. Participants will meet inside the conservation center for instructions and then venture out to the lake to fish. A limited amount of fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

Registration is required by 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27. There is no fee for this program. Youth age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth groups planning to attend must have one adult for every five youth on site. All participants aged 16 and above must have a valid Iowa fishing license.

Participants should dress for the weather (waterproof boots preferred) and bring a camp stool or 5-gallon bucket to sit on. Participants are also encouraged to bring snacks and something warm to drink.

This program will be cancelled if ice conditions are not safe. Please watch our website (www.storycountyiowa.gov/conservation) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/storycountyconservation) for updates.

To register, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email conservation@storycounty.com.