The Story County Conservation Center will be open to visitors on Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. These seasonal hours will begin April 6. Volunteers serve as center hosts, greeting and assisting visitors. The Story County Conservation Center is located at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames.

Bring your family out and enjoy McFarland Park. Hike or bike the numerous trails around the park, or go fishing on our 6.5 acre lake. Inside the center, visitors will enjoy animal mounts and an air-conditioned bird viewing area. Complimentary state and county brochures are available as well.

For more information, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email or visit or