Events

From concerts to conventions to festivals, the Council Bluffs area is home to a variety of year-round activities for all ages. Search by keyword or browse all listings below.

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April 24
6 PM to 8 PM
Money Smart Scout Night
Council Bluffs Public Library
It's Money Smart week and means it's time to learn all about money. Join the library for Money Smart Scout Night, where you will learn specific requirements for your badges relating to money. Meet experts in the world of money who have awesome tools to make you a coin collector, money manager, savvy shopper or even saving money. You will also have a chance to meet Benjamin Franklin and go home with a fun patch.

More Information | Contact: Marlys Lien | Phone: (712) 323-7553 x135 | Email: mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website

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April 1 - October 1
12 AM to 12 AM
Dodge's Presidential Ties
Historic General Dodge House
In following our theme of "Dodge's Presidential Ties," beautiful antique dresses will be on display showcasing the eras of the First Ladies that served the country during General Dodge's life.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
April 1 - 30
Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament
Thunderbowl
Youth bowling competitors from across the state of Iowa will be participating in the annual Iowa State USBC Youth Association Tournament four weekends in April (1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th).

More Information: Contact: Iowa State USBC Youth Association | Website
April 24
6 PM to 8 PM
Money Smart Scout Night
Council Bluffs Public Library
It's Money Smart week and means it's time to learn all about money. Join the library for Money Smart Scout Night, where you will learn specific requirements for your badges relating to money. Meet experts in the world of money who have awesome tools to make you a coin collector, money manager, savvy shopper or even saving money. You will also have a chance to meet Benjamin Franklin and go home with a fun patch.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
April 25
10 AM to 11 AM
Money Smart AARP Teleconference
Council Bluffs Public Library
Don’t be fooled by imposter scams. AARP is hosting a statewide teletown hall call with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller about imposter scams including the "grandparent" and "IRS" scams.  Imposter scams have surpassed identity theft scams as a bigger threat to consumers according to the Federal Trade Commission.  Learn to identity the warning signs and how to protect yourself, your friends and your family from being a victim of these and other consumer scams.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
April 27 - 30
Midwest 8 Ball Championship
Mid-America Center
Thrill as pool players from the Midwest vie to reach the final table.

More Information: Contact: Midwest Tournament Association | Website
April 29
8 AM to 12 PM
The Naturalist School Spring Field Season: Session #5
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the fifth session of the 2017 spring field season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #5 will be held Saturday April 29th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally sessions may begin at 7:30 a.m. due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will received communication confirming session start time and location prior to each session.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field sessions are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

2017 Spring Field Season Dates:
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th

Spring topics include woodland ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs and toads, migratory birds and early residents, woodland and early prairie flowers, woody plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, and other taxa and topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual workshop or participants may register for the entire 7 week field season for a discounted admission rate of $85.00 per person. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 29
8 AM to 12 PM
Volunteer Field Day
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join Pottawattamie County Conservation staff as we hit the trails at Hitchcock Nature Center for a day of volunteer service. Get ready to make a difference!

Join us from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 29th as we support the land stewardship efforts of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Natural Areas Management department. This event will consist of a training session in the morning and then our volunteers and staff will head out into the park to do active restoration in a section of Hitchcock Nature Center. Staff will provide tools but feel free to bring bow saws or loppers if you have them. Please bring gloves, water & dress for the weather.

To ensure that we have proper staffing & supplies we are asking for you to register in advance for this event. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 to register by phone. For groups of 10 or more please call and register over the phone so we know you are coming.

All ages are welcome to attend this inclusive event but we will be traversing rough terrain and hiking is required. This event is perfect for families, civic groups, office service projects, & individuals looking for a way to get involved.

There is no fee for this event and participants DO NOT need to pay the $2.00 per vehicle daily fee or have an annual park permit. We appreciate your support!

This all ages event is human friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 29
9 AM to 2 PM
Unique Gift Galore Spring Bazaar
The Center
The bazaar is free and open to the public featuring lots of unique Mother's Day gifts. Interested in being a vendor? Simply use the contact information provided.

More Information: Contact: Barb | (712) 323-5995 x226
April 29
10 AM to 2 PM
2017 Anti-Gravity Games
Kanesville Arena - Iowa Western Community College
Watch more than 100 students from 16 high schools and community organization compete in the fifth annual Anti-Gravity Games by navigating homemade quadcopters through an obstacle course. Each team’s goal is to build their own quadcopter, with minimal supervision, and outperform competing schools in areas of design, navigation, control and speed. The event is a collaboration of Iowa Western Community College and Google with an aim to increase student awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields of study. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for attendees on a first come, first served basis.

More Information: (515) 224-8963 | jessicam@policyworksllc.com | Website
April 29
1 PM to 4 PM
Prairie Rescue Single Mingle
Hitchcock Nature Center
Have a love of the outdoors? Connect with other, like-minded individuals at this brand new volunteer event.

Adults are invited to join Hitchcock Nature Center staff for this brand new event aimed at connecting conservation minded individuals through volunteering. Attendees will be invited to mix and mingle as they perform volunteer service at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Individuals age 18 & over are invited to join us from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th as we support the land stewardship efforts of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Natural Areas Management department. This event will consist of a training session and volunteer hours in the field along with a chance to network and meet new individuals who may share your interest in the great outdoors. Staff will provide tools for use but feel free to bring bow saws or loppers if you have them. Please bring gloves, water, and dress for the weather.

To ensure that we have proper staffing and supplies we are asking you to register in advance for this event. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

This adult oriented event will include traversing rough terrain and hiking to our work location.

There is no fee for this event and participants DO NOT need to to pay the $2.00 per vehicle daily fee or have an annual park permit. We appreciate your support!

This event is human friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
April 30
2 PM to 3 PM
American Expirience Documentary Showings: Annie Oakley
Western Historic Trails Center
Annie Oakley was featured in the PBS “American Experience” documentary that audiences will be able to see, free of charge, at the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs. The episode will start at 2 pm on the 30th.

More Information: Contact: Christopher Blue | (712) 366-4900 | christopher.blue@iowa.gov | Website
May 3
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
May 5
5:30 PM to 12 AM
Ninth Annual Derby Gala: Run for the Wet Noses
Mid-America Center
This ninth annual event raises money for the Midlands Humane Society featuring a buffet, silent auction, and doggy fashion show. Tickets are $50 per person including dinner.

More Information: Contact: Kelli Nugent | (712) 323-0536 | knugent@midamericacenter.com | Website
May 6
8 AM to 12 PM
The Naturalist School Spring Field Season: Session #6
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the sixth session of the 2017 spring field season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #6 will be held Saturday, May 6th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally sessions may begin at 7:30 a.m. due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will received communication confirming session start time and location prior to each session.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field sessions are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

2017 Spring Field Season Dates:
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th

Spring topics include woodland ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs and toads, migratory birds and early residents, woodland and early prairie flowers, woody plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, and other taxa and topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual workshop or participants may register for the entire 7 week field season for a discounted admission rate of $85.00 per person. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 6
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: May Flowers
Hitchcock Nature Center
April showers bring May flowers! We will investigate the world of plants and embark on a floral expedition on Saturday, May 6th. KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held each month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required. Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 6
10 AM to 5 PM
May Harvest Spoon Tour
Various Locations
Join us for the first Harvest Spoon Saturday of 2017 & travel through Iowa's picture perfect Loess Hills. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 as we celebrate the food and culture of western Iowa. Visit all 5 partner businesses along the Harvest Spoon route for a variety of experiences.

2017 Harvest Spoon Partner Businesses:
1. Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Missouri Valley
2. Hodge Greenhouse & Market, Logan
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
4. Doe's & Diva's Dairy, Honey Creek
5. Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
6. Wild Rose Farm
7. Van Sickle Bees

Each partner business will be presenting unique experiences throughout the day.

Find Harvest Spoon on Facebook or visit www.theharvestspoon.com for more information.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 6
2 PM to 5 PM
Mystery Cache
Hitchcock Nature Center
Register your team of up to 8 for this fun, all ages event on Saturday, May 6th from 2 to 5 pm. Learn how to use a GPS unit and then hit the trails on to seek out caches and solve puzzles. All ages are welcome to participate and there will be various levels of difficulty to choose from but all levels will require hiking on uneven terrain. Space is limited so pre-registration is required by Tuesday, May 2nd. Pre-registration for this event will open in late March. Please visit our website or call 712-545-3283 for more information on this program. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess HIlls Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome. This event is weather permitting. 2017 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 6
4:30 PM to 8 PM
Micah House - 20th Annual Champagne & Diamonds Benefit Auction
Mid-America Center
The 20th Annual Champagne and Diamonds Benefit Auction will be an evening to remember. It is a traditional Kentucky Derby evening at the Mid-America Center filled with dinner, entertainment, taking chances on horses, the Laura Rutledge Open Heart Award and the much anticipated diamond raffle. All funds raised from this event will go directly toward providing support services that MICAH House provides to families, children and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness in the Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska metro area. Questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, auction item donations or event details, can be addressed by Haley Blais at hblais@themicahhouse.org or 712-323-4416.

More Information: Contact: Haley Blais | (712) 323-4416 | hblais@themicahhouse.org | Website
May 7
1 PM to 3 PM
Local Author Fair
Council Bluffs Public Library
Meet and greet local authors, including: George Hast, Richard Heininger, Ryan Roenfeld, Ryan Sinclair and more. Books will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x132 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
May 7
2 PM
Spring Tea
Historic General Dodge House
Bring your mother, daughter, and friends to enjoy "Tea in the Dodge House Ballroom." A lovely array of sandwiches, scones and savories will be served on beautiful dishes by the General's Ladies. A special entertaining yet educational program will complete the afternoon. Reservations are required. Admission is $20 per person.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
May 7
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring the Omaha MasterSingers
Narrows River Park
Join us on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00 p.m. for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring the Omaha MasterSingers.

Omaha's premier vocal jazz ensemble the MasterSingers specialize in a cappella performances of pop & jazz music. Called "Omaha's answer to Manhattan Transfer" the MasterSingers infuse popular music with their own signature style. Singers from the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area make up this dynamic performance group.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 9
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
May 11
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Epilepsy Education Seminar
Hilton Garden Inn
The public is invited to a seminar titled: Epilepsy - Recent Advances, New Discoveries that will lead to a new era of epilepsy care. The keynote speaker is Sanjay P. Singh, M.D., FAAN. The agenda is defined as follows: 5:30 pm - Check in/Dinner; 6 pm - Welcome; 6:15 pm - EF Iowa Programs and Services Overview; 6:30 pm - Presentation by Sanjay P. Singh; 7:30 pm - Question and Answer Segment, Community Needs Assessment. Go to the website for more details.

More Information: Contact: Roxanne Cogil | (515) 238-7660 | rcogil@epilepsyiowa.org | Website
May 13
8 AM to 12 PM
The Naturalist School Spring Field Season: Session #7
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for the seventh and final session of the 2017 spring field season of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Be a part of The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center. Session #7 will be held Saturday, May 13th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally sessions may begin at 7:30 a.m. due to weather and phenology. Registered participants will received communication confirming session start time and location prior to each session.

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field sessions are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems. These workshops are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems.

2017 Spring Field Season Dates:
Saturday, April 1st
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, April 15th
Saturday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday, May 6th
Saturday, May 13th

Spring topics include woodland ecology, lepidopterans, odonates, pond ecology, breeding frogs and toads, migratory birds and early residents, woodland and early prairie flowers, woody plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens, and other taxa and topics.

Cost for this event is $20.00 per person for each individual workshop or participants may register for the entire 7 week field season for a discounted admission rate of $85.00 per person. Pre-registration is required at least 5 days in advance of each session as space is limited. For more information or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

Students will want to bring food, water, binoculars, hand lenses, notebooks, and field guides as appropriate to the topic. Please note, The Naturalist School workshops require walking long distances over steep terrain and will take place rain or shine. Workshops may be physically challenging for participants.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 13
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Aldo Leopold
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our second session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series.

Help us welcome Ron Cisar to Hitchcock Nature Center and discover the work of Iowa native Aldo Leopold, author, educator, conservationist, and philosopher. Join us as we discover the land ethics of this pioneer and discover his life story.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 16
7 PM
May Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Enjoy a guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills not normally open to the public and learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie. Join us Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm for the first Hitch Hike of 2017. Visitors will hike along a Loess Hills ridge top through scenic prairie to reach the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. This trail is only accessible with a PCCB staff member and is not considered open to the public. Enjoy the spring wildflowers of the prairie including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
May 16 - 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 17
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Author Visit: Virginia Pillars
Council Bluffs Public Library
Join the library as it observes Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit with Virginia Pillars, author of Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope through a Child's Mental Illness. Admission is free.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x132 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
May 19 - 21
3 PM to 8 PM
Jurassic Quest
Mid-America Center
Jurassic Quest brings a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more. Jurassic Quest is passionate about creating outstanding guest experiences. The exhibitions have opened to great success around the country and have delighted audiences in convention centers, fairgrounds and other venues. Admission fee charged.

More Information: Contact: Dan Arnold | dan@spotswork.com | Website
May 20
8 AM to 12 PM
Birding 101
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join experienced birders Nic Salick, Jason Andersen, and Michelle Biodrowski for a beginning birding class May 20th.

Birding 101 will include a classroom and field session and will provide the knowledge and skills for amateur and beginning birders to accurately identify common and notable species found throughout the midwest. Learn to identify song birds and passerines from field marks, song and behavior at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Hitchcock's nearly 1,300 acre park was names Iowa's first "Important Bird Area" by the Audubon Society and features Loess Hills woodland, oak savanna, and open prairie settings providing a broad range of habitats that support a diverse avian population.

This program can accommodate people of all experience levels but is intended for beginning birders with limited or no field experience. Attendees should plan to bring binoculars or scopes to use in class. Please note the field portion of this program will involve pedestrian travel over Loess Hills terrain which may be difficult at times.

The fee for this program is $15.00 per person and includes a copy of The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America for participants to keep. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more details.

While this event is appropriate for adult participants it is not pet friendly. Please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center. Weather permitting.


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 20
9 AM
Outdoor & Landscape Photography 101
Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation and the photography professionals at Rockbrook Camera have teamed up to offer this special, 2-class workshop focused on outdoor and landscape photography.

Whether you are an experienced amateur or just getting started let the staff at Rockbrook Camera provide you with the knowledge and skills to capture nature's beauty, drama, and inspiration in this 2-class introductory series.

The first session, to be held on Saturday, May 20th at Hitchcock Nature Center will include a chance to view and photograph Iowa's picturesque Loess Hills at the nationally recognized Hitchcock Nature Center. This session will focus on providing you with the hands-on skills to be successful in your next outing and a photo scavenger hunt.

The second session, to be held June 3rd at the 168th & West Center Road location of Rockbrook Camera and will provide analysis and feedback on the photographs taken since the class at Hitchcock Nature Center, a camera Q&A session, the results of the photo scavenger hunt, and a print of each student's favorite photo.

The cost for this two-class series is $30.00 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register please call Rockbrook Camera, 402-691-0003.

Rockbrook Camera
2909 S. 169th Plaza, #100
Omaha, NE 68130
402-691-0003


More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 20
10 AM to 4 PM
May Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our May Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our May tour will be the Honey Creek Creamery. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
May 20
11 AM
Heirloom Plant Sale
Historic General Dodge House
Choose from a variety of vegetables, flowers, and locally grown perennials to purchase during this annual event.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
May 20
12 PM to 4 PM
Ladies Pamper Night
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @ Ameristar
Ladies Pamper Night® is an event in which guests are assured of having an unforgettable experience. The event features a licensed massage therapist, nail technicians, cosmetologists, estheticians, motivational speakers, vendors as well as contests, raffles, presentations and entertainment. It offers a day of excitement that you won't forget. Attendees are invited to come and shop, relax, enjoy fun filled activities and experience the best time of your life. The name is a bit of a misnomer in that it takes place in Council Bluffs 12-4 pm. Go to the website provided for more details.

More Information: (312) 975-0031 | ppes123@aol.com | Website
May 23
10 AM to 12 PM
Long Term Care: Questions & Answers
Council Bluffs Public Library
Learn more about long term care options and changes in Medicare and Medicaid. Presented by Patrick McGlade of Mutual of Omaha.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
May 24
6:30 PM to 8 PM
Mental Health Awareness
Council Bluffs Public Library
Join the library as it observes Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit with Aimee Quicke and hear Aimee's past, turning point and moving forward. Admission is free.

More Information: Contact: Marlys Lien | (712) 323-7553 x135 | mlien@councilbluffslibrary.org | Website
May 27
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: May Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 a.m. for our first Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be Introduction to Hitchcock Nature Center, the Loess Hills, and the Guiding Principals

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 3
1 PM to 3 PM
Kid's Fishing Derby
Arrowhead Park
Bring the entire family to Arrowhead Park on June 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for an afternoon of outdoor fun!

Since this event is held in conjunction with Iowa's FREE fishing weekend, a license is not required for Iowa residents. All other IDNR fishing regulations apply.

Every child entered in the derby will receive a free gift and prizes are awarded in several categories. Children must be under 16 years of age to participate.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Participants must have either a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or will be required to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks, daily entrance passes may be purchased the day of the event with cash or check at the front gate of the park. Please call 712-485-2295 for more information.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Dave Fischer | (712) 485-2295 | david.fischer@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 4
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring the Outlaw Road Band
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m. for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring the Outlaw Road Band.

The Outlaw Road Band is based out of Omaha, NE and plays everything from traditional country music to all the current hits on country radio today as well as some classic favorites that cross over to engage all ages.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 7
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
June 10
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Prairie Flowers
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our third session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m.

Help us welcome Danuta Hutchins to Hitchcock Nature Center as we learn to identify common prairie wildflowers. Learn where they blossom, where they grow, & their historical importance in Native American and early American cultures. Participants will receive a complimentary coloring book with images of flowers from the presentation for a hands-on learning experience.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 12 - 16
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Art Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
At School's Out! Art Summer Camp, students will learn a variety of different art practices and techniques. Each day students will get to learn and practice a different medium in a variety of forms. Students will learn drawing, painting, sculpting, collage/paper art and design. Each day students will create a self-portrait with different mediums to add to their portfolio and have as a keepsake. Students will learn about famous artists and their role in the history of art. There will be a student exhibition following the end of day 5 for parents to attend. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. The camp is designed for ages 7-12. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
June 13
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
June 16
6 PM to 9 PM
Strike a Chord
Mid-America Center
Strike a Chord is a music-inspired event featuring live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, games, silent and live auctions, and dinner to support Heartland Family Service's programs and services in southwest Iowa. During the evening, Heartland also recognizes the recipients of two honors - the Salute to Achievement Award and the Salute to Leadership Award. The event's honorary chairs are
Scott and Susan Hartman. The presenting sponsor is the Edwards Auto Group. Tickets are $80 per person with sponsorships available.

More Information: Contact: Heartland Family Service | (402) 552-7475 | Events@HeartlandFamilyService.org | Website
June 17
10 AM to 4 PM
June Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our June Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our June tour is Hickory Hills Land and Livestock. Details on planned special events at our featured stop will be coming soon.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.

More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 17
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Mammal Mania
Hitchcock Nature Center
What is a mammal? What clues could they leave behind in nature? What do they eat & look like? Learn these answers and more on Saturday, June 17th at KinderNature: Mammal Mania.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held each month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 19 - 30
Triple Crown Slumpbuster
Council Bluffs Recreation Complex
Check out this premiere youth baseball tournament for various age groups and skill levels held during the annual NCAA Men's College World Series.

More Information: Contact: Triple Crown | Website
June 20
7 PM
June Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. for the second hike of the 2017 Hitch Hike series. Take a closer look at some of Hitchcocks best prairie remnants as you are guided along Badger Ridge. Discover purple coneflowers and other early summer wildflowers and get an idea of what the hills may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
May 16 - 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 24
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: June Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, June 24th at 8:00 a.m. for our second session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be When and How to Control Noxious and Invasive Herbaceous Plants (a focus on Canada thistle and sweet clover).

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
June 24 - 25
9 AM to 6 PM
Antique Spectacular Vintage Market
Westfair
The market will feature the best treasures from an assortment of antique and vintage vendors from across the country. More than 50 dealers are expected to exhibit their wares of all genres. Families and friends alike will enjoy the festival atmosphere that will also feature flavors from some of the area's top food trucks as well as an entertainment stage featuring local musical artists from Omaha and Council Bluffs. The hours are 9 am-6 pm on June 24th and 10 am-4 pm on June 25th. Admission is $6 per person.

More Information: Contact: Kimberly Schilling | (712) 326-9964 | kim.aspectacular@gmail.com | Website
June 25
10 AM to 4 PM
Garden Walk
Historic General Dodge House
Tip-toe through lovely flowers and a variety of landscapes during this annual General's Ladies summer event. Call regarding admission fee and other details.

More Information: Contact: Historic General Dodge House | (712) 322-2406 | Website
July 2
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring Chad Elliott
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, July 2nd at 4:00 p.m. for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring Chad Elliott.

Iowa native Chad Elliot demonstrates a love of folk, roots & singer-songwriter music. His newest album "Wreck and Ruin" Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul & blues music.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 5
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
July 6 - 9
Great Plains PVA/AWBA Bowlilng Invitational
Thunderbowl
The Great Plains PVA Wheelchair Bowling Invitational is a regional tournament that will host wheelchair bowlers from across the U.S. Bowlers will compete in three divisions: Singles, Doubles, and Up/Down. Local bowlers have the opportunity to team up with wheelchair bowlers for the Up/Down division. A special raffle will also be held during the division. This is the first annual tournament to be hosted by Council Bluffs, and is sanctioned by the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the United States Bowling Congress.

More Information: Contact: Dave Nelson | (402) 208-4841 | dnelson68135@yahoo.com | Website
July 8
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: A New Garden Ethic
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our fourth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, July 8th at 4:00 p.m.

This month features "A New Garden Ethic" presented by Benjamin Vogt. Benjamin will explore the role the average citizen can play in combating human-induced climate changes affecting wildlife at home and around the globe. Through the New Garden Ethic, Benjamin will discuss how we can answer this call to action by planting natives and gardening our planet more responsibly.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 10 - 14
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Culinary Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Students will learn a variety of different essential cooking skills. They will learn how to measure, crack an egg, mix ingredients and proper food and cooking safety. They will be preparing recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students will also get to write their own recipes, prepare their own keepsake creation and prepare refreshments for a student-decorated cake exhibition for parents to attend. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided The camp is designed for ages 10-12. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
July 11
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
July 15
10 AM to 4 PM
July Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our July Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our July tour will be the Loess Hills Lavender Farm. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 18
7 PM
July Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. for the third hike of the 2017 Hitch Hike series. Hike out Fox Run Ridge to take in the stunning views of the Missouri River valley, beautiful prairie & pasture land and catch a glimpse of our research plots.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray & sunblock are all recommended and please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, & you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
May 16 - 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: July Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, July 22nd at 8:00 a.m. for our third session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Woody Invasives, Brush Management, and Timber Stand Improvement".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Wet Wilderness
Arrowhead Park
Take a voyage through a wet wilderness and discover unique and amazing creatures at KinderNature: Wet Wilderness on Saturday, July 22nd.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds & engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held each month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at Breezy Lodge.


More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
July 22
1:30 PM
Family Trivia
Arrowhead Park
Take a break from the heat of the day and bring the family out to Arrowhead Park for the first ever Family Trivia Challenge. Join us at 1:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Park in Neola for this fun, all ages event.

Register your family as a team and bring your thinking caps because there will be prizes! The trivia questions will all be nature themed so you can learn while you complete! Pre-registration is required for this event by Wednesday, July 19th as space is limited. Registration by phone and online will open June 1st.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants are required to have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front gate on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 2
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
August 6
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring the Element Variety Band
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m.for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring the Element Variety Band.

The Element Variety Band performs fun, variety selections from the 50's through current hits in most styles and genres. "Let's Get to the Party" is their slogan, and good times is what they deliver.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 8
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
August 12
9 AM
StarLab Portable Planetarium Program
Hitchcock Nature Center
View the night sky in a whole new way with the StarLab, portable planetarium program at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, August 12th.

Join us at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center as the night sky comes alive inside our exhibit gallery. Climb inside the starlab to view the wonders of the night sky at one of three 30 minute sessions at either 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is required for this program by Wednesday, August 9th as space is limited. Pre-registration by phone and online will open July 1st. Please call 712-545-3283 for details on this exciting program.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants are required to have either a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance on the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 12 - 13
3 PM to 10 AM
Family Camp Out
Hitchcock Nature Center
Perfect for first time or relatively new campers join us for a guided campout at Hitchcock Nature Center in our picturesque group tent campsite.

This new program is designed for families with children who are interested in exploring the world of camping as a family. Let Pottawattamie County Conservation help! We provide the tents, food, and fun activities including attendance at our annual Night Sky Event to view the exciting Perseid Meteor Shower. All you need is a sleeping bag & a sense of adventure!

Arrival is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on August 12th. Our Naturalists will be on hand to guide you to our special group campsite & help you set up your camp as they help you discover the world of camping. After a peaceful night in the park we will be up early for some breakfast and will break camp at 10:00 a.m. on August 13th.

Space is limited & pre-registration is required for this family event. Due to staffing limitations and equipment requirements we will not be able to admit any walk up participants. Pre-registration will open March 1st at 10:00 a.m. and will be limited to the first 6 families. Please call 712-545-3283 for more details & to register.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are encouraged and will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All attendees will need a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit or will need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

This all ages event is family friendly but not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 12
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Land Ethics
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our fifth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m.

Thomas Dean is trained as a Land Ethic Leader through the Aldo Leopold Foundation & will be screening the Emmy Award-winning Aldo Leopold documentary "Green Fire". Following the film there will be a discussion about Leopold's land ethic. "Green Fire" is the first full-length documentary about environmentalist Aldo Leopold, author of "A Sand County Almanac" & an Iowa native.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 12
8:30 PM to 12 AM
Night Sky Event
Hitchcock Nature Center
Take in the beauty of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower at on Saturday, August 12th at Hitchcock Nature Center.

This spectacular display of lights and falling meteors is an event you don't want to miss. Meet at the park entrance at 8:30 p.m. & bring your lawn chairs, blankets, binoculars & telescopes to view natures fireworks. Picnic dinners are always a great idea and don't forget your bug spray!

To ensure proper staffing pre-registration is requested for this event. Online & phone registration will open on July 1st. For additional information on this program please call 712-545-3283.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have either a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

This event is family friendly so we request that there be no alcohol consumed during the event. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Pet owners must clean up after their animals and you may be asked to locate your group on the edge of the crowd if we have a large number of participants. Disruptive pets may be asked to leave the event.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 14 - 18
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Ancient Egyptian Art Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Students will learn about Ancient Egyptian history and art and create their own Egyptian jewelry, hieroglyphs, steles, masks and more. Student exhibition following day 5 of camp for parents to attend. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. The camp is designed for ages 7-9. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
August 14 - 18
9 AM to 3 PM
School's Out! Sewing Summer Camp
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Students will learn a variety of different essential sewing skills. They will complete projects to help them better understand sewing and stitching. Students will learn to stitch, sew on buttons, create their own stuffed creatures and more! Students will display their work for parents following camp on day 5. Students are to bring cold lunch. Snacks and water will be provided. The camp is designed for ages 10-12. The fee is $135 per student for PACE members and $150 per student for non-members. Financial assistance is available by request. Register your student today. Space is limited. Registration form: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/954907dd2bddbfa99ac9eda12/files/08fcdeb6-dbb8-4452-af22-077d98d93b10/Registration_Form.pdf. To request financial assistance, please call 712.396.2484. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information: Contact: Emily Globe | (712) 396-2484 | emily@PACEartsiowa.org | Website
August 15
7 PM
August Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us Tuesday, August 15th for the fourth hike in the 2017 Hitch Hike series. Meet up with the group at the Old Lincoln Highway Deck at the Hitchcock Nature Center Campgrounds to begin this walk down the Hohneke Trail to Oak Avenue and the Bunker Hill Loop. Explore the northern section of the park & view a remnant of the original Old Lincoln Highway.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended, please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, and you may be asked to remain toward the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Old Lincoln Highway Overlook Deck in the upper loop of the Hitchcock Nature Center Campground. Follow the signs to the north of the main park gate to the upper loop of the RV campground.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
May 16 - 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 19
8:30 AM to 11 AM
Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed
Botna Bend Park
Every year in early spring Ranger Jon Fenner and his staff tap the silver maple trees that call Botna Bend Park home & collect their sticky sweet sap to make their own special maple syrup. Join us on August 19th from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. to taste the fruits of their labor! Grilled pancakes & sausage will be served with our homemade maple syrup along with coffee & orange juice.

While you are enjoying breakfast take a minute to buy a raffle ticket, proceeds go toward the weekend Kids' Craft Program at Botna Bend. If you are lucky we may even have some syrup to sell!

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted. Please call 712-741-5465 for more information. Meet at Olsen Lodge, weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Jon Fenner | (712) 741-5465 | jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 19
10 AM to 4 PM
August Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our August Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our August tour will be the Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 19
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Geology Rocks
Botna Bend Park
Nature is awesome and so are rocks! Discover what makes Botna Bend Park rock at KinderNature: Nature Rocks on Saturday, July 22nd. Explore rocks, the park, & so much more!

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at Olsen Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
August 26
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: August Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, August 26th at 8:00 a.m. for our fourth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Birds, Invertebrates, and Small Mammals of the Loess Hills and Prairies".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 3
4 PM
2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring Josh Lawler
Narrows River Park
Join us Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00 p.m. for an outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring Josh Lawler.

Josh Lawler is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player living in Omaha.

Join us at Narrows River Park the first Sunday of the month May through September for this brand new concert series. The first 75 guests to arrive will be treated to complimentary food provided by HyVee. No tickets or advance reservations are needed for this event. Free will donations & tips are accepted & CDs may be available for sale.

There is no fee for this event thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations are always accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

2017 Programming Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 6
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
September 9
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Lessons Learned from Prairie Restoration
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our sixth session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Keith Summerville, professor of Environmental Science & Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Drake University as he shares lessons learned during his 15 years of prairie restoration research

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 12
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
September 16
10 AM to 4 PM
September Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our September Living Loess Tour. The featured stops for our September tour will be Iowana Farm & Harvest Studio. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 19
6 PM
September Hitch Hike
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Tuesday, September 19th for the final Hitch Hike of the 2017 season. This hike will begin at 6:00 p.m. & is the most challenging hike of the series. Head out to the westernmost section of the park along the famed Westridge Trail to our final destination, a scenic overlook with an astounding view of the Missouri River. All experience levels are welcome but this 2.5 mile hike will include traversing steep terrain.

The public is invited to attend all the hikes in this series. They are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess HIlls. The series begins with a moderate level hike and will get progressively more challenging as we build up to a 2.5 mile difficult hike in September. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended. Please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footware.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times, you must pick up and remove their waste, & you may be asked to remain at the tail end of the group if we have a large number of participants. This is an educational program, disruptive pets may be asked to leave the group.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

2017 Hitch Hike Series:
June 20 - 7:00 p.m.
July 18 - 7:00 p.m.
August 15 - 7:00 p.m.
September 19th - 6:00 p.m.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
September 23
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: September Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. for our fifth session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Seed Harvesting, Introduction to Prescribed Fire".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 4
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 7
10 AM to 5 PM
October Harvest Spoon Tour
Various Locations
Join us for the second Harvest Spoon Saturday of 2017 & travel through Iowa's picture perfect Loess Hills. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 as we celebrate the food and culture of western Iowa. Visit all 5 partner businesses along the Harvest Spoon route for a variety of experiences.

2017 Harvest Spoon Partner Businesses:
1. Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Missouri Valley
2. Hodge Greenhouse & Market, Logan
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center, Missouri Valley
4. Doe's & Diva's Dairy, Honey Creek
5. Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek
6. Wild Rose Farm
7. Van Sickle Bees

Each partner business will be presenting unique experiences throughout the day.

Find Harvest Spoon on Facebook or visit www.theharvestspoon.com for more information.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 7
4 PM to 8 PM
Arrowhead Park Annual Chili Feed
Arrowhead Park
Bring the whole family out and enjoy a warm bowl of chili in the crisp fall air at the annual Arrowhead Park Chili Fest.

Join us Saturday, October 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for childrens' games & activities, pumpkin painting, hayrack rides &, of course, chili. All ages are welcome to attend this fun family event.

There is no cost for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming. Participants are asked to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass at the front gate or have a current Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit.

Please meet at Breezy Lodge, weather permitting.

2017 Programs sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Dave Fischer | (712) 485-2295 | david.fischer@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 10
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
October 14
4 PM
2017 Speaker Series: Wild Edibles
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for our seventh and final session of our brand new 2017 Speaker Series on Saturday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Join Kelly Kindscher, professor, author, and Senior Scientist with the Kansas Biological Survey as he helps us discover the world of wild edibles.

The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens and adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation and environmental science. Programs are free with paid park admission and will be held at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 9th and then on the second Saturday of the month, May through October. Each program will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation attendees may enjoy conversation with the presenter, a book signing, and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Space is limited to pre-registration is recommended. For more information on our entire speaker series or to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

These programs are presented free of charge with paid park admission thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation and a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Free will donations are always accepted to support our effort to provide free public programming options throughout Pottawattamie County.

Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.


While this event is adult friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome

Weather Permitting

2017 Speaker Series sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation & Humanities Iowa

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 19
6 PM
Go Wild For Conservation Beer Tasting & Auction
MidAmerica Center
Support land stewardship, environmental education & low impact recreation in Pottawattamie County at the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation's annual Go Wild for Conservation beer tasting & auction fundraiser.

Join us October 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mid-America Center & enjoy a number of specialty brews with custom food pairings as you view dozens of silent auction items. Then, settle in for the main event ... the Live Auction!

Visit www.pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com for more information or to purchase your tickets online. We will begin taking reservations for this event in May, 2017 & auction items will be posted as they arrive this fall.

Single seats are only $40.00 each or buy a table of 10 for just $350.00! Each ticket includes our signature beer tasting with a souvenir mug, non-alcoholic beverages, food & a bidder number for the auction.

For additional information please call Sam Stivers, Administrative Director at 712-328-5638 or email her at sam.stivers@pottcounty-ia.gov.

More Information: Contact: Sam Stivers | (712) 328-5638 | sam.stivers@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
10 AM to 4 PM
October Living Loess Tour
Various Locations
Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills on our October Living Loess Tour. The featured stop for our October tour will be Hitchcock Nature Center. Find Living Loess on Facebook for details on planned special events at our featured stop.

Join all of our partner businesses from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, May through October, to experience the culture of Iowa's Loess Hills. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective & experience for visitors of all ages. Watch artists in action, visit working farms, and take in the beauty and history of the Loess Hills.

2017 Partner Businesses include:
1. Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
2. Loess Hills Lavender
3. Harrison County Historical Village & Iowa Welcome Center
4. Hitchcock Nature Center
5. Honey Creek Creamery
6. Hickory Hills Land & Livestock
7. Iowana Farm
8. Harvest Studio

Validate your passport at all 8 Living Loess destinations to enter our annual grand prize drawing for a gift basket valued at over $1,000!

Find Living Loess on Facebook for more information & planned special events offered by our featured business of the month.

Find us online at www.livingloess.org.


More Information: Contact: Kate Simmons | (712) 545-3283 | katherine.simmons@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 21
3:30 PM to 6 PM
Nature's Harvest
Hitchcock Nature Center
Wear your costumes and bring the entire family out and celebrate all there is to love about autumn in Iowa at Hitchcock Nature Center on October 21st from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

We have activities planned for participants of all ages including guided hikes, games, scavenger hunts, refreshments & much more. Check back for more details coming soon!

To ensure proper staffing and supplies we are requesting that participants register in advance for this event. For more information and to register online please visit www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283.

There is no fee for this program thanks to the generous support of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation. Free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All attendees will need either a valid annual park permit or will need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front gate the day of the event.

While this event is family friendly it is not pet friendly, please leave your canine friends at home. Service animals are always welcome.

Weather permitting.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 28
8 AM to 12 PM
Introduction to Land Management: October Session
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 28th at 8:00 a.m. for our final session of Introduction to Land Management, the topic for this session will be "Prescribed Fire (cont.), Follow-Up on Canada Thistle, Putting it all Together".

All members of the public including students, land owners, and anyone interested in learning responsible land management practices are invited to join us for our new Introduction to Land Management program.

This six-class series will be held the 4th Saturday of the month, May through October. Class will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon each day, rain or shine & is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.

Attendees should note: the series will primarily take place outdoors in the Loess Hills of western Iowa and will, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain. Classes will meet at the Natural Areas Management headquarters (a.k.a. The Barn) at Hitchcock Nature Center.

The fee for the entire six-class series is $75.00; Individual classes can be attended for $15.00 per class. Pre-registration is required. Due to the hands-on nature of the series, class sizes will be limited and early registration is required.

Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

More Information: Contact: Jeff Franco | (712) 545-3283 | jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
October 28
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Habitat Detectives
Narrows River Park
Discover what a habitat is at KinderNature: Habitat Detectives on Saturday, October 28th at Narrows River Park. Learn what different types of animals need to survive and discover the special places they call home.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning and outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme and includes stories, crafts, and outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Missouri River Overlook Shelter.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 1
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 14
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
November 18
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Seeds Please
Hitchcock Nature Center
Discover what makes seeds so special at KinderNature: Seeds Please on Saturday, November 18th. Learn all about why seeds are important, not just to plants but also to animals and search for all kinds of seeds at Hitchcock Nature Center.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning & outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme & includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.


More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
November 18
1 PM to 3 PM
HawkWatch Eagle Migration Event
Hitchcock Nature Center
Hitchcock Nature Center has been recognized as one of the top 5 hawkwatches in the world for viewing migrating bald eagles and November is the perfect time to spot these majestic birds in flight. This annual program includes family activities, a guided birding hike, & other fun filled activities.

To ensure proper staffing for this event pre-registration is required by November 15th. Online, phone & email registration will begin in September, 2017. Watch for more details.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. All participants will need a valid Pottawattamie County Park pass or will need to purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with cash at the front gate or you may purchase a daily entrance pass or a $10.00 annual permit at the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 6
4 PM to 5 PM
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
City of Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission meeting will take place at 4 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 12
6 PM to 8 PM
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission Meeting
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room A
City of Council Bluffs Planning Commission meets at 6 pm, unless otherwise notified.

More Information: Contact: Rose Brown | (712) 328-4629 | rbrown@councilbluffs-ia.gov
December 16
10 AM to 11 AM
KinderNature: Winter Wonders
Hitchcock Nature Center
Come discover the wonders of winter weather on Saturday, December 16th. Explore the woods in winter & learn how different plants and animals have adapted to cope with winters chill.

KinderNature programs are designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old with an adult. These programs are full of hands on learning & outdoor activities to encourage curious minds and engage with the natural world. Each program will introduce children to a new and unique nature theme & includes stories, crafts, & outdoor explorations. These one hour programs are held once a month, cost is $5.00 per child, no pre-registration is required. Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 16
7 PM to 9 PM
Nature On Tap
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center for Nature on Tap, a 21 & over event on Saturday, December 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Register your team of up to 5 participants to try your hand at nature trivia as you sample wine & beer from area producers. Bring your thinking caps because there will be prizes up for grabs!

Teams may consist of 2 to 5 people & pre-registration is required as space is limited. Registration, online and by phone will open October 15th, 2017. Please call 712-328-5834 for more information on this program.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations are accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Park annual permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park. Daily passes may be purchased with cash or check at the front entrance the day of the event. Annual permits may be purchased for $10.00 from staff at any of our parks or at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center during regular business hours.

Weather Permitting

More Information: Contact: Kristen Bieret | (712) 545-3283 | kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
December 17
2 PM to 4 PM
Winter Extravaganza
Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us for some family fun in the great outdoors as we celebrate all things winter! Stop by the park from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th for winter crafts, activities, & exploration in Iowa's winter wonderland.

Pre-registration is required for this event by December 13th. Online, phone & email registration will open in November of 2017, visit our website for details.

There is no fee for this event, free will donations will be accepted to support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County. Participants must have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks permit or purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass. Daily passes may be purchased with cash at the front gate or you may purchase a daily pass or $10.00 annual permit from the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk during regular business hours.

Weather permitting, please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge.

More Information: Contact: Rene Stroud | (712) 545-3283 | rene.stroud@pottcounty-ia.gov | Website
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