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Air Force Junior ROTC Charity Golf Tournament

1 to 6PM | Bent Tree Golf Club
The Air Force Junior ROTC and the Council Bluffs York Rite will hold a fundraising golf tournament for which funds will be shared in support of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Trip to Normandy, France. Four cadets will be selected to participate in the latter. Food and prizes will be provided.

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Contact: Holly Mortensen
(402) 669-2855
MortysMom951@gmail.com

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Birding 101

7:30AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join experienced birders Nic Salick, Jason Andersen, and Michelle Biodrowski for a beginning birding class on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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 $20.00 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. Please visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes or call 712-545-3283 for more details.

While this event is appropriate for all ages 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.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
www.pottcoconservation.com

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Backpacking 101: 4 Season Edition

6:30 to 9PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Pottawattamie County Conservation and the backpacking experts at Canfield's Sporting Goods have once again teamed up to present a 4-part series of classes designed for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts with limited backpacking experience.

By the end of the series, students will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to plan and execute memorable backcountry trips. This series will provide a foundation upon which more advanced backpacking skills can be built and will culminate in a guided overnight backpacking trip at Hitchcock Nature Center's backcountry campsites.

This series will focus on 4-season backpacking (including winter-weather backpacking) covering skills including:
Leave No Trace Principles
The 10 Essentials
Campsite Set-Up & Preparation
Plants & Animals
Gear Overview - Tech & Specs
Understanding Body Heat & Layering
Meal Planning & Cooking
& More!

The cost for the entire 4-part series is $50.00 per student and includes a Pottawattamie County Parks annual park permit. This annual permit will provide access to all Pottawattamie County Parks for 12-months from the start of the series. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information. Space is limited and early registration is recommended.

This series of classes is intended for adults & teens; students are encouraged to leave smaller children and pets at home.

The series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the dates and at the locations below:

October 5th - Hitchcock Nature Center

October 19th - Canfield's Sporting Goods

November 2nd - Hitchcock Nature Center

The final session, the guided overnight will be held on November 4th at Hitchcock Nature Center. Tentative start time is noon on the 4th & it will end the morning of Sunday, November 5th. Students are encouraged to bring their own gear for the guided overnight stay.

Dates are subject to change, weather permitting.

Canfield's Sporting Goods is located at 8457 W. Center Road, Omaha NE.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=412

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Birding 201 With Nic Salick

7:30AM | Macedonia City Hall
Join Pheasants Forever biologist and experienced birder Nic Salick for a birding class and field trip on October 14th starting at 7:30 a.m.

Birding 201 will include a classroom and field session and will provide more advanced knowledge and skills for birders already possessing some experience with identifying birds.

The classroom portion will take place at the Macedonia City Hall Community Room located at 322 Main Street in Macedonia, Iowa. During the class we'll focus our efforts on more advanced ID techniques such as behaviors, vocalization, species' natural histories, and habitat associations. In the field we will take a firsthand look at what we discussed as we traverse Wheeler Grove Conservation Area, a 247 acre Pottawattamie County preserve possessing a unique blend of oak woodland, riparian, and grassland avian habitats.

Attendees should plan to bring and use their own set of binoculars. Attendees should note: The field session of the class will occur outdoors and may, at times, require pedestrian travel over difficult terrain.

The fee for this class is $20.00 per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, early registration is recommended. Register online at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

In addition, the class attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a discounted Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation membership.

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

Weather permitting.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=413

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ake in the scenery of the Loess Hills as you run through woodlands, valleys, & prairies during the 12th Annual Hitchcock Nature Center HawkWatch 5K Trail Run & Walk.

Race your way through Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 14th, race check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. & the race gets underway at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended for this event.

Participants can register in two ways:
1. Online registration is available and rates are $28.00 per person before September 30th & $33.00 per person after September 30th. Visit www.pottcoconservation.com to register online in minutes.

2. You can also register in person at Hitchcock Nature Center or by mail. Registration forms are available at the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk or you click here to download the form to return by mail. Registering by mail or in person features a discounted rate or $25.00 per person before September 30th or $30.00 per person after September 30th.

All participants who are pre-registered before September 30th will receive a long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt. Participants will also receive post-race snacks & beverages. Trophies will be awarded to the top overall times in both men's & women's & the top runners in each age group will also receive an award.

Please contact Ranger Chad Kunze by email for more information, chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov.


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Contact: Chad Kunze
(712) 545-3283
chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=420

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Landscape & Photo Walk Class

9AM | 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 to outdoor and landscape photography.

In this month's photo walk, we're on the hunt for amazing photos amidst the beauty of the Loess Hills and Hitchcock Nature Center. Rockbrook Camera Instructor, Mark Graeve will be along for the adventure to answer questions and offer advice.

The field session will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. will include a chance to view and photograph Iowa's picturesque Loess Hills at the nationally recognized Hitchcock Nature Center.

The followup session will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to noon 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 or visit www.rockbrookcamera.com to register online.

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


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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=415

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Native Earth Skills

12PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join Naturalist & experienced Native Earth Skills practitioner Dustin Clayton on October 14th at 12:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center as he discusses and demonstrates common skills and techniques of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa's native cultures.

This walking lecture and field demonstration will focus on native cultures' historic and pre-historic reliance on, and relationship with, the earth and its natural resources, and will feature live demonstrations of flintknapping, bone and stone tool making, woodcarving and more. Participants will have the opportunity to receive hands-on introductory instruction on a variety of native earth based skills while learning about cultures that inhabited our area prior to and just after Euro-American settlement.

Please note: This program will involve pedestrian travel over rugged Loess Hills terrain at Hitchcock Nature Center and may be difficult at times. This program is being offered as part of our adult education programming, we ask that participants be 14 years of age or older.

The fee for this program is $10.00 per person and pre-registration is required as space is extremely limited. Early registration is recommended. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

After our class participants are invited to stay and join us for our October Speaker Series event, Wild Edibles with well- known author and University of Kansas Senior Scientist and professor Kelly Kindscher as he discusses wild edibles of the plains. Please click here for more information on this event and online registration.

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

Weather permitting.

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Contact: Jeff Franco
(712) 545-3283
jeff.franco@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=414

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All Hallows Eve at Botna Bend

6:30 to 8:30PM | Botna Bend Park
Join us at Botna Bend Park for a two night celebration full of fun for the whole family!

We kick off the fun on Friday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. with campfire stories for kids of all ages presented by the Council Bluffs Library.

Saturday, October 21st is a full day of fun with a variety of activities planned throughout the day.

10:00 a.m. : Halloween Crafts
12:00 p.m.: Corn Hole Tournament, register your two person team in advance at the Botna Bend Park office
3:00 p.m. :Live demonstrations with Raptor Recovery
6:25 p.m.: Campground Trick-or-Treating
7:15 p.m.: Movie in the Park - Hotel Transylvania

Please meet at Olsen Lodge for all of these events. If you are interested in participating in the Corn Hole Tournament at noon you must register your 2 person team at the Botna Bend Park office that morning before the start of the tournament.

Attendees must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Conservation annual park permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased 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. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

For more information please call 712-741-5465.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Jon Fenner
(712) 741-5465
jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=419

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Guided Night Hike

7PM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Join us at Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a guided night hike as we explore Hitchcock Nature Center and the Loess Hills in the dark.

This program is being presented as part of our adult education program and we ask that participants be 18 years of age & older.

Pre-registration is requested as space is limited. Advance registration secures your space at this event as walk in participants may not be admitted the day of the event. Register online in minutes at www.pottcoconservation.com or call 712-545-3283 for more information.

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear as much of this event will take place outside. Please note this program may include pedestrian travel over uneven surfaces.

Attendees must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or a check at the front gate & may be purchased 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. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

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 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=421

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Bird Banding Demonstration

9 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration. Participants must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased 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. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=417

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Bird Banding Demonstration

9 to 11AM | Hitchcock Nature Center
Come get a "bird's eye" view of our fine-feathered friends as you join volunteers for a live songbird banding at Hitchcock Nature Center.

Volunteers will be banding songbirds at the Loess Hills Lodge at Hitchcock Nature Center from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, November 4th
Saturday, December 2nd

All ages are welcome to attend this live demonstration. Participants must purchase a $2.00 per vehicle daily entrance pass or have a valid Pottawattamie County Parks annual permit to attend this program. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the front gate and may be purchased 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. There is no additional fee to attend this program, free will donations are encouraged and will support continued programming opportunities in Pottawattamie County.

This event is not pet friendly, please leave your dogs at home. Service animals are always welcome.

2017 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation

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Contact: Kristen Bieret
(712) 545-3283
kristen.bieret@pottcounty-ia.gov
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/calendar/details.aspx?ID=417

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