Fly tying and casting class

Explore all aspects of the sport of fly fishing on Saturday, May 6, from 2-6 p.m. at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park, 56461 180th Street, northeast of Ames. There will be hands-on activities including tying flies, casting a fly rod and hopefully catching the big one! You’ll tie your own Woolly Bugger and Clouser Minnow to take home.

No prior experience is necessary. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Allen Pattillo, ISU Fisheries Extension specialist, and the Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society student subunit will teach the class.

Space is limited! Fee of $25 with registration is required by noon on Friday, April 28. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).

Trail workday

Come be a part of the TEAM! Join Story County Conservation for a TEAM (Trail Enhancement and Management) Day on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 1 p.m. Volunteers will be working at Robison Wildlife Acres (29490 632nd Ave., Nevada). Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, to ensure enough tools and refreshments for everyone.

Come out for some good old-fashioned volunteering! Volunteers are asked to bring a water bottle and should dress for the weather. Long pants, gloves and boots or sturdy shoes are strongly recommended. TEAM Days typically last two hours. If you like to work outdoors, don’t mind hard work and want hands-on experience, we’d like to see you on the trail!

Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516.

Garden Party at the Partners Spring Festival

Story County Conservation Partners invite you to attend their annual Spring Festival on Sunday, May 7, from 2-5 p.m. at McFarland Park, northeast of Ames.

Enjoy an afternoon in the park canoeing and fishing, gazing at the sun and wildflowers, learning about pollinators and native plants and participating in crowd-sourced poetry! The day will include:

- Live music by the Britches and Hose Ukulele Club

- Unveiling of the new Discovery Nature Playscape

- Touch-A-Life Trail ribbon cutting with Ames Town and Country Kiwanis

- Native plant sale by ISU’s EEOB Department

- Solar viewing provided by the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers

- Canoeing lead by the Skunk River Paddlers

- Fishing poles and bait available from Story County Conservation

- Booths by Iowa Bird of Mouth, Plant.Grow.Fly., Iowa Native Plant Society, and Master Gardeners

- Annual photo contest entries on display; awards presented during band intermission

This festival is an excellent opportunity to visit McFarland Park and learn more about Story County Conservation Partners and the important things they do. Best of all, the event is free and fun for everyone!