Monarch Migration Madness


Fall is the time of one of the world’s greatest animal migrations. Meet at McFarland Park on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. to witness an animal that weighs less than a paperclip on its journey south to Mexico: the amazing monarch butterfly.


Try your hand at catching monarchs in the prairie and see how you do in the Monarch Migration obstacle course. This program is family-friendly, free and no registration is needed.


Fall Fungus Foraging


Are you a mushroom enthusiast? Fall is the best time of year to find wild edible mushrooms and other interesting fungi. Hike on and off the trails at McFarland Park and search for the fungus among us on Sunday, Sept. 10, 3-4:30 p.m. No prior mushroom hunting experience is necessary.


This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling 515-232-2516.


River Romp


Discover your river! Meet at Peterson Park Water Trail Access #234 (17952 Templeton Road, Ames) for a River Romp on Saturday, Aug. 19, 3-4:30 p.m. Search sandbars for fossils, artifacts and other treasures, and scoop the water for benthic macro invertebrates (cool water bugs).


Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy (no flip-flops please). Nets and other “romping” tools will be provided. This excursion is appropriate for ages 8 and up; all children must be accompanied by an adult. The romp will be canceled if river levels are too high or if there is inclement weather.


This program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling 515-232-2516.