Make soap from scratch


Story County Conservation invites the public to make soap from scratch at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park, northeast of Ames, on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2-4:30 p.m.


Explore the art and science of making handcrafted soap with Ann Staudt, Siberian Soap Company owner. Using the centuries-old, cold-process soap-making technique, students will combine plant-based oils and lye to create soaps that are mild, moisturizing and eco-friendly. Each participant will take home a 1.3-pound custom batch of soap just in time for holiday gift-giving.


Fee of $30 with registration is required by 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling 515-232-2516. Participants must be 16 years or older to attend. Long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes are required for all participants. Bring a sharp knife, gloves and thumb guard if possible.


Test your family’s winter survival skills


Does your family have the skills necessary to be successful winter survivalists? The Family Survival Camp at McFarland Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will challenge you!


Work together to build shelters, light fires, snowshoe through the forest, create a survival kit and more. Participants must be at least 8 years old. Hot chocolate, snacks and equipment will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and wear proper winter attire.


Fee of $20 per family group (up to four members; please call if you need special accommodations) with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by phone at 515-232-2516.