Make your own lotion bars and lip balm


Story County Conservation invites the public to make lotion bars and lip balm at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 2-4 p.m.


Make and take home your own herbal lotion bars and lip balm in this hands-on workshop with Ann Staudt of Siberian Soap Company. Using natural and nourishing ingredients, including plant-based oils, butters, beeswax and essential oils, participants will delve into the art and science of creating their own custom, handcrafted herbal bath and body products from scratch.


A fee of $30 with registration is required by 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. Participants must be 16 years or older to attend. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


Diversify your landscape and eat your yard!


We have been working for our yards for years — now is the time to make our yards work for us! This program is co-sponsored by Red Granite Farms and will be at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park on Monday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Learn how to create a more edible landscape with an emphasis on plants that are suited to Iowa’s climate. Nicole Jonas from Red Granite Farms will be present to help answer questions and give design advice, so bring your creativity and culinary needs. There will also be door prizes to help you get started on your edible landscape.


A fee of $5 with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.


Let your tot explore winter’s wonders


Join Story County Conservation for Wild Tots on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Explore winter’s wonders with Story County Conservation Naturalist Jess Lancial. The program will include crafts, activities and a snack.


Wild Tots is a way for children (ages 2-4) and an adult to investigate nature’s wonders as a team. The fee for the program is $5; registration with payment is required by 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 31.) All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park. Participants should be prepared to play indoors and outside.


O.W.L.S.: Portraits of Nature in Iowa


Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m.


This slide program with narrative by Grinnell nature photographer Ken Saunders II features images of Iowa’s flora and fauna.


O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older — but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon. Lunch is catered for a $7.50 fee, and registration with payment is required by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2. The planned lunch menu is meatloaf, cheesy hash browns, mixed veggies, dinner roll and cookies.


McFarland Park is located at 56461 180th St., northeast of Ames. To register or get more information about any of these events, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516, conservation@storycountyiowa.gov, or visit www.storycountyconservation.org.