Conservation Board meeting

The Story County Conservation Board invites the public to attend its monthly board meeting on Monday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. at McFarland Park, 56461 180th St., Ames. Meeting agendas will be available on the Friday prior to board meetings.

Trail Workday

Join Story County Conservation for a TEAM (Trail Enhancement and Management) Day on Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be building box steps at McFarland Park. Registration is required by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 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 three 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 (515) 232-2516.

Backpacking Basics

Backpacking is a means to challenge yourself to be self-reliant and go where others do not dare, but it can be daunting for first-timers. Join naturalist Heather Hucka for an afternoon of backpacking basics on Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 7:30 p.m. at Robison Wildlife Acres, 29490 632nd Ave., Nevada.

Learn step-by-step what it takes to thrive in the wilderness. The class will cover planning, technique, gear and sample some back-country cuisine. Practice with the provided equipment or bring your own. Two reusable 32-ounce water containers are all you need. Join other like-minded learners who, just like you, need a dose of confidence to start a new adventure.

A fee of $20 with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Registration is available at

Introduction to Orienteering

What happens when your GPS or mapping app fails? Just pull out your map and compass! Join the members of STAR 1 (Search Team and Rescue) for an introduction to orienteering on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at McFarland Park.

Participants will be coached before embarking in teams of two or three on a longer orienteering course. No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. This experience is most appropriate for ages 12 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to be outside and hiking through the woods.

A fee of $10 per person with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Registration is available at