27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa
As new homes and even whole towns continue to encroach upon existing prairies, grasslands in our nation’s heartland are slowly disappearing. The Pottawattamie County Conservation group has acted to stem the tide. On more than 1,000 acres, members set up the Hitchcock Nature Center and Loess Hills landform. The area preserves some of the largest remaining natural prairie areas in Iowa and provides refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state.
Visitors who enter the Loess Hills Lodge at the Center are more likely to come away with a conservation mind-set. A 3D tour of the preserve is shown in the mini-theater. Exhibits show raptors in flight, and children love Curiosity Cove, where they can build habitat scenes on a magnetic mural or investigate (yucky!) insects at a discovery table. Ongoing renovations of the lodge serve an additional purpose: They teach environmental practices such as sustainable building construction, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Stay for a while and enjoy the camping, picnicking, hiking, snow sledding, and low-impact recreation facilities, some of the best in Pottawattamie County.
Open daily year-round. Admission charged.