Hitchcock Nature Center

The mission of the Hitchcock Nature Center is to exist to develop and foster appreciation and understanding of the Loess Hills as a globally significant landform through land management, environmental education and low-impact recreation.

Acquired by Pottawattamie County in 1991, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1,268 acres located in the heart of the globally significant Loess Hills. The Loess Hills harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Hitchcock is open every day of the year for hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, snow sledding, star gazing, or simply enjoying nature.

Tonight, we enjoyed a fun outing as part of our West Pottawattamie Master Gardener monthly meeting that was hosted at Hitchcock (normally meetings are held at the Extension Office). We had a great presentation by one of the naturalists that works for Pott. County Conservation followed by our meeting and then sunset on the deck.


Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
Phone: (712) 545-3283

Directions: From Interstate I-29 take the Crescent exit and travel east to The Old Lincoln Highway. Hitchcock Nature Center is located 5 miles north of Crescent off of The Old Lincoln Highway.

Park Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

We listened to a wonderful presentation tonight about the park’s interesting history (it almost became a dump for trash) and future plans (they hope to have Bison within the next 20 years). I took these photos with my cell phone but I think they turned out pretty good! It was a gorgeous sunset. I love the way you could see the trail along the peak of the hill. I’m definitely heading back for more photos very soon.

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Park Admission
$3.00 per vehicle, payable with exact change or check at the park gate. Or, become a member of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation for a full year of access to all Pottawattamie County Parks. Memberships can be purchased for as little as $20.00 per year & may be purchased in person at the park or online at www.pottawattamieconservationfoundation.com.

I saw this farmer planting on the drive home and gave him a big wave as he saw me taking photos of him! Planting is in full swing. image5image4

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Massachusetts – Interestingly, we have a Hitchcock Nature Center near us, too! I wonder if they are named after the same person? Our was named for the 19th-century geologist Edward Hitchcock, the third president of Amherst College.


  2. gardenfancyblog says:

    What lovely scenery in your part of the state, Melissa. Thanks for sharing it! Best, -Beth


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