Naturalist Lunch Box Programs at McFarland Park


Spread your blanket, unpack your lunch, and join a naturalist for a Friday picnic in the park. Naturalist Lunch Box programs will be held from noon–1 p.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames on Friday, June 15 and Friday, July 13.


Each one-hour program will feature a fun nature topic that you’ll experience through stories and activities. Learn about magical monarchs on June 15, come on July 13 for a program that will be tree-rific, or come to both! These programs are free and appropriate for all ages; bringing a picnic lunch is optional. Adults are expected to remain with their children. In the event of inclement weather, the programs will be held inside the conservation center. These programs are free, and registration is not required.


Yoga in the Park


The yoga in the park craze as finally made it to Story County Conservation! Two yoga in the park sessions are on the books for this summer:


Saturday, June 23, 9–10 a.m., Oriole Ridge Lodge at Hickory Grove Park (67466 250th St., Colo)


Saturday, July 28, 9–10 a.m., Dakins Lake shelter (70613 130th St., Zearing)


Come ready to relax, release and enjoy nature. Bring a mat or a towel and full water bottle, and wear clothes you can move in. All experience levels and ages are welcome. Both sessions are free, and no registration is required.


For more information about these or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at conservation@storycountyiowa.gov or visit www.storycountyconservation.org.