Announcing The Naturalist School

New in 2016!

The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center

Citizen Science and Conservation Education for Pottawattamie and Surrounding Iowa Counties

Most of us are still related to our native fields as the navigator to undiscovered islands in the sea. (Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits.)

The Naturalist School at HNC is for serious naturalists who seek to deepen commitment and engagement in citizen science, nature education, and conservation in Iowa’s Loess Hills and surrounding ecosystems of the Missouri River region. Seasonal sessions of 4-5 workshops will focus on a particular group of organisms in context of ecosystem, biotic community, and phenology.
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 Our workshops are immersive, intensive, outdoors in all weather, and physically demanding. They are intended for adults who love nature and are committed to the study, conservation, and preservation of native ecosystems, and to educating others in this good work. In addition to seasonal in-the-field workshops, TNS members will have conservation and citizen science opportunities at Hitchcock Nature Center and other nature preserves in western Iowa.
Workshops are taught by New Tree School staff and experts from around the region.
The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center limits enrollment in each seasonal session to 15 participants. The first session begins April 2016. For the complete schedule, registration requirements, and tuition, click here.