Story County Conservation Center – Ames, Iowa
In McFarland Park located in Ames, Iowa, is the headquarters for the County Conservation Board’s Environmental Education Program which has both indoor and outdoor areas that can be visited. Inside there are exhibits of both flora and fauna native to the area. Outside visitors can observe the butterfly garden and the habitats of different wildlife. In the 200-acre park are different trails including one handicapped-accessible trail called “Touch-A-Life.” The area also includes an outdoor amphitheater and an observatory. Visitors can picnic, hike, and fish where designated; in the wintertime, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are available.
Admission – None
Location: 56461 180th St. Ames, IA 50010-9451
Directions – north east of Ames
Hours – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, year-around; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, April — October
Phone – (515) 232-2516