Story County Trails Advisory Committee meeting


The Story County Trails Advisory Committee invites the public to attend its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. We’ll meet at the ISU Research Park Core Facility (1805 Collaboration Place, Ames) for a quick walkthrough of the park-in-progress Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor, followed by the regular meeting.


If you enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding or canoeing on Story County Conservation properties, you are invited to attend the meeting. Come to share your ideas and consider volunteering your time to improve Story County Conservation’s many trail systems.


O.W.L.S. Program: Working Together


Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames.


Story County Conservation has many collaborators in our efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, education and conservation. One of the more recent partners is the Outdoor Alliance of Story County. Hear how we’ve partnered to make Story County a great place to live, work, and recreate.


An optional luncheon follows the program for just $7.50. Registration for lunch with payment is required by 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. The planned lunch menu is carved turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, dinner roll and pumpkin pie.


Registration for lunch is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday).


Make Soap from Scratch


Story County Conservation invites the public to make soap from scratch at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6–8:30 p.m.


Explore the art and science of making handcrafted soap with Ann Staudt, Siberian Soap Company owner! Using the centuries-old cold-process soap-making technique — students will combine plant-based oils and lye to create soaps that are mild, moisturizing and eco-friendly. Each participant will take home a 1.3 pound custom batch of soap, just in time for holiday gift-giving!


Fee of $30 with registration is required by 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Registration is available at www.storycountyconservation.org or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday). Participants must be 16 years or older to attend. Long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes are required for all participants. Bring a sharp knife, gloves and thumb guard if possible.


For more information about this 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.