Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in partnership with Story County Conservation, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, will host a workshop Sat, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Story County Conservation Center in McFarland Park, located at 56461 180th St. in Ames.

This hands-on workshop is great for the landowner who wants to learn more about the effects of erosion on their landscape and get help with prevention. “We often hear from landowners who are concerned about gullies on their property. At this workshop, they’ll have a chance to learn about a low-cost, do-it-yourself solution for small gullies,” relates Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watershed Educator Dan Haug.

The morning will be spent in conversation with experts learning strategies to conserve our soils. During the afternoon presenters and participants will put that knowledge into practice by building a log-type erosion control structure in the park. Attendees will then be able to replicate the structure on their own property using materials they already have.

The event will be held rain or shine and is open to any adult at a cost of $15 per person and includes lunch (please provide any dietary restrictions in the comments section during registration). Participants are asked to register by Oct. 3 by visiting or by or by calling their office at 515-232-2516 Mon-Fri between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Attendees should come prepared by bringing a water bottle and work gloves and wear clothes and sturdy closed-toe shoes they don’t mind getting dirty.

Prairie Rivers of Iowa – Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization committed to strengthening Iowa’s communities through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s programs help Iowans conserve our state’s natural and historic resources to enrich the lives of current and future generations. To learn more, please visit