Conservation

Mission Statement

The mission of Pottawattamie County Conservation is to provide meaningful experiences for people of all ages with the unique natural resources of Pottawattamie County through diverse and sustainable education, recreation and conservation opportunities.
Pottawattamie Conservation promotes an appreciation for Iowa's unique natural areas through year-round environmental education programming, natural resource management, and habitat restoration, as well as many recreational activities at any of our county parks.

Since 1960, the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board (PCCB) has acquired eight parks and nature centers encompassing 1,661 acres across the county, including the award-winning Hitchcock Nature Center. With more than 90,000 visitors per year, the Pottawattamie County parks and nature areas showcase the county's diverse landform and variety of outdoor activities.

Major recreation areas within the system include Arrowhead ParkBotna Bend ParkHitchcock Nature CenterNarrows River Park, and Old Town Park. These parks offer more than 100 campsites; six camping cabins; three enclosed lodges perfect for work retreats, family reunions and get-togethers; open and enclosed shelters for warm-season gatherings; and miles of trails for hiking, biking, backpacking and walking. Visitors have the opportunity to camp, fish, hike, boat and interact with wildlife while at Pottawattamie County parks.

Admission to all Pottawattamie County Conservation parks and habitat areas is $3.00 per vehicle per day. Daily entrance passes may be purchased with exact change or check at the park entrance when you arrive.

Become a member of the Pottawattamie County Conservation Foundation and enjoy a full year of access to all Pottawattamie Conservation parks and habitat areas. Memberships can be purchased for as little as $20.00 per year. They may be purchased in person at any park or online from the Pottawattamie County Foundation.


Mark Shoemaker
Executive Director
Phone (712) 328-5638
Hours 8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday
Location Pottawattamie County Courthouse Annex
First Floor
223 S 6th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501