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Thistle Thursday

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You're invited to the Jordan Family Wildlife Area to help pull thistles starting to take over parts of the property. If left unchecked, thistles can crowd out native plants. Stay until noon or whenever the thistles are gone - whichever comes first!

Jordan Family Wildlife Area includes 175 acres of wildlife habitat along the Skunk River just south of Ames. The property hosts a diverse mix of habitat including floodplain oak savanna, native grasses and several areas awaiting prairie, riparian and river bank restoration. Hiking, birding, hunting and other recreation activities will be available to everyone, after funds are raised to complete the project. Learn more about Jordan Family Wildlife Area. 

An RSVP is requested for this event. Email Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at  to RSVP, receive directions and additional details.

What to bring:
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection
  • Clothes you don't mind getting beat up, closed-toe shoes and work gloves
  • Machete (the thistle-removing tool of choice!), if you have one
  • No experience necessary
  • Families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
Directions & Parking

We'll meet at the parking lot for the 265th Access at 56091 265th St., Ames. Please note: Due to I-35 construction, the 265th Access is not accessible via county road E-57. The bridge over the interstate has been removed. The property is best accessed from the west via Highway 69.


Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at or 515-288-1846 x17.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

9:30am - 12:00pm

Jordan Family Wildlife Area
56389 265th St.
Ames, IA 50010

Mary Runkel