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Earth Month Kickoff in Story County

When: Friday, April 1st (3-5:30pm)

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Celebrate the beginning of Earth Month with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) and Story County Conservation (SCC) at the Deppe property in Story County. This permanently protected property is an exciting partnership between INHF and SCC, as it will expand the available use of the adjacent McFarland Park. Volunteers will assist the current Land Ambassador with invasive species removal from the woodland area. Volunteers will also learn about the history of the property, the ongoing restoration work, and future plans for the land. Afterward, everyone is invited to a social opportunity at Alluvial Brewing to celebrate.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

About Deppe

The Deppe property is made up of 127 acres of grassland and woodland in Story County. The original owners, Bob and Carole Deppe, had owned the land since 1974 and were excited for the opportunity to see it protected and become public land when they sold to INHF in 2020. The future plans for the property are to transfer the land to Story County Conservation Board to expand the use and activities at McFarland Park. This property is a great addition to the ongoing protection of wildlife, land, soil, and water in the area.

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants, layers and work gloves
  • Water bottle
  • A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like

No experience necessary
Families welcome
You will be asked to sign a Volunteer Liability Waiver


From Ames, head north on US-69/Grand Ave to 180th St. Head east on 180th St. until you see signage for McFarland Park. Look for INHF event signage. Parking available at McFarland Park across the street (56461 180th St, Ames, IA 50010).

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Friday, April 1, 2022

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Deppe Property
56461 180th St
Ames, IA 50010