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Fall Family Fun at Brenton Slough

Celebrate fall with your family at Brenton Slough with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Polk County Conservation and Iowa Young Birders! Families can enjoy an interpretive hayrack ride, nature crafts, birding and other activities suited for all ages, all celebrating the interesting plants and animals found on the 1,100-acre property near Grimes that may become central Iowa’s newest nature area.  

This event is free, and families can come and go as schedules allow. The hayrack ride will be offered continually throughout the event on a first-come, first-served basis. There is limited space and is  accessible through stairs. 

There will be light snacks including donut holes and apples donated by Iowa Orchard! 

The event will be cancelled if there’s inclement weather. Please note, there’s an outhouse and portable toilet available.  

  • Registration: None 
  • Cost: None, this is a free event. 
  • Ages: All ages welcome.  

You can search for Brenton Slough in a map application or use this google map. The entrance is on the south side of the property. There will be signage pointing towards the parking location once you reach the gravel lane of the property, off of Y Avenue. Note that Brenton Slough is not yet open to the public; access to the property is only available during events like these until fundraising is complete.  

About Brenton Slough: 

Brenton Slough is a more than 1,100-acre wetland and woodland complex near Grimes in central Iowa and a well-known haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. INHF recently purchased the site and is now raising funds to transfer the property to Polk County Conservation and open it to the public. Access to the property is only available during events like these for now. For more information about this property and to learn how you can help protect it, visit

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Brenton Slough
Grimes, IA

Sydney Algreen-Hunter