About Hitchcock Nature Center

From Pottawattamie County Conservation’s website:

The Hitchcock Nature Center exists to develop and foster appreciation and understanding of the Loess Hills as a globally significant landform through land management, environmental education and low-impact recreation. 

Acquired by Pottawattamie County in 1991, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1,268 acres located in the heart of the globally significant Loess Hills. The Loess Hills harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Hitchcock is open every day of the year for hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, snow sledding, star gazing, or simply enjoying nature. 

Trip Itinerary



  • Depart Des Moines at 4:00 pm. Dinner on the road.

  • Set up camp and intro to basic camping skills.

  • Opening fire circle

  • Relax! Enjoy some snacks (gourmet s’mores!), drinks, and conversations around the campfire. Then crawl into your cozy tent for some well-deserved rest.


  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea around the fire while we cook up a healthy and filling breakfast for you to enjoy.

  • Explore Hitchcock’s awe-inspiring landscape on a 4-mile hike throughout the park. Learn basic map and orienteering skills, trail safety tips, leave-no-trace principles, and identification of flora and fauna.

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch while on the hike.

  • Explore the Loess Hills Lodge Interpretive Center.

  • Down time at the campsite. You can read a book, journal, take a nap, take another hike — it’s up to you!

  • Indulge in a delicious dinner, complete with dessert.

  • Fire circle and reflection time.


  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea around the fire while we cook up a healthy and filling breakfast for you to enjoy.

  • Break down camp and a presentation on planning your own camping trip.

  • Return home.

Your Investment


Trip fee includes

  • Delicious meals cooked for you from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, including snacks, dessert, wine, tea, and coffee.

  • Park admission and campsite fees.

  • Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from our experienced guides.

  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and camp chairs.

  • A Wander Women tote bag filled with goodies for you to enjoy after the trip.

  • Membership in our private Facebook group and exclusive access to Wander Women day hikes, happy hours, and other special events.

  • 1% of every trip purchase will be donated to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to help them fund future endeavors across the state of Iowa

    We want our trips to be accessible to all women. Please contact hello@wanderwomeniowa.com to learn more about payment plans and alternative pricing plans.

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