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Story County Conservation River Romp

Discover your river! Meet at Peterson Park Water Trail Access #234 (17952 Templeton Road, Ames) for a River Romp on Saturday, August 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Search sandbars for fossils, artifacts, and other treasures, and scoop the water for benthic macro invertebrates (cool water bugs).

Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy (no flip-flops please). Nets and other “romping” tools will be provided. This excursion is appropriate for ages 8 and up; all children must be accompanied by an adult. The romp will be canceled if river levels are too high or if there is inclement weather.

This program is free, but registration is required by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17. Registration is available at or by calling our office at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday). For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday), email us at, or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails, and an additional 5,500 acres of roadside habitat through our Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation’s volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources.  No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

Submitted by Story County Conservation.

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