Friends of Hickory Hill Park

Dedicated to preserving Hickory Hill Park as a natural sanctuary for Iowa City.

Anne Duggan - Sun Oct 26, 2014 @ 11:44AM
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Support the work of Friends of Hickory Hill Park and enjoy the park year-round with a 2015 calendar. They make great presents, especially for out-of-town friends and family. The calendar costs $9 and is available at the following locations: Prairie Lights Bookstore, New Pioneer Co-op, Fin and Feather, Leaf Kitchen, Russ' Northside Service Station, and North Dodge Ace Hardware. 

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Anne Duggan - Thu Oct 09, 2014 @ 10:05AM
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Eagle Scout Walker Jarvie is working at Hickory Hill Park to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirements and needs your help. 

The dates are: 

Sunday, Oct. 12, 1-5 pm

Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 am-1 pm. 

Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 19, 1-5 pm

Jarvie and volunteers will be digging out invasive honeysuckle plants in designated areas. Volunteers need to bring work gloves and old clothes (long sleeves are highly recommended), and tools such as a spade, adz, axe, hatchet, or lopper. 

Meet at the northwest entrance to the park, across from the HyVee on North Dodge St., Hwy 1. For further information, contact Walker at

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Anne Duggan - Wed Oct 08, 2014 @ 10:39AM
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There is no limit to how many people can volunteer for each event, and all work days are open to the public. However, we need an estimate of how many are coming and ask that all participants register at the links found below.

IMPORTANT: The park has multiple entrances, and we want you to find us. A map of the park (with the names of park entrances) can be found here.

October 18th (Sat) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Brush management and trail work on the Pappy Dickens Preserve, led by Mike Fallon and John Kardos. Cutting and piling trees and shrubs along designated paths. Shaping and spreading mulch on path. Or cutting and piling honeysuckle shrubs and multiflora rose from woodland areas to encourage native plant growth. Please report to the parking lot of the North Dodge Hy Vee store. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will be unable to join the group. See clothing suggestions and signup information below.


November 8th (Sat) 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Trash Cleanup on the Pappy Dickens Preserve, led by Casey Kohrt and Pete Kollasch. Removing old tires, metal, fencing, and debris from the site, and doing general cleanup of the area. Please report to the parking lot of the North Dodge HyVee store. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will be unable to join the group. See clothing suggestions and signup information below.


Additional Information:

Clothing Suggestion: For all events, wear closed-toed shoes, socks, and full length jeans. If you do not wear closed-toed shoes and long pants, you will be prevented from participating. Bring a pair of work gloves, water and a snack, if you can.

More information about our events and a map of the park, showing entrances, can be found at our website:

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Anne Duggan - Thu Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:07PM
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calendar photos

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Anne Duggan - Sun Apr 20, 2014 @ 01:30PM
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Anne Duggan - Sat Apr 19, 2014 @ 05:55PM
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Photos from our spring 2014 woodland burn are now available on our Facebook page: View Photos Now

If you want to see the burn site in person, take the trail north from the Bloomington Street entrance towards the dam.  You can't miss it.

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Anne Duggan - Sun Apr 06, 2014 @ 07:21PM
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The FHHP annual spring plant sale is scheduled for Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th from 10 am to 4 pm each day. PLEASE NOTE:The plant sale will be held at a new location this year- the south parking lot entrance to Hickory Hill Park located on Bloomington Street.The sale will be held in the pavilion - rain or shine.

New at the plant sale this year - Monarch Madness! We have purchased native milkweed plugs that will also be for sale in an effort to increase Monarch Butterfly habitat in the Iowa City area.Monarchs ONLY lay their eggs on milkweed and these native plants are rapidly declining.A lack of milkweed and other environmental stressors has lead to a huge decline in Monarch populations.

As always, we will also be accepting plant donations in the weeks leading up to the plant sale.Plants can be left in the driveway of 2607 Friendship Street or 435 Rundell Street in Iowa City.  Email for more information.

Donations raised from the plant sale go towards park stewardship and conservation projects.

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Anne Duggan - Tue Feb 04, 2014 @ 06:17PM
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Volunteers are needed this spring to remove invasive species and repair bridges and trails in the park.  Click here to view dates and register online.  Anyone is welcome and all volunteer days are open to the public.

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Anne Duggan - Tue Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:30PM
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The Friends of Hickory Hill Park (FHHP) will conduct a prescribed woodland burn in an area just to the northeast of woodlandburn.jpgthe Bloomington Street entrance to the park.
The date and time of the burn are dependent on the weather, but will likely occur sometime during the next month.
The burn will be a slow and low controlled fire that will not be visible from other areas of the park, though it will generate smoke. Some of the trails will be closed to ensure the safety of the public.  Volunteers will arrive on site prior to the burn to secure the surrounding area and trails. The controlled fire will last several hours depending on conditions. Site monitoring will last several more hours after the fire is out.
The burn will be conducted under the direction a professional land restoration crew from EarthView Environmental. All plan- ning and preparation for the woodland burn has been done under the direction of land restoration professionals and the project is coordinated with Iowa City Parks Department and the Iowa City Fire Department. FHHP has secured a permit from the IC Fire Department.
FHHP has conducted prescribed burns in the woodland and open areas of the park for several years. Prescribed fir is a natural and beneficial element in the development of healthy and thriving woodlands and prairies. A prescribed burn has neither the heat nor intensity of wild forest fire and will not harm native herbaceous plants or mature trees but will help to control some invasive species that threaten the park.
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Anne Duggan - Thu Nov 21, 2013 @ 09:29PM
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calendar_cover.jpgThe 2014 Friends of Hickory Hill Calendar is now available for $9.00 at the following locations:
Ace Hardware on North Dodge St.
Eble Music

Fin and FeatherIowa Artisans Gallery

Leaf Kitchen
New Pioneer Co-op
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Russ' Northside Service Station
Make your annual gift to the park by purchasing a calendar. All proceeds support our efforts to preserve and enhance natural areas within the park.
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