Ronald "Dick" Jordan Family Wildlife Area

201856091 265th Street, Ames IA 50010

The Ronald “Dick” Jordan Family Wildlife Area is approximately 175 acres along the South Skunk River. The property contains reconstructed prairie, riparian floodplain, savanna/timber, and restored oxbow wetlands that periodically hold water. The combination of habitats and the adjacent river make this property a valuable wildlife area.  


  • Hiking, walking, bird watching, and several other activities are possible however we do not maintain trails nor do we have picnic tables or grills available.
  • A parking lot is shared with the 265th St. Access.  
  • This is a designated public hunting area. No target practice is allowed. Only non-toxic ammunition is allowed.


The Baldus family, longtime Story County residents and outdoor enthusiasts, worked closely with Story County Conservation Board and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to see the protection of this property come to fruition. The family donated a portion of the land's value to ensure permanent protection and future public ownership. SCC acquired the property in 2018 with help from many partners.

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