History and Links


In 2001, the citizens of Ames approved a bond issue to help fund the purchase of 437 acres of land surrounding and including an abandoned rock quarry in north Ames. This property has been developed into the popular, much-enjoyed Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

The park lakes total 1.2 billion gallons of water and serve the community as a secondary water source during drought conditions. To ensure water quality, wetlands were constructed and prairie grasses were planted to filter the water.

Faces in the Stones 

Ada Hayden Wikipedia article 

Links to other organizations' Information about the park 

Legacy photo albums from the blog

Field Notes

Erv Klaas

Field Notes No. 38 (Jun 1, 2012)

Field Notes No. 39 (Jun 2, 2012)

Field Notes No. 40 (Jun 15, 2012)

Field Notes No. 41 (Jun 23, 2012)

Field Notes No. 42 (Jul 4, 2012)

Wolf Oesterreich

Field Notes (6/3/12) May Species Report

Field Notes (6/7/12)

Field Notes (6/11/12)

Field Notes (6/22/12)

Field Notes (7/6/12)