Clean Water, Heathy Food

The Outdoor Alliance of Story County (Outdoor Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 at the request of Mike Cox, the Director of Story County Conservation.

Since then, the Outdoor Alliance has raised funds for land acquisitions, trails, adult outdoor education, county park improvements, reconnecting the South Skunk River in Ames at the dam in North River Valley Park and improving water access at Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

Our service outings have involved collecting prairie seed, planting trees, trail maintenance, removing old fencing and more, working with Story County Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and other formal and informal groups and individuals.

Plans for 2021 include raising funds for Story County Conservation’s on-going water monitoring program. This is the first step in addressing water quality issues in the county. Improving water quality will enhance our health, the viability of our communities and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Still, much remains undone and the Outdoor Alliance is working to make more of these projects possible. Wheatsfield, Story County Conservation, the Outdoor Alliance and so many other groups and individuals are all working for the kind of world we want to live in and leave to those that follow.

The Outdoor Alliance mission is to enhance outdoor recreation, education and conservation in Story County. For more information about the Outdoor Alliance, our on-going and previous projects, as well as membership information, please visit

Greg Vitale
Outdoor Alliance Board Treasurer