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May 23 Saturday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Music in the Park - An Evening
Join us for Music in the Park with ‘An Evening’ - A Tribute to John Denver. An Evening consists of Dustin West on guitar/vocals, Chris Harman on guitar/vocals, and Dorothy Harman on percussion/vocals.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 27 Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Iowa Made Eco-Bus Trip Full! Please add name to waiting list.
Journey from prairie to a tour of a farm implement factory. Enjoy a European style lunch at a Galleria De Paco which features a replica painting of the Sistine Chapel by a local artist.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 2 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Why Plant Natives in Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens
Jim Kessler, has been active in native plant gardening, prairie restoration, and native planting management for 40 years.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 2 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Design Your Own Butterfly Garden
In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to select native plants for the garden, design a planting map for your butterfly garden, and learn native plant garden management strategies that help to keep your neighbors happy with the results.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 2 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kayak Basics
Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 3 Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Nature's Story Hour - Birding Bonanza
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Thursday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dog Days
With the dog days of summer just around the corner, come to the park to enjoy food and activities with your favorite furry friend.

Special Events Easter Lake Park
Jun 5 Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Senior Fishing Derby
Senior Services of Polk County and PCC are hosting a fishing derby open to any person 60 and over. Fishing poles and bait will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Prizes will be awarded.

Special Events Easter Lake Park
Jun 6 Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Boone River Kayak Trip
Join us as we kayak down the Boone River in central Iowa. Naturalists will guide participants down the river. Bring food and drink. Prior kayak experience is required.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 8-11 Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Water Wonders Camp- FULL, Please add name to the waiting list.
Come and get your feet wet as we discover all we can about water. We’ll compare ponds, rivers, lakes, and wetlands plus the animals that live in them.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 8-12 Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FULL- “Introduction to Horses”, Beginner Riding Camp- Ages 8 to 12
"Introduction to Horses" Riding Camp: Equestrian camps are a wonderful way for a child to discover the world of horses. Beginning Riding Camps cover an introduction to the horse, safety, horse care, grooming, saddling, and basic riding skills.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 9 Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Princess Adventures - All About Birds
Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them).

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 10-14 Wednesday
Buffalo National River Kayak Trip - Arkansas - FULL
Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 10 Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Nature Playdates - Tyke Hike
Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.

Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 12-13 Friday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Adult Riding Camp
"Adult Riding Camp": This camp is specifically for Adults only. Camp will begin with a riding session at 5 pm on Friday!

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Friday
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wild Night Life and Hike
Join PCC naturalists for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 15-18 Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Junior Naturalist Camp - June 15-18 - FULL
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to use a compass, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 15-19 Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
“Circus, Circus”, Beginner Riding Camp- Ages 9 to 14
Have a child that loves horses and tumbling? The circus? Send them to JPEC to "join the circus" for a week of fun- filled with horses, animals, and circus-themed activities.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 15 Monday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Summer Skills - Canoeing
Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Jun 16 Tuesday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Summer Skills - Canoeing
Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 17 Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Nature's Story Hour - Chippy the Chipmunk
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist.

Programs Brown's Woods
Jun 17 Wednesday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Summer Skills - Fishing
Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Jun 18 Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Alpacas, Butterflies & Gardens Eco-Bus Trip- Only 3 spots left!!
Start the day with a tour of a local Alpaca Farm & Fiber Mill in central Iowa. Our journey will then take us to ISU BioCentury Research Farm. Educators will share how this unique facility studies biomass production.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 18 Thursday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Summer Skills - Fishing
Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 21 Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pollination Celebration
Come out for an afternoon of pollinator fun! We will be building a giant insect hotel with artists Pam Dennis and Ryk Weiss from Flock 9 Studios in Ogden.

Special Events Easter Lake Park


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