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Apr 7 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Journey to the Southern Islands
Join writer/photographer Ty Smedes for this slide presentation and lecture, as he takes us on a voyage to the bottom of the world.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 7 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:28 PM
Journey to the Southern Islands
Join writer/photographer Ty Smedes for this slide presentation and lecture, as he takes us on a voyage to the bottom of the world.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 12 Sunday
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Retreat into Nature
Come spend time in renewal, education and discovery in a beautiful natural setting. Activities will include gentle yoga (chair yoga will be an option), meditation, writing/drawing and connecting to nature.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 12 Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training
Take an active role in conservation as a citizen scientist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN), with this training from the entomology staff of Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 17 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
Apr 18 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:28 PM
Geocaching 101
Never heard of geocaching or always wanted to give it a try? Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you at Yellow Banks Park.

Programs Yellow Banks Park
Apr 19 Sunday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Dollar-A-Day Boys!
Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC’s worked with dozens of farmers in Dallas County on soil erosion control projects and constructed Ledges and Springbrook State Parks.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 24-26 Friday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Weekend Backpacking Trip
Always wanted to try backpacking, but may not have the gear or know where to go? Then join us as we explore the wooded bluffs and valleys of Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Apr 25 Saturday
10:00 AM
Chichaqua Valley Trail Grand Opening
The Grand Opening of the Chichaqua Valley Trail Connector between Mally's Park and Bondurant will be celebrated in the communities of Berwick, Bondurant, Mingo, Ira, and Baxter.

Special Events Chichaqua Valley Trail
Apr 25 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring Wildflower Hike
Enjoy a beautiful spring day as we hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Apr 28 Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Step Back in Time Eco-Bus Trip - FULL! Please add name to Waiting List
Step back in time as we visit the Amish and Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
May 2 Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Create an Edible Landscape
Through engaging, fun, hands-on activities, you will learn how humans can create delightful urban landscapes that benefit people and our local environment while yielding an abundance of food.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
May 2 Saturday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fishing Basics
Learn the basics of fishing and have an opportunity to try and catch some fish from the shore of Easter Lake. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a 2015 Iowa fishing license.

Programs Easter Lake Park
May 5 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Floating Through History
This program is not just for paddlers, this is an entertaining look at the natural and cultural resources that canoeists, visitors, and residents may experience along our waterways.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 5 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bees of Iowa
State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, will talk about what is happening in Iowa with honey bees and their beekeepers. Andrew will discuss exactly what a honey bee colony is and what they do.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 9 Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Central Iowa River Kayak Trips
Join us as we kayak down a 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
May 14 Thursday
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 Thomas Mitchell Park
May 15 Friday
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Catch-n-Croakers
Learn to identify frogs by sight and sound before sloshing into the wetlands to catch these amazing creatures. Bring your own net and flashlight. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.

Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
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


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