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Mar 1 Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Carney Marsh Restoration
A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday each month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along.

Programs Carney Marsh
Mar 3 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Aldo Leopold: Roots of the 'Land Ethic' in Iowa
Join Steve Brower as he shares the life and times of Aldo Leopold. Leopold, born and raised in Burlington had an uncommon childhood that greatly influenced his career and the evolution of his Land Ethic’ philosophy.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 3 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:29 PM
Salamander Stories
Amphibian or reptile...lizard or frog...how would you describe a salamander? Learn how to identify a salamander and find out what’s special about this secretive animal.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 14 Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop 9-10
A short discussion about ways to collect and use runoff water will be held before participants construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel.

Programs Easter Lake Park
Mar 14 Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop 10-11
A short discussion about ways to collect and use runoff water will be held before participants construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel.

Programs Easter Lake Park
Mar 16 Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Spring Break Riding Camp
Spring Break Riding Camps for ages 8 and up!

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 17 Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Survivor Day Camp
Campers will have fun learning and staying active. Activities will include archery, fishing skills, geocaching, and survival skills.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Reptiles of Iowa
Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Wednesday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bug Bonanza
Bees that dance, butterflies that migrate, spiders that get down and dance! Come check these out and much more in a bugtastic afternoon.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Wednesday
7:30 PM - 9:30 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
Mar 19 Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Spring Break Riding Camp
Spring Break Riding Camps- ages 8 and up!

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 20 Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Spring Break Riding Camp
Spring Break Riding Camp- ages 8 and up!

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 24 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Archery Basics
This class will focus on form and safety, giving students basics that will get them safely shooting, and offer a general feel for archery.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 26 Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Book Worms - Into the Wild
Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Mar 28-29 Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sandhill Crane Bus Trip
Join us on a trip to the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, to view the migration of nearly 500,000 sandhill cranes.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
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
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
Step back in time as we visit the Amish and Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri.

Trips Polk County Education Programs


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