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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
Middle Raccoon River Kayak Trip
Join us as we kayak down the Middle Raccoon 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
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
“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


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