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Sep 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. - History of the Iowa County Conservation Board System
Tom Hazelton serves as the CEO of Iowa's County System. Tom has nearly 40-year career in county conservation yields a unique perspective on the history, expansion and success of this 99-county system.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 1 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pelicans in Iowa
The American white pelicans are here! Come and learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park - The Big Joe Kinser Band
The Big Joe Kinser band are purveyors of musical adventures in the realms of Western Swing, Outlaw & alt Country, Honky Tonk and Southern Rock.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 9 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 11 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Sep 17 Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM Stone City Eco-Bus Trip - FULL Please add name to waiting list
Explore the rolling hills, picturesque community, and scenic views of Jones County, the boyhood home of Grant Wood. Tour the historic Stone City, enjoy lunch along the scenic Wapsipinicon River.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 17 Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Catfishing Basics
Have you always wanted to catch a flat head or channel cat? In this hands-on class you’ll learn about catfish biology, what and when they eat, where to find them, and more.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Sep 19 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 20 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Butterfly Festival
Join us for the second annual Monarch Festival at the Zoo. We will have meet and greets with local butterfly and bee experts, crafts and activities for kids, puppet shows and a “Bug Parade” where kids can dress up as their favorite insect.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Sep 26 Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, trap shooting, BB Guns, geocaching and much more. Free family event.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Sep 26 Saturday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Youth Waterfowl Fun Field Day
Come learn the basics of waterfowl hunting while having lots of fun. Sessions will include dog training, calling, decoy setup, waterfowl identification, gun and blind safety, rules and regulations, and waterfowl ecology.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 26-27 Saturday 5:00 PM Overnight Trail Campout
Summer is upon us and the Jester Park EQ Center is a beautiful place to interact with horses in a beautiful, natural setting. New this year, we will be hosting our Overnight Trail Ride program.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 27 Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, trap shooting, BB Guns, geocaching and much more. Free family event.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Oct 4 Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Four Mile Creek Sweep
Strap on your boots and waders and get muddy with the Conservation team! In an effort to improve water quality, we will be sweeping Four Mile Creek for tires and other debris as well as clean up litter in and around Mally’s Park.
Programs Mally's Weh-Weh-Neh-Kee Park
Oct 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS - Travels in Nepal
Join Ray and Margaret Harden as they share pictures and stores of their recent trip to Nepal. Nepal is called the "Top of the World", as it has eight of the world's ten tallest mountain peaks.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 6 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dem Bones
Explore the differences between bird, mammal, fish, and reptile bones. We’ll also look at insects and exoskeletons as an alternative to bones.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 10 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Would your child like to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting? This mentored hunt in a controlled waterfowl hunting area at Chichaqua can provide this opportunity.
Special Events Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 10 Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Walk for Wildlife
Enjoy a family walk through the park or extend your trip with a 5 or 10-kilometer Volkssport walk.
Special Events Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 11 Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Carney Marsh Restoration
A DMACC crew of Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday of every month for the rest of the year at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along on any month
Programs Carney Marsh
Oct 11 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fall Frenzy
Bring your family for a day of fall fun! Come explore Walker Johnston Park and all the amenities it has to offer.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Oct 13-14 Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Honey Creek Resort/Lake Rathbun Overnight Eco-Bus Trip
Journey with us to southern Iowa for a unique overnight escape at Honey Creek Resort. Fall foliage, a luncheon cruise on Lake Rathbun, a golf cart brigade, campfire stories and more await you on this two day trip to southern Iowa.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Oct 17 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Fall Hike
Come enjoy the season! A naturalist will lead a nature hike through the woods and explain the brilliance of fall colors.
Programs Brown's Woods
Oct 23 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Owl Prowl
Join a naturalist for a lively campfire program to learn about owls. After a discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different owl species.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Oct 24 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Pumpkin Hunt
Join a naturalist to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find some pumpkins, collecting prizes and candy along the way! Be sure to keep an eye out for bats along the way that are worth special prizes.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 24 Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Moonlight Seed Harvest
Join us if you dare for a spooktacular moonlight seed harvest followed by a bonfire s’more cookout!
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt