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Aug 19 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Insect Hunt
From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collection and an insect hunt. Nets will be provided.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Aug 21 Monday 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Solar Eclipse Party
For the first time in almost 40 years a total solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States. Here in Des Moines, a partial eclipse covering most but not all of the sun will occur.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Aug 22 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Nutty Squirrels
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Aug 22 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Foraging for Mushrooms
This program will cover proper Identification of your most basic edible mushrooms of Iowa. We will also focus on what time of year to start looking for specific species of Mushrooms.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 26-27 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pedaler's Jamboree
The Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! .
Special Events Chichaqua Valley Trail
Aug 26 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 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
Aug 29 Tuesday 7:00 Explore LeClaire & Herbert Hoover Historic Site Eco-bus trip Full! Add name to waitlist.
This trip is Full. Please add name to the waitlist. Step on board for a day of discovery in LeClaire and the Herbert Hoover Library in West Branch, IA.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 2 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park
“The Boys Name Sue” – A Tribute to Johnny Cash have taken the region by storm with their tribute to the “Man in Black”, Johnny Cash.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 3 Sunday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Glow Wild
Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks, and live music - all illuminated by an evening bonfire.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors- History of Iowa Wildlife
For all the challenges facing Iowa’s wildlife populations and their habitats, reflection on the history of our state’s wildlife reveals many conservation success stories.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pelicans in the Sky
The American white pelicans are here! Learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns in Iowa.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join us 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
Sep 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Learn why monarch butterflies are “tagged” and then we’ll use nets to catch and tag a few.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 11 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Monarch Tagging
An action packed hour of nature discovery for 3 to 5 year olds and an adult.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Sep 12 Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Parks, Art & Orchards Eco-Bus trip
Enjoy a day of discovery in Fort Dodge with PCC Eco-tours.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 17 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monarch Festival
Celebrate the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly! Crafts and activities will focus on how each of us can help save this iconic insect.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Sep 21 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Rain Barrel workshop
A short discussion about ways to collect and use runoff water will be held before participants construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel. Co-sponsored by Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.
Programs Easter Lake Park
Sep 22 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing on the Equinox
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations on the autumnal equinox! Local astronomers will provide telescopes for viewing.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Sep 23 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mentored 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.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 23-24 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Free family event! Try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, trap shooting, shooting BB guns, geocaching and more!
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Sep 24 Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fourmile Creek Sweep
Strap on your boots or waders and get muddy with the Conservation team! In an effort to improve water quality, we will be sweeping Fourmile Creek for tires and other debris as well as cleaning up litter in and around Mally’s Park.
Programs Mally's Weh-Weh-Neh-Kee Park
Sep 26 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing
Research confirms the health benefits of time spent in nature, everything from improving mental health to lowering your blood pressure and fighting cancer.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 26 Tuesday 6:28 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Falling Leaves
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Sep 30 Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Moonlight Seed Harvest
Join Polk County Conservation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a moonlit evening as we work to restore native prairie by collecting seed ready to harvest.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Iowa Arboretum
Mark Schneider, Executive Director of the Iowa Arboretum, Mark will speak about one of his favorite public gardens, the Iowa Arboretum.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park