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Oct 24 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends Spunky Spiders
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
Oct 26 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Learn the truth about this grossly misunderstood animal.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Oct 27 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:28 PM Owl Prowl
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Oct 28 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Pumpkin Hunt
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 spiders along the way that are worth special prizes.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Nov 4 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Falconry, Past and Present
Falconry is the art of hunting with a trained bird of prey. Falconry is known to have been practiced by humans for over 3000 years!
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Nov 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Native American History Day
Celebrate the history of Native Americans at Yellow Banks Park. Try building a tipi or throwing an atlatl. We’ll also take a short hike to the last remaining burial mound in the park.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Nov 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Honey Bees
The 2017 Iowa Honey Queen, Carly Raye, will talk about honeybees, honey, beekeeping, and beyond!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 18 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Mountain Biking and Mindfulness: Finding Balance in Nature
Join us for a day of biking and integrative wellness with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medical Physician and Joe Hackenmiller, certified mountain bike instructor .
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Nov 18 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Woodland Restoration Work Day
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided.
Programs Easter Lake Park
Nov 18 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Turkey Trek
Come enjoy a 3-mile hike through beautiful Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s largest urban forest preserve. We’ll talk about turkeys and how animals are preparing for winter all while burning some calories.
Programs Brown's Woods
Dec 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - How Iowa was Made
Ancient sea creatures, woolly mammoths, and metros from outer space! Sound like a sci-fi movie? Actually, they all have something to do with the history of Iowa.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 9 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration Work Days
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 26 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Take a hike with a naturalist and discover the wonder of the forest in the winter.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Dec 27 Wednesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tricky Tracks
Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 27 Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tricky Tracks
Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 27 Wednesday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tricky Tracks
Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 28 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Animal Winter Surival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 28 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Animal Winter Survival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 28 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Snowshoe Hike
Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors.
Programs Easter Lake Park
Dec 28 Thursday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Animal Winter Survival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 29 Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Winter Birds
Learn the secrets to setting up a successful bird feeding station where you live. Feeder types, food varieties, placement, and types of birds drawn to feeders will be discussed.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 29 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Birds
Learn the secrets to setting up a successful bird feeding station where you live. Feeder types, food varieties, placement, and types of birds drawn to feeders will be discussed.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 29 Friday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Winter Birds
Learn the secrets to setting up a successful bird feeding station where you live. Feeder types, food varieties, placement, and types of birds drawn to feeders will be discussed.
Programs Polk County Education Programs