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Sep 27 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Whooo's There
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 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes for viewing.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Oct 3 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends - Turning Trees and 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 Easter Lake Park
Oct 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS - (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Brenton Arboretum
Melissa Burdick, Executive Director of The Brenton Arboretum will describe the past, present, and future of The Brenton Arboretum, a botanical treasure in the Iowa countryside.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Superhero Spiders
Either you love them or hate them, spiders tend to evoke a strong response in many people. Come learn about these fascinating animals and how they perform superhero-like feats!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 6 Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 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
Oct 8 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 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 9 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. We will have a scavenger hunt, outdoor games, crafts, and live critters.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Oct 11-12 Tuesday 7:00 Discover Dubuque & Manchester Overnight Eco bus trip
Enjoy the Fall colors in eastern Iowa via a two day extravaganza! Luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Dubuque, the National Mississippi River Museum, Fenelon Street Elevator and more!
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Oct 11 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Snakes Alive
Snakes have some amazing adaptations for survival! We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Oct 18 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends - Unhuggable Animals
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 18 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Owl Mania
Owls aren’t scary, but find out why their prey don’t stand a chance against these rulers of the night sky!
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Oct 22 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. You can also try geocaching along your walk, GPS units will be available.
Special Events Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 22 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 spiders along the way that are worth special prizes.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 25 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:29 PM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Come learn the truth about this “grossly” misunderstood animal.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Nov 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Bison, a Keystone Species
Bison are a keystone species in North American prairies. Through grazing, wallowing, nutrient cycling, and seed dispersal, bison altered their historic range in ways that are not found in most prairie reconstructions.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 5 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Geocaching Basics
Never heard of geocaching or always wanted to give it a try? Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using a GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Jester Park.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 6 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Native American History Day
Join us as we celebrate the history of Native Americans at Yellow Banks Park. Get hands on experience constructing a tipi and try throwing an atlatl. Don’t know what an atlatl is?
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Nov 12 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Barrel Birdhouses
Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist and build a home for one of your favorite backyard animals. You’ll be given a plastic 15-gallon barrel and necessary supplies.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 12 Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Soap Making
With recent interest in more “natural” lifestyles, the art of soap making is gaining popularity. Let Mitchell County Naturalist, Chelsea Ewen, help you discover the history, chemistry, process, and benefits of making your own homemade soap.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 15 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Indoor Archery
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
Nov 18-20 Friday 6:00 PM Mentored Deer Experience
The Mentored Deer Experience (MOE) is a Friday-Sunday workshop designed to allow inexperienced deer hunters the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and participate in a controlled deer hunt with a mentor.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Return of the Natives: Bobcats and other Large Carnivores
William R. Clark, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University will discuss the return of predators to the Midwest.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park