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Jul 29 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Talking Tails
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 30 Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Discover Your Parks - Bike Hike
Enjoy a leisurely ride with a naturalist on the new Mark C. Ackelson Trail. This ride is designed for families, so we'll make frequent stops.
Programs Easter Lake Park
Aug 1 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Freshwater Mussels
For something that looks like a living rock, mussels have a unique life cycle and interesting adaptations to the environment in which they live. This will be a mix of classroom and field sampling (weather permitting).
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 3-7 Monday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM FULL! " Horses and the Natural World", Beginner Riding/Nature Camp- Ages 8 and up
JPEC is a proud part of Polk County Conservation and invested in education on both our natural environment and the wonder of horses. This camp combines both aspects into one great week!
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. - The Bears of Katmai
Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula is well known as the "go to" place to see coastal brown bears. While many fear bears, and rightly so, it's possible to share the space and get along with them too.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 4 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Reptiles
Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Don’t Just Landscape...RAINSCAPE!
Rainscaping creates beautiful landscapes that manage water sustainably. Rain gardens, native landscaping, rainwater harvesting, permeable paving, and native turf are a few features you can incorporate on your own property.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 5 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Nature Playdates - Water Wonders
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
Aug 10-12 Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM FULL! 1/2 Day Camp- "Let's Go to the Fair", Beginner Riding Camp
This week's camp theme is in honor of our great Iowa State Fair! Campers will enjoy fair-themed activities alongside daily doses of horsemanship and horseback riding sessions.
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 22-23 Saturday 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
Aug 27 Thursday 6:30 AM - 7:15 PM Villages of Van Buren County Eco-Bus Trip- FULL Please add name to waiting list
Step into the past with a tour of the Amish and Mennonite community in Van Buren County. The American Gothic House in Eldon will be our first stop. The next stop will be Millard's Turtle Farm.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
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 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 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 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