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Jul 23 Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Summer Skills - Survival and Shelter Building (FULL)
Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Jul 23 Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Nature Playdate - Stream Walk
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 Brown's Woods
Jul 24 Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Stroller Strut - Gay Lea Wilson Trail
You’re never too young to enjoy nature! These guided walks are geared toward parents, grandparents, caregivers and their wee ones who’d like to explore our parks and trails, stretch their legs and learn something new about a natural area.

Programs Gay Lea Wilson Trail
Jul 24 Thursday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover Your Parks - Stick Hike
Join a naturalist in one of our parks this summer for an afternoon of fun. Each program will start with a discussion followed by an activity.

Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Jul 24 Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Insect Safari
From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collection and an insect hunt.

Programs Yellow Banks Park
Jul 25 Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Summer Skills - River Float Trip (Cancelled)
Participants will learn how to “read a river”, navigate rapids, and gain an understanding of river ecology.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Jul 26 Saturday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Music in the Park - Speaker: Jennifer Pharr Davis
Join us for a little something different than music this week. Jennifer Pharr Davis will share her adventures from the Applachian Trail. Jennifer has hiked over 12,000 miles on long distance trails.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 28 - Aug 1 Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
"Overnight Delight"- Horseback Riding Camp
Can’t get enough of the Jester Park Equestrian Center horses? This unique camp is designed to give campers the best of both worlds; it’s part day camp with an overnight on Thursday night!

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 29 Tuesday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover Your Parks - Prairie Pollinators
Join a naturalist in one of our parks this summer for an afternoon of fun. Each program will start with a discussion followed by an activity.

Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Jul 30 Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Nature's Story Hour - Snakes Alive
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Jul 31 Thursday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover Your Parks - Play with Clay
Join a naturalist in one of our parks this summer for an afternoon of fun. Each program will start with a discussion followed by an activity.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 2 Saturday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Music in the Park - Brian Joens
Join us for Music in the Park with Brian Joens for some folk, rock, and country music. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to sit on.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 4 Monday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Nature Friends - Turtle Talk
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
Aug 5-7 Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
"Tiny Tots"- Ages 5-8 Horse Camp-FULL
Do you know a young child who loves horses? You know the one; they are always begging to take the pony ride at the fair or asking Santa to deliver a horse just in time for Christmas.... this is the camp for them!

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 5 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Plant.Grow.Fly.
Jessie Lowry with the Blank Park Zoo will share their project aimed to help our native pollinators thrive.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 5 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 5 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pond Study
Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 6 Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Nature Playdate - Rock Hunt
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 12 Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Princess Adventures - Butterflies
Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them).

Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Aug 13 Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Nature's Story Hour - Giants of the Prairie
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 14 Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Stroller Strut - Gay Lea Wilson Trail
You’re never too young to enjoy nature! These guided walks are geared toward parents, grandparents, caregivers and their wee ones who’d like to explore our parks and trails, stretch their legs and learn something new about a natural area.

Programs Gay Lea Wilson Trail
Aug 14 Thursday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Giants of the Prairie
Bison and elk were tow of the largest animals to ever roam across Iowa. What happened to them and where did they go?

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 16 Saturday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Music in the Park - Tropical Steel
Join us for Music in the Park with Tropical Steel. This Caribbean Steel Band has been performing their “sweet island sounds” around Iowa since 1997.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 19 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:27 PM
Nature Friends - Wiggly Worms
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 23 Saturday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Music in the Park - Dennis Kain
Join us for Music in the Park with Dennis Kain. He sings a variety of country, blues, folk, and pop. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to sit on.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park


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