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Aug 1-5 Monday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM JPEC "Horses Through History" Summer Camp (Ages 10+)
Calling all horse crazy campers! In this unique week of camp we'll go back in time and learn all about horses and their influence through modern history. Get a taste of different riding styles through the week. Ages 12yo+
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 1-3 Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM FULL - JPEC- Tiny Tots "Horse Adventures" Camp (Ages 5-7)
Due to overwhelming demand, we have added another NEW week of Tiny Tots Camp. Come and join us for a horse adventure!
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - What’s New with Polk County Conservation?
Director, Richard Leopold, will share how Polk County Conservation and the Great Outdoors Foundation are teaming up to bring one of Iowa’s leading nature centers to this area.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 2 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Iowa 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 3 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Nature Playdates - Geo the Geode
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 6 Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM River Fishing
Join Catfish Getters Pro Staff and Iowa DNR Fish Iowa! Angler Educator, Barb Gigar at Walnut Woods State Park to learn about catfishing on the Raccoon River! Ever wondered what a diddy pole was or how to use it?
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Aug 8-10 Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM FULL! - JPEC "Let's Go to the Fair" 1/2 Day Summer Camp (Ages 8-10)
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. Ages 8-10 years old.
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 8 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:29 PM Nature Friends - Beaver Buddies
Preschoolers Exploring Nature 3-5-year olds with an adult 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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 Fort Des Moines Park
Aug 13 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Creek Walk
Take a walk and cool off as we explore and investigate life in an Iowa stream.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 16 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Intro to Archery
Ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Join us at Archery Field and Sports in Altoona for Intro to Archery! Iowa DNR Archery Coordinator, Donise Petersen and Archery Field and Sports’ Mark Wagner will be hosting the event.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Aug 23 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Tricky Tracks
Preschoolers Exploring Nature 3-5-year olds with an adult 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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 27 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Aug 30 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Rock of Ages - Grotto of the Redemption, Eco Bus trip
Rock on with Polk County Conservation to view the eight Wonder of the World. We will also hear the story of the Trumpeter Swan reintroduction to Iowa.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 3 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park - Topical Steel
Join us for Music in the Park on Labor Day Weekend with Tropical Steel. This Caribbean Steel Band has been performing their “sweet island sounds” since 1997.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 4 Sunday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Glow wild
Come ‘Glow Wild’ with your family on Sunday, September 4th at Jester Park from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, live music, night hikes and a kids’ prairie maze.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Camp Dodge: Home Away from Home
Michael Vogt, Curator, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, will share stories on the organization, construction, disease, camp life, and other facets of military training conducted at Camp Dodge during World War I.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 Tuesday 6:00 PM Practical Conservationist
Are you a person that loves being outdoors and/or feels a real connection with the natural world? Do you try to enhance your property in the name of conservation?
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:28 PM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We’ll talk about why monarch butterflies are “tagged” and even try tagging a few!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 10 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Prairie Exploration
Come explore Iowa’s tall grass prairie. We will search for insects and attempt to catch and tag monarch butterflies as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico. This program is co-sponsored by the Blank Park Zoo.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 12 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:29 PM Nature Friends - Animal Homes
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 Brown's Woods
Sep 16 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:29 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join PCC naturalists 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. Afterward enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 18 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monarch Festival
Join us for the third 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.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Sep 20 Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM Going Greene! Eco bus trip
Journey to historic Greene County, Jefferson Iowa. Tour the RVP~1875 Historic Furniture shop, ride the elevator to the top of the 168 ft Carillon Bell tower, see Sally's bird alley and more.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 24 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM 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 24 Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, trap shooting, shooting BB guns, geocaching and much more. Free family event! Visit www.iowadnr.gov/expo for more information.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs