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Apr 1 Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Build a Willow Garden Tower - Cancelled!
Participants will build and decorate a free-standing willow garden tower up to seven feet in height (just be sure you can take it home!) The group will learn the fundamentals of construction and gather willow in the park.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Apr 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - South Georgia Island
In the Southern Atlantic Ocean, nestled half-way between the tips of South America and Africa, is a 100 mile long island archipelago featuring unrivaled alpine beauty.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Planting with Natives
A yard landscaped with native plants (those species that occurred in Iowa historically) hums with wildlife.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 8 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Budding Birders
During this program, will discuss the seven “S” of bird watching. We will use our new skills to identify birds at the nearby bird blind and along the trails.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 21 Friday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Trash Bash
Earth Day kicks off with a Bash at noon downtown including sponsor and volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths.
Special Events Polk County Education Programs
Apr 21 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join us 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.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Earth Day Geocache Hunt
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the Lorax and his treasures. Keep an eye out for truffula trees along the way!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 29 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
May 1 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM May Day Hike
May Day celebrates the arrival of spring. Take a short hike looking for spring wildflowers then make a May Day basket to take home.
Programs Brown's Woods
May 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Our State Fair is a Great State Fair
Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have collectively made up our unique August experience.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 6 Saturday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Birds and Bagels
Join a PCC Naturalist at the largest urban forest in the state of Iowa for bagels and beverages while you learn about bird identification and the uniqueness of Brown’s Woods.
Programs Brown's Woods
May 8 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Eggciting Facts
3 to 5 year olds exploring nature with an adult. An action packed hour of nature discovery.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
May 11 Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Amana Colonies Eco-Bus Trip
Tour the historic Amana Colonies, enjoy lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn and laugh along with your friends at an afternoon show at the Old Creamery Theatre. Step on board....re-discover Iowa with us!
Trips Polk County Education Programs
May 13 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bike and Cache
Grab your bike and join us on a biking and geocaching adventure! We’ll meet at Carney Marsh and bike over 5 miles on the Gay Lea Wilson Trail to Mally’s Park. Along the way we’ll search for geocaches hidden near the trail.
Programs Carney Marsh
May 19 Friday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Catch-n-Croakers
Learn to identify frogs by sight and sound before sloshing into the wetlands to catch these amazing creatures.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
May 23 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends, Watch Me Grow
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 23 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Watch Me Grow!
A nature adventure for 3 to 5 year olds with an adult. Come explore local parks with a Naturalist.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
May 27 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park Four Mile Creek Band
The Four Mile Creek Band plays a variety of acoustic music including traditional bluegrass, contemporary bluegrass sounds and old time country and gospel.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 1 Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Gardens, Balloons & Spirits Eco-bus trip
Step on board for a day of discovery in Warren County from Hot Air balloons, to the Annette Nature Center to fairy gardens.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 2 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dragons in Polk County
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn how these magnificent aerialists spend most of their day hovering, diving, flying backwards and upside down.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - The Art of Conservation: a Visit with Ding Darling
Tom Milligan, as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register.
Other Location Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 7 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Birding Bonanza
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
Jun 7 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Wild Edibles
Ever wonder what those pesky weeds in your yard are good for? Come take a walk on the wild edibles side! You’ll learn to identify the common, edible plants around you and get a few new recipes to try at home!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 8-12 Thursday 7:00 AM Current River Kayak Trip - Trip is Full
Trip is Full - Join Polk County Conservation and Story County Conservation naturalists on this five-day paddling adventure on the Current River, in Missouri.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 8 Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing
Research confirms the health benefits of time spent in nature, everything from improving mental health to lowering your blood pressure and fighting cancer. Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing.
Programs Polk County Education Programs