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Sep 23 Tuesday
7:00
Apple Fest -Eco Bus Trip Full! Please add name to waiting list.
Enjoy the bountiful fruit of Fall at the vintage apple orchards of Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Sep 23 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Nature Friends - Nutty Squirrels
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 27-28 Saturday
9:00 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.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Oct 3 Friday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.

Programs Yellow Banks Park
Oct 5 Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Amazing Place Eco Challenge
Do you enjoy watching “The Amazing Race”? Have you dreamed of participating in daunting mental and physical challenges in exotic locations? Well wish no more and sign up for “The Amazing Place Eco Challenge” at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.

Special Events Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 6 Monday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nature Friends - Migration Sensation
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
Oct 7 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
O.W.L.S. - Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage
David Thoreson shares his stories of three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats and the quest for the infamous Northwest Passage.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 7 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Spiders
What has eight eyes, fangs, and spins silk? Spiders, of course! Discuss the fears and myths about these eight legged animals.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 8-9 Wednesday
7:30
Decorah Discovery Overnight - Bus Trip Full! Add name to waiting list.
Explore scenic NE Iowa on a two day extravaganza of discovery!

Trips Polk County Education Programs
Oct 11 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
Oct 18-31 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Fall Colors Hike
Come enjoy the season! A naturalist will lead a nature hike through the woods and explain the brilliance of fall colors.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 24 Friday
6:00 PM - 7:29 PM
Owl Prowl
Join a naturalist for a lively campfire program to learn about owls. After a discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different owl species.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 25 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.

Special Events Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 28 Tuesday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nature Friends - Going Batty
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 28 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 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 5 Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
O.W.L.S. - Bird Conservation in Northeast Iowa
For the past 33 years, Jon Stravers, Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge - Bird Conservation Coordinator, has specialized in monitoring Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles and Cerulean Warblers along the Mississippi River.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 5 Wednesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bird Conservation in Northeast Iowa
For the past 33 years, Jon Stravers, Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge - Bird Conservation Coordinator, has specialized in monitoring Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles and Cerulean Warblers along the Mississippi River.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 6 Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PCC Book Worms
Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing The Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Nov 8 Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop
A short discussion about ways to collect and use runoff water will be held before participants construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel.

Programs Easter Lake Park
Nov 13 Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Archery Basics
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
Dec 2 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
O.W.L.S. - River Critters and Wildlife
Paddling Iowa rivers since the age of 12, Dr. Jim Pease is a wildlife and interpretive specialist who will help you find and understand the wildlife along Iowa’s rivers.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 2 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Winter Birds
This presentation might make you the envy of the neighborhood. Learn all of the secrets to setting up a successful bird feeding station where you live.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 4 Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PCC Book Worms
Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

Programs Polk County Education Programs


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