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Jan 29 Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Book Worms - Last Child in the Woods
Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Jan 31 Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cross-Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Feb 1 Sunday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hog Wild Winter Hike
Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter. We’ll discuss how the groundhog is a master of hibernation and even get the chance to see how good we are at surviving hibernation.

Programs Brown's Woods
Feb 3 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - The Life and times of J. Sterling Morton
This two-act living history program introduces the audience to the life of J. Sterling Morton, from his birth in New York to his death in Nebraska City.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 3 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mammals of Iowa
From big to small, mammals are an amazing group of animals. Join us as we learn about Iowa’s mammals, including where they live and what they eat.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 8 Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Carney Marsh Restoration
A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday each month at Carney Marsh.

Programs Carney Marsh
Feb 8 Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ice Fishing Clinic
Come and learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a valid fishing license. Bait and poles will be provided. Bring something to sit on and dress warmly.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 14 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sweetheart Snowshoe Hike 1-2:30
Looking for something a little different to do with your sweetheart? Come learn how to snowshoe while exploring the great outdoors.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 14 Saturday
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sweetheart Snowshoe Hike 3:30-5
Looking for something a little different to do with your sweetheart? Come learn how to snowshoe while exploring the great outdoors.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cross Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside.

Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Feb 21 Saturday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ice Fishing Clinic
Come and learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a valid fishing license.

Programs Easter Lake Park
Feb 21-28 Saturday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Indoor Kayaking Basics
Got a case of cabin fever? Let’s go kayaking on a cold winter day! Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist in the comfort of a heated indoor pool.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Feb 22 Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitors Center to learn about our national symbol, the bald eagle. Then venture out to different areas around the lake to observe them in their natural setting.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 22 Sunday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Indoor Kayaking Basics
Got a case of cabin fever? Let’s go kayaking on a cold winter day! Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist in the comfort of a heated indoor pool.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Feb 26 Thursday
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Book Worms - Refuge
Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Mar 1 Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Carney Marsh Restoration
A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday each month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along.

Programs Carney Marsh
Mar 3 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Aldo Leopold: Roots of the 'Land Ethic' in Iowa
Join Steve Brower as he shares the life and times of Aldo Leopold. Leopold, born and raised in Burlington had an uncommon childhood that greatly influenced his career and the evolution of his Land Ethic’ philosophy.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 3 Tuesday
6:30 PM - 7:29 PM
Salamander Stories
Amphibian or reptile...lizard or frog...how would you describe a salamander? Learn how to identify a salamander and find out what’s special about this secretive animal.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 14 Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop 9-10
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
Mar 14 Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop 10-11
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
Mar 17 Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Survivor Day Camp
Campers will have fun learning and staying active. Activities will include archery, fishing skills, geocaching, and survival skills.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Reptiles of Iowa
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
Mar 18 Wednesday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bug Bonanza
Bees that dance, butterflies that migrate, spiders that get down and dance! Come check these out and much more in a bugtastic afternoon.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Wednesday
7:30 PM - 9:30 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.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 24 Tuesday
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


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