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Dec 22 Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JPEC Winter Break Camp #1
Need to do some last minute shopping? Are your kid’s going stir crazy in the house? Bring them out for some horsey fun over the holiday season.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 23 Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JPEC Winter Break Camp #2
Need to do some last minute shopping? Are your kid’s going stir crazy in the house? Bring them out for some horsey fun over the holiday season

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 26 Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JPEC Winter Break Camp #3
Need to do some last minute shopping? Are your kid’s going stir crazy in the house? Bring them out for some horsey fun over the holiday season.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 29 Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
JPEC Winter Break Camp #4
Need to do some last minute shopping? Are your kid’s going stir crazy in the house? Bring them out for some horsey fun over the holiday season.

Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 29 Monday
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Animal Winter Survival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive through a long cold Iowa winter.

Programs Polk County Education Programs
Dec 30 Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cross-Country Ski Basics - 10 am
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will also be discussed.

Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Dec 30 Tuesday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Cross-Country Ski Basics - 12:30 pm
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will also be discussed.

Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Jan 2, 2015 Friday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Snowshoe Hike
Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors.

Programs Easter Lake Park
Jan 6 Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OWLS - Peregrine Falcons in Iowa
Pat Schlarbaum has had the opportunity to link Peregrine Falcons with quite a number of environmentalists, falconers, and citizens to return these birds to Iowa skies.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 10 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 16 Friday
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Owl Prowl
Bundle up and join a naturalist for a campfire program to learn about owls. After a brief discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 17 Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Snowshoe Hike
Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors. Wear warm waterproof boots. Class will be canceled without snow.

Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Jan 17 Saturday
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fossils of Iowa
Did dinosaurs or wooly mammoths ever live in Iowa? Come find out what kinds of ancient life used to here by examining some real fossils.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 17 Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cosmic Connections
We will compare and contrast the planets in our solar system using 3D sized models. We’ll also participate in an activity that demonstrates how close the sun and planets are to one another.

Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 24 Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Invasive Species Round-up
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species.

Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 24 Saturday
6:00 PM - 8:00 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
Jan 25 Sunday
6:00 PM - 8:00 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
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


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