Jester, Lewis A., Park

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Jun 26-29 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Water Wonders Camp - FULL
Come and get your feet wet as we discover all we can about water. We’ll compare ponds, rivers, lakes, and wetlands plus the animals that live in them.
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Jun 27 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Geocaching
Geocaching – Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you.
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Jun 28 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Natures Playdates - Life in a Pond
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.
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Jun 29 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures
Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time?
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Jun 29 Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Survival Hike
Survival Hike - Learn how to build a shelter, start a fire and even what types of plants are edible.
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Jul 1 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park - Tropical Steel
This Caribbean Steel Band has been performing their “sweet island sounds” since 1997
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Jul 5 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Gaints of the Prairie
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.
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Jul 10-13 Monday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Discovery Camp - FULL
This camp is all about animals! Learn about the basic animal groups: insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. There will be plenty of games, live animals, snacks, and more!
Youth Camps
Jul 10 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Canoeing
Canoeing – Participants will learn about types of canoes, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
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Jul 11 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - People and Pollinators
Pollinators play a key role in providing the food we eat — one in every three bites, to be exact.
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Jul 12 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Archery
Archery – Learn the basics of archery by focusing on form and safety. We’ll cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow.
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Jul 17 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Kayaking - FULL
Kayaking – Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
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Jul 19 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Geocaching
Geocaching – Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you.
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Jul 21 Friday 8:30 PM - 10:30 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.
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Jul 24 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Survival Hike
Survival Hike - Learn how to build a shelter, start a fire and even what types of plants are edible.
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Jul 26 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:28 AM Nature Playdate - Rock Hunt
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.
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Aug 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Water Quality in the Des Moines Metro Watershed
Watershed Management Authority Coordinator John Swanson will be discussing the future of water quality in the Des Moines Metro area. Efforts are underway to improve the water quality and reduce flooding in our local streams.
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Aug 22 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Foraging for Mushrooms
This program will cover proper Identification of your most basic edible mushrooms of Iowa. We will also focus on what time of year to start looking for specific species of Mushrooms.
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Sep 2 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park
“The Boys Name Sue” – A Tribute to Johnny Cash have taken the region by storm with their tribute to the “Man in Black”, Johnny Cash.
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Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors- History of Iowa Wildlife
For all the challenges facing Iowa’s wildlife populations and their habitats, reflection on the history of our state’s wildlife reveals many conservation success stories.
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