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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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 26 Saturday 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ninth Annual Rock Creek Catfish Classic
The Clinton County Conservation Foundation is hosting this tournament to raise funds for nature center displays
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 26 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dutch Oven Cooking Program
Join us at Lake Iowa to learn about Dutch Oven Cooking!
Programs Iowa Lake Iowa Park
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.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 3 Sunday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Glow Wild
Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks, and live music - all illuminated by an evening bonfire.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 3 Sunday 4:00 PM Summer Concert Series Featuring Josh Lawler
Join us for a free, family friendly, outdoor concert set against the stunning Missouri River featuring Josh Lawler with free food provided by HyVee.
Special Events Pottawattamie Narrows River Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 8:00 AM Trick or Treat Hike Registration
September 5 is the date to call in and make your reservations for the annual Trick or Treat Hike. The actual hike and trick or treating will take place Saturday October 14.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pelicans in the Sky
The American white pelicans are here! Learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns in Iowa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Friday 3:00 PM Buy Two Nights, Get One Free Camping
Free camping voucher when you pay for two nights!
Special Events Des Moines 4th Pumping Plant Recreation Area
Sep 8 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 9 Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Women in the Outdoors
Women ages 14 on up (those age 14-17 must attend with adult). Event will be hosted at Oak Grove Park from 8 am- 4:30 pm. Cost for the day is $45 payable to the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Sep 16 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Migrating Monarchs
Come out to Lake Iowa Park to learn about the amazing Monarch Butterfly!
Programs Iowa Lake Iowa Park
Sep 21 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 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. Co-sponsored by Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.
Programs Polk Easter Lake Park
Sep 22-24 Friday Halloween at McFarlane Park
Halloween at McFarlane Park
Special Events Black Hawk McFarlane Park
Sep 22 Friday Wild Women of the Woods
The fifth annual Wild Women of the Woods event will take place September 22-24 at Hickory Grove Park!
Programs Story Hickory Grove Park
Sep 22 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing on the Equinox
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations on the autumnal equinox! Local astronomers will provide telescopes for viewing.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 26 Tuesday 6:00 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 30 Saturday 3:00 PM Dutch Oven Gathering
Calling all area Dutch Oven cookers, join us at Turkey Ridge Campground on September 30 for a night of cooking. Dishes will be judged starting at 6 pm.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Oct 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Iowa Arboretum
Mark Schneider, Executive Director of the Iowa Arboretum, Mark will speak about one of his favorite public gardens, the Iowa Arboretum.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 13-15 Friday Halloween at Black Hawk Park
Halloween at Black Hawk Park
Special Events Black Hawk Black Hawk Park
Oct 14 Saturday 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Trick or Treat Hike 2017
Join us for a fun evening of Trick or Treating at Oak Grove Park.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Oct 20 Friday 3:00 PM Buy Two Nights, Get One Free Camping
Free camping voucher when you pay for two nights!
Special Events Des Moines 4th Pumping Plant Recreation Area
Oct 21 Saturday 2017 Youth Mentor Pheasant Hunt
Youth ages 12- 15 are invited to join the Sioux Prairie Pheasants Forever and the Sioux County Conservation Board for this fun filled morning of pheasant hunting.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Oct 21 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration Work Days
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park

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