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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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 29 Thursday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Budding Naturalist- Age 3 & 4- June 29, 2017- 8:30 am- noon
Budding Naturalist- Age 3 & 4- June 29, 2017- 8:30 am- noon
Youth Camps Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
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?
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 1 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Naturalist School 2017 Summer Field Season: Session #5
The Naturalist School at Hitchcock Nature Center field seasons are for those who seek to deepen awareness of, commitment to, and engagement in citizen science, nature education and conservation in Iowa's Loess Hills and the surrounding ecosystems.
Programs Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
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
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 2 Sunday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sand Volleyball Tournament
Sign up your team for a fun day of Sand Volleyball!
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
Jul 3 Monday Fireworks at Little Wall Lake Park
Enjoy fireworks over the lake
Special Events Hamilton Little Wall Lake Park
Jul 3 Monday 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Fireworks
Planning our best fireworks show ever!
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
Jul 4 Tuesday Kids Fishing Derby
Celebrate the Fourth with a Kids Fishing Derby!
Special Events Linn Pinicon Ridge Park
Jul 5 Wednesday Have Nature, Will Travel
Join us at a park in your area!!!
Programs Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Jul 5 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Insect Story Time
Campers along with an adult will learn about insects through a story, craft, fun game or activity.
Youth Camps Iowa Lake Iowa Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 5-7 Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Helping Hands Camp
Designed specifically for children of all ages with special needs along with their guardian or caregiver. This all ages camp is sure to bring out the nature lover in everyone.
Youth Camps Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
Jul 6-13 Thursday Junior Naturalist Campout
Registration opens March 23, 2017 4-6 PM at the Education Center at Swan Lake State Park. You may register after this date but it is first come, first serve.
Youth Camps Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Jul 6 Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Underground Treasures- Ages 7-9- July 6 & 7, 2017- 9 am- 2 pm
Underground Treasures- Ages 7-9- July 6 & 7, 2017- 9 am- 2 pm
Youth Camps Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Jul 7 Friday 3:00 PM Buy Two Nights, Get One Free Camping
Free camping voucher when you pay for two nights!
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Jul 8 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Family Fishing Clinic- Rivers Bend Campground
Family Fishing Clinic- Rivers Bend Campground-Rock Valley- July 8- 9 am- 11:30 pm
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Jul 8 Saturday 4:00 PM 2017 Speaker Series: A New Garden Ethic
The 2017 Speaker Series is a new programming series designed for teens & adults to provide them with an opportunity to learn from and interact with various authorities in the fields of conservation & environmental science.
Programs Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
Jul 8 Saturday 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Movie in the Park
Movie night!
Programs Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
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 Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 11-13 Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Survival 101: 5th & 6th Grade Camp
From canoeing to fort building come learn the skills to survive in many different outdoor environments.
Youth Camps Pottawattamie Arrowhead Park
Jul 11-12 Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Hunter Safety Camp (age 11-16)
Do you want your child to learn how to operate and respect firearms? In this camp, they will do just that while having the opportunity to receive their hunting safety certificate!
Youth Camps Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Jul 11-13 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM River Ramblers
Be a River Rambler!!
Youth Camps Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area

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