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May 27 Saturday 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM 5K Fun Run/Walk
Walk the trails at Lake Icaria for a great cause!
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
May 27 - Oct 28 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to Land Management - Six-Class Series
This six-class series is designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.
Programs Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
May 27 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to Land Management May Session
Register for the May session of this six-class series designed to provide members of the public the basic knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a healthy environment in a Midwestern natural areas setting.
Programs Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
May 27 - Jul 1 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Naturalist School 2017 Summer Field Season: Five Workshop Series
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
May 27 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Naturalist School 2017 Summer Field Season: Session #1
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
May 27 Saturday 9:00 AM Youth Fishing Clinic
Youth Fishing Clinic cosponsored by the North Linn Fish and Game Club
Programs Linn Pinicon Ridge Park
May 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Youth Fishing Clinic (12 and under)
Register at Bobbers Down Marina by 10:00AM. Open to ages 12 and under.
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
May 27 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Music in the Park Four Mile Creek Band
The Four Mile Creek Band plays a variety of acoustic music including traditional bluegrass, contemporary bluegrass sounds and old time country and gospel.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 2-4 Friday Iowa Free Fishing Days
FISH FREE
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
Jun 2-4 Friday 3:00 Free Camping & Fishing Weekend
Free Camping & Fishing Weekend!
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Jun 2 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dragons in Polk County
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn how these magnificent aerialists spend most of their day hovering, diving, flying backwards and upside down.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 3 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Naturalist School 2017 Summer Field Season: Session #2
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
Jun 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Kid's Fishing Day
Catch a fish!
Programs Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
Jun 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Camp 101
This camp is designed for campers accompanied by adults to help our younger learners get to know our staff and become familiar with our camp programs so they can gain confidence to attend one of our camps solo.
Youth Camps Pottawattamie Hitchcock Nature Center
Jun 6-10 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Caterpillar Camp
Registration opens March 23, 2017 4-6 PM at the Education Center at Swan Lake State Park. You may register after this date in person but it is first come, first serve.
Youth Camps Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Jun 6-8 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Caterpillars and Butterflies
Give your child a love of nature!
Youth Camps Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Jun 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - The Art of Conservation: a Visit with Ding Darling
Tom Milligan, as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register.
Other Location Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 6 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Painting Class with “Fresh Paint”
This is a “Paint and Sip” class (BYOB). 2 hour event...step by step, firefly themed, painting instructions on a 11x14 canvas.
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Jun 7 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Birding Bonanza
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
Jun 7 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Paddling 101
Paddling was never this fun!!
Programs Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Jun 7 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Wild Edibles
Ever wonder what those pesky weeds in your yard are good for? Come take a walk on the wild edibles side! You’ll learn to identify the common, edible plants around you and get a few new recipes to try at home!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 8 Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Outdoor Skill Day- 2017
Join us June 8, 2017 for our annual Outdoor Skills Day Event. The day will be packed with many activities to participate in. Including: canoeing, archery, shotgun, and many more outdoor skills.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Jun 9 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 10 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Naturalist School 2017 Summer Field Season: Session #3
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
Jun 10 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Outdoor Cooking
Participants will learn the basics of outdoor cooking techniques including cast iron Dutch ovens, tin turtles/hobo packs in the campfire, and pudgy pies.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park

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