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Feb 23 Thursday 10:00 AM An Animal Encounter
Explore the world of animals!
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Feb 24 Friday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friends of Rock Creek Trivia Night
A fun night with trivia!
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Feb 25 Saturday 9:00 AM Build a Fishing Rod
Build your own custom rod to use this summer!
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Feb 26 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about our national symbol, the bald eagle. Then venture outside to view them in their natural setting. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 27 Monday 4:00 PM Sip and Smear!
For this fun activity, elementary-age children will enjoy a short nature program, and will then paint a related picture on canvas while they sip on some hot cocoa.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Mar 2-4 Thursday Hunter Education
Hunter education is designed to introduce students to life-long skills important to the many different types of outdoor recreation.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Mar 6 Monday Partners Photo Contest Submissions
Do you enjoy photography? Story County Conservation Partners sponsors an annual photo contest to encourage the public to visit and photograph the beauty and recreational activities in SCC parks and natural areas.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Mar 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors): Neta Snook
Come hear the first-person portrayal of Neta Snook given by Rosemary Harris who tells the story of a fearless: forgotten aviator who was the first female aviator ever accepted into flying school and to run a commercial airfield.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Mar 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Iowa Phenology
Simply put, phenology is an awareness of the natural rhythms of life. Most people already have some awareness of those rhythms: flowering plants, migrating birds, seasonal changes.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 7 Tuesday 6:30 PM Neta Snook
Come hear the first-person portrayal of Neta Snook given by Rosemary Harris who tells the story of a fearless and forgotten aviator.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Mar 11 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:28 PM Wild Night Life & 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
Mar 13-14 Monday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM JPEC Spring Break Camp - Horseplay (Ages 8-10)
Sign your child up for this fun horse filled camp! We will take a wagon ride, do a craft and pick up plenty of horse knowledge in their riding lesson!
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 15 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Survivor Camp
Campers will have fun learning and staying active. Activities will include archery, geocaching, and survival skills. Students will make their own lunch over a fire they help build.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 15 Wednesday 6:00 PM Indoor Archery
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 16-17 Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM JPEC Spring Break Camp - Horse'n Around (Ages 10+)
Sign your child up for this fun horse filled camp! We will take a wagon ride, do a craft and pick up plenty of horse knowledge in their riding lesson!
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 17 Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cabin Fever Day Camp - 4th-6th grades
Spring is right around the corner and it's time to get outside!
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Mar 17 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Iowa Reptiles
Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate. This program will feature live snakes.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Saturday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Solar Eclipse Program
Join guest speaker Mr. Derryl Barr to learn about solar eclipses.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Mar 23 Thursday 7:00 PM Born to be Wild
Join us for this presentation as Iowa Wildlife Center Executive Director Marlene Ehresman addresses common wildlife misconceptions and gives a fresh perspective on how to interact with wildlife that may or may not need help.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Mar 25 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Geocaching Basics
Come learn the basics of geoaching and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Fort Des Moines Park.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Mar 25 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Geocaching Hike
Come discover the fun and excitement of geocaching, the high tech outdoor scavenger hunt that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit!
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Mar 25 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Rock & Fossil I.D. Day
Do you have some rocks or fossils sitting around that you want identified? If so bring them to this event.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Mar 28 Tuesday 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. All materials and tools will be provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 1 Saturday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Build a Willow Garden Tower
Participants will build and decorate a free-standing willow garden tower up to seven feet in height (just be sure you can take it home!) The group will learn the fundamentals of construction and gather willow in the park.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Apr 1 Saturday 1:00 PM Birdapalooza
Come enjoy an afternoon all about birds! Go on a guided birding hike, meet a live raptor, create a bird feeding treat and crafts, play some games, and then participate in the Iowa Bird of Mouth project to write a publish a poem!
Programs Story McFarland Park

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