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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 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 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 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 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 10-14 Monday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Day Camp - Outdoor Adventures! - FULL
Children entering the fifth and sixth grades will enjoy various outdoor activities and improve their outdoor skills.
Youth Camps Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
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 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 17 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Kayaking
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jul 27-28 Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Canoeing & Fishing Adventures
This camp is for children entering 7th & 8th grades and will focus on fishing and canoeing skills.
Youth Camps Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Jul 31 Monday Paddle Boarding Basics
Stand-up paddle boarding is the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Come learn about different boards and have fun trying your skills out on the water.
Special Events Story Peterson Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 5 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM River Float/Cleanup
Join the Mason City Earth Day Committee and Lime Creek Nature Center as we float a beautiful stretch of the Winnebago River, picking up trash along the way.
Special Events Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Aug 8-10 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Tiny Tot Nature Camp
Children ages 4-6 will get to know the creatures of the pond, woods, and prairie through stories, crafts, and more!
Youth Camps Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Aug 8-10 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Insectigations!
Insectigations!: Children ages 7 & 8 will learn all about the fascinating world of bugs and their amazing behaviors at this hands-on camp.
Youth Camps Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Aug 21 Monday 5:00 PM Birds, Butterflies & Bees - Landscaping with Natives
Join our naturalist intern, Brianna Sholly, as she discusses how to create wildlife habitat in your own backyard.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
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 28 Monday 4:00 PM G.A.I.N. (Get Active in Nature) - Monarch Tagging
Join us on the Lime Creek prairie as we attempt to tag monarch butterflies.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
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

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