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Mar 23 Thursday 6:30 PM Lakota Storytelling
Listen along to drums and songs while special guest speaker Jerome Kills Small, a Lakota Native American shares traditional animal and children's stories.
Special Events Johnson F.W. Kent 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 - Canceled
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
Mar 30 Thursday 6:30 PM Idaho Trek Informational Meeting
JCC naturalists are leading a high school backpacking trip to Idaho this summer. This meeting is set up for interested applicants and their parents/guardians to learn more and ask questions.
Special Events Johnson F.W. Kent 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
Apr 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors): African Wildlife Adventure
This presentation will feature the wildlife of Africa as seen through the lens of Jim Pease.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - South Georgia Island
In the Southern Atlantic Ocean, nestled half-way between the tips of South America and Africa, is a 100 mile long island archipelago featuring unrivaled alpine beauty.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Planting with Natives
A yard landscaped with native plants (those species that occurred in Iowa historically) hums with wildlife.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 6 Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Frog and Toad Call Survey Training
This training will teach adults how to identify frogs and toads by sound and how to conduct amphibian surveys. After the class, students are encouraged to spend 3 nights over the summer collecting vital data to further the conservation mission.
Programs Johnson F.W. Kent Park
Apr 8 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Osprey 5K
Join the FWCC for the annual Osprey 5K trail. Run or walk 3.1 miles through the beautiful trails of our park, all for a good cause!
Special Events Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Apr 8 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Budding Birders
During this program, will discuss the seven “S” of bird watching. We will use our new skills to identify birds at the nearby bird blind and along the trails.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 8 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Egg Hunt in the Park
Join the conservation staff to learn about animals that lay eggs and meet some of the education animals. After the program the egg hunt will begin!
Special Events Buena Vista Buena Vista County Conservation Park
Apr 11 Tuesday 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening Prairie Burn
Join WCCB as we light up the night sky! Watch a live controlled prairie burn.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Apr 15 Saturday 10:00 AM Geocache Egg Hunt
Your family will love this new-age way of hunting eggs. Join Naturalist Jess Lancial to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find the Conservation Bunny’s nests of hidden treasures!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 15 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Easter Egg Hike
Head to the trails for an Easter Egg Hunt, nature style!
Special Events Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Apr 21 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 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
Apr 22 Saturday 7:00 AM Breakfast with the Birds
Enjoy a quiet morning of food and fun at McFarland park. Join Naturalist Heather Hucka for birding basics and a hike to look for some of Iowa’s fine feathered friends.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Earth Day Geocache Hunt
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the Lorax and his treasures. Keep an eye out for truffula trees along the way!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Earth Day Event
Enjoy the activities and fresh air this Earth Day!
Special Events Johnson F.W. Kent Park
Apr 22 Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Earth Day Celebration & Trash Pick Up
Who will find the most unique piece of trash in the park and be awarded a prize?
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Apr 23 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM STEAM Fest
STEAM activities at Terry Trueblood!
Special Events Johnson F.W. Kent Park

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