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Dec 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - How Iowa was Made
Ancient sea creatures, woolly mammoths, and metros from outer space! Sound like a sci-fi movie? Actually, they all have something to do with the history of Iowa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 7 Thursday 5:30 PM Basket Weaving Workshop
Basket weaving is one of the most widely spread crafts in the history of human civilization. And now's your chance to learn this great skill.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Dec 9 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration Work Days
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 15 Friday 10:00 AM Nature Tales: Mammals
Join us with your pre-school aged tots to learn all about Iowa's mammals through stories, games, crafts and other activities!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Dec 24 Sunday Phenology Calendar Sale
Order a calendar today! This calendar highlights the timing of natural events throughout the year in Eastern Iowa, giving information on meteor showers, migrating birds, hunting seasons, historical events and much more! 
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Dec 26 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Take a hike with a naturalist and discover the wonder of the forest in the winter.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Dec 28 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Snowshoe Hike
Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors.
Programs Polk Easter Lake Park
Jan 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Early Nesting Iowa Owls
The blustery, cold, snowy weather of January certainly doesn't seem like a good time for a bird to be nesting! On the contrary, some resident Iowa owls are among the earliest nesting birds!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 6 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Jan 13 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Snowshoe Hike
Learn how fun and easy snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Jan 13 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Snowshoe Hike
Learn how fun and easy snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jan 19 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Owl Prowl
Bundle up and join a naturalist for a campfire program to learn about owls. After a brief discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Jan 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience required and all supplies are provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 1 Thursday 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Jester Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 3 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cross Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 31. Minimum age 12. Fee: $10 (includes skis, boots and poles.)
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Feb 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Lessons Learned from Prairie Restoration
Keith Summerville, professor of Environmental Science & Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Drake University will share lessons learned during his 15 years of prairie restoration research at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 10 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Feb 17 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience required and all supplies are provided.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Feb 17 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Antler Shed Hunt
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 24 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods

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