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Sep 21 Thursday 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. Co-sponsored by Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.
Programs Polk Easter Lake Park
Sep 22 Friday Wild Women of the Woods
The fifth annual Wild Women of the Woods event will take place September 22-24 at Hickory Grove Park!
Programs Story Hickory Grove Park
Sep 23 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Paddle in the Park
Free guided canoe tours of Big Hollow!
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Oct 7 Saturday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Shooting Range Certification Course
Big Hollow Shooting Range Certification Course
Programs Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Oct 14 Saturday 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends Fall Festival and Halloween at Hillview
Farmers market, Kids games and activities, Food, Photo Booth and Trick or Treating! Come join the Fun!
Special Events Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Oct 14 Saturday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Creepy Campground
Trick-or-treating will be during the afternoon on Saturday and we'll have a campsite decorating contest!
Special Events Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
Oct 19 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Tots: Leaf Man
Learn about leaves!
Programs Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
Oct 20 Friday 3:00 PM Buy Two Nights, Get One Free Camping
Free camping voucher when you pay for two nights!
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Oct 21 Saturday 2017 Fall Fest
Free Event at the Swan Lake Education Center
Programs Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 21 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM 2017 Youth Pheasant Hunt
This is a free even open to local youth ages 12-15.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 21 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Paddle in the Park
Free guided canoe tours of Big Hollow!
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Oct 21 Saturday 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Briggs Woods Trick-or-Treating & Autumn Night Hike - "Super Heros of Nature"
Enjoy trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, hayrides, free meal, and the Autumn Night Hike. Join us on a wildlife safari to discover what roams at Briggs Woods Park!
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Oct 21 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Trick or Treat Night
Trick or Treat night at Breezy Bay campground will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017. This is a free event, open to the public.
Special Events Story Hickory Grove Park
Oct 28 Saturday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Little Wall Lake Halloween Event
Camper trick-or-treat and hayrides!! 4-7 pm Awards for the best two decorated campsites. Wear your best costume!
Special Events Hamilton Little Wall Lake Park
Nov 11 Saturday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Skillet Creek Indian Mounds Night Hike
Visit Native American Burial and Ceremonial Mounds on this challenging night hike to the top of the river valley.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Nov 18 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Woodland Restoration Work Day
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 Easter Lake Park
Dec 5 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shooting Range Certification Course
Big Hollow Shooting Range Certification Course
Programs Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area

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