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Aug 22 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shooting Range Certification Course
Big Hollow Shooting Range Certification Course
Programs Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation 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 26 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fork in the Trail 5K
Which way to go!
Special Events Harrison Old Town Conservation Area
Aug 26-27 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pedaler's Jamboree
The Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! .
Special Events Polk Chichaqua Valley Trail
Aug 26 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Aug 26 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Discovery Hike
Stretch your legs!
Programs Harrison Old Town Conservation Area
Aug 26 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dutch Oven Cooking Program
Join us at Lake Iowa to learn about Dutch Oven Cooking!
Programs Iowa Lake Iowa Park
Aug 26 Saturday 7:30 PM Outdoor Movie Night
Enjoy a movie on the prairie . . . .
Special Events Floyd Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
Aug 27 Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM StoryWalk Open House
To celebrate our first StoryWalk, join us for a kickoff that includes games, activities, refreshments and door prizes!
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
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 1 Friday 10:00 AM Nature Tales: Butterflies
Spend a morning learning, playing and growing with butterflies! We'll talk about monarchs and other butterflies through stories and hands on activities!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 2 Saturday 1:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Be a part of the Monarch Butterfly's incredible journey to Mexico! We will catch, tag and release Monarchs that will help us track the butterfly and learn more about their mysterious migration.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
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
Sep 3 Sunday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Glow Wild
Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks, and live music - all illuminated by an evening bonfire.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 8:00 AM Trick or Treat Hike Registration
September 5 is the date to call in and make your reservations for the annual Trick or Treat Hike. The actual hike and trick or treating will take place Saturday October 14.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors- History of Iowa Wildlife
For all the challenges facing Iowa’s wildlife populations and their habitats, reflection on the history of our state’s wildlife reveals many conservation success stories.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM O.W.L.S. - Discovering Outdoor Delights: Tramp New Zealand's Tracks
Can nature study, four star hotels,Kiwi cuisine, and tramping diverse ecosystems go together? They sure do on New Zealand’s South Island -- you can explore subalpine, rain forest, beach,forest, and other ecosystems in close proximity.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Sep 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pelicans in the Sky
The American white pelicans are here! Learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns in Iowa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 7-11 Thursday 6:30 Boundary Waters Adventure
Journey with SCC to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeast Minnesota on this five-day guided excursion. You need to take this unique opportunity to experience true wildness first-hand!
Trips Story McFarland Park
Sep 7 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Jelly Night
Learn to make jelly from foraged plants with local foodie Jeny Meyer! This make- and- take workshop will make a great gift or sweet treat at home!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 8 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
Sep 8 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 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
Sep 9 Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Women in the Outdoors
Women ages 14 on up (those age 14-17 must attend with adult). Event will be hosted at Oak Grove Park from 8 am- 4:30 pm. Cost for the day is $45 payable to the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Sep 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Learn why monarch butterflies are “tagged” and then we’ll use nets to catch and tag a few.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 9 Saturday 1:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Be a part of the Monarch Butterfly's incredible journey to Mexico! We will catch, tag and release Monarchs that will help us track the butterfly and learn more about their mysterious migration.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center

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