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Sep 26 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing
Research confirms the health benefits of time spent in nature, everything from improving mental health to lowering your blood pressure and fighting cancer.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 30 Saturday 1:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Be a part of the Monarch Butterfly's incredible journey to Mexico
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 30 Saturday 3:00 PM Dutch Oven Gathering
Calling all area Dutch Oven cookers, join us at Turkey Ridge Campground on September 30 for a night of cooking. Dishes will be judged starting at 6 pm.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Sep 30 Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Moonlight Seed Harvest
Join Polk County Conservation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a moonlit evening as we work to restore native prairie by collecting seed ready to harvest.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 1 Sunday 2:00 PM Fall Color Hike
Join WCC for a hike around Lake Meyer's trails to enjoy the fall color!
Programs Winneshiek Lake Meyer Park and Campground
Oct 1 Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Partners Fall Festival
Kick off the month of October at the Partners Fall Festival. Enjoy the changing seasons while listening to traditional and modern blues music from Redz Bluez.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Oct 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Honey Bees in Iowa
Learn about honeybees, honey beekeeping, and beyond. Come find out why we want to save the bees and how we can make that happen!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Iowa Arboretum
Mark Schneider, Executive Director of the Iowa Arboretum, Mark will speak about one of his favorite public gardens, the Iowa Arboretum.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 4 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Story Hour - Migration
Books come to life at the Nature Center!
Programs Marshall GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Oct 7 Saturday 9:00 AM Lime Creek Timber Trot
Enjoy a five-mile trail run among the beautiful fall colors of the Lime Creek Nature Center.
Special Events Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Oct 7 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Fall Leaf Kayak and Canoe Float
Join us for a relaxing Fall Float down the scenic Wapsipinicon River
Special Events Linn Pinicon Ridge Park
Oct 7 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Fall Colors Hike
Enjoy a nature hike through the woods with a naturalist as they explain the brilliance of fall colors.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 7 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fall Fun Day 2017
We will have many different activities going on for families. Come trick or treating in the campground, take a hike on the nature trail, and play games including: turtle racing, pumpkin bowling, dig for fossils and more.
Special Events Buena Vista Buena Vista County Conservation Park
Oct 7 Saturday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dutch Oven Cooking
Join a WCCB naturalist to learn about Dutch Oven cooking outdoors. Participants will prepare recipes, cook dinner, and learn how to cook with and care for a Dutch Oven.
Special Events Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Oct 13 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches
This is a geocache hunt like no other! Combining the fun of geocaching with the spirit of the season, the pursuit has turned nocturnal!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 14 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Dog Hike Days
Bring your favorite canine companion for a program on hiking with dogs.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
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 14 Saturday 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Trick or Treat Hike 2017
Join us for a fun evening of Trick or Treating at Oak Grove Park.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove Big Sioux Park
Oct 15 Sunday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Dinner in the Diner
Savor a delicious 5-course meal prepared by Friends of Jackson County Conservation members. All proceeds from dinner go to the Prairie Creek Pavilion.Stay for the program "Grass Between the Rails"
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 15 Sunday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Grass Between the Rails
Celebrate Iowa’s railroad heritage with a unique blend of stories and original folk songs about the development of railroads in Iowa from Denny Rehder, a historian from Des Moines.Join us for Dinner in the Diner at 12:30 on October 15th.
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 17 Tuesday 11:30 AM Brown Bag Bunch - Iowa Wildlife Center
The Iowa Wildlife Center provides professional wildlife rescue, medical treatment and rehabilitation of native wildlife in central Iowa; teaches about wildlife and habitat stewardship; and provides wildlife assistance skills training.
Programs Marshall GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Oct 17 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nocturnal Raptors
Who’s “hoo” at McFarland Park!Join us as we investigate the world of Iowa’s nocturnal raptors. Explore the unique adaptations of these impressive predators of the night.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 18 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Story Hour - Colorful Leaves
Books come to life at the Nature Center!
Programs Marshall GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Oct 19 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Fall Colors on the Square
Join a Warren County Conservation naturalist to learn about fall colors and walk around the town square identifying fall leaves.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park

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