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Jan 26 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - H is for Hawk
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Jan 27 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 28 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Central Iowa Trumpeter Swan Soiree
Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s. By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Feb 4 Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM JPEC Intro to Horse Driving Clinic
Come on out to learn the basics of driving a horse and draft team - a great introductory course as well as for seasoned drivers!
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Cross Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Feb 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors - Bluebirds of Iowa
Joel Van Roekel with Des Moines Park and Recreation along with David Johnson and Rodgers Shell, Polk County Blue Bird Trail Ambassadors, will talk about blue birds and their important role in the environment.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 11 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Winter Hike
Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 11 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Carney Marsh Restoration
Be a part of local ongoing wetland restoration efforts at Carney Marsh. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species.
Programs Polk Carney Marsh
Feb 12 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ice Fishing
Come and learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Feb 18 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:28 PM Antler Shed Hunt
Come and learn about different types of antlers and horns. We'll also share some tips on finding shed antlers.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 23 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories of Fracking in America
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories of Fracking in America.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Feb 25 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Indoor Kayaking
Got the case of cabin fever? Let's go kayaking on a cold winter day! Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist in the comfort of a heated pool.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Feb 26 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about our national symbol, the bald eagle. Then venture outside to view them in their natural setting. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Iowa Phenology
Simply put, phenology is an awareness of the natural rhythms of life. Most people already have some awareness of those rhythms: flowering plants, migrating birds, seasonal changes.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 11 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Carney Marsh Restoration
Be a part of local ongoing wetland restoration efforts at Carney Marsh. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species.
Programs Polk Carney Marsh
Mar 11 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:28 PM Wild Night Life & 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
Mar 15 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Survivor Camp
Campers will have fun learning and staying active. Activities will include archery, geocaching, and survival skills. Students will make their own lunch over a fire they help build.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 15 Wednesday 6:00 PM Indoor Archery
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 17 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Iowa Reptiles
Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate. This program will feature live snakes.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 17 Friday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Leprechaun Hunt
Join a naturalist to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods for Leprechauns! If you are lucky, you may even find a pot of gold.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Mar 25 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Geocaching Basics
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 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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - River of Doubt
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing River of Doubt by Candice Millard.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
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 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors)
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

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