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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 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing on the Equinox
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations on the autumnal equinox! Local astronomers will provide telescopes for viewing.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 23 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Would your child like to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting? This mentored hunt in a controlled waterfowl hunting area at Chichaqua can provide this opportunity.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 23-24 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Free family event! Try your skills at canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, trap shooting, shooting BB guns, geocaching and more!
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Sep 24 Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fourmile Creek Sweep
Strap on your boots or waders and get muddy with the Conservation team! In an effort to improve water quality, we will be sweeping Fourmile Creek for tires and other debris as well as cleaning up litter in and around Mally’s Park.
Programs Polk Mally's Weh-Weh-Neh-Kee Park
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 26 Tuesday 6:28 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends Falling Leaves
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
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 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 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 8 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fall Frenzy
Explore Walker Johnson Park with a scavenger hunt, outdoor games, crafts, and live critters.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Oct 9 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends Owls
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Oct 10-12 Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM Wisconsin Dells -3 day Eco-bus trip - Full! Add name to the wait list.
The trip is full. Please add name to the wait list. Step on board for a three day jam-packed tour to the Wisconsin Dells
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
Oct 21 Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Walk for Wildlife
Enjoy a family walk through the park or extend your trip with a 5 or 10-kilometer Volkssport walk. You can also try geocaching along your walk, GPS units will be available.
Special Events Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 21 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 Yellow Banks Park
Oct 21 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing
Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest. This gentle three hour forest therapy walk offers a rich experience in nature that can improve mood and provide relaxation.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Oct 24 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends Spunky Spiders
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Oct 26 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Learn the truth about this grossly misunderstood animal.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Oct 27 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:28 PM Owl Prowl
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Oct 28 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Pumpkin Hunt
Learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find some pumpkins, collecting prizes and candy along the way! Be sure to keep an eye out for spiders along the way that are worth special prizes.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Nov 4 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Falconry, Past and Present
Falconry is the art of hunting with a trained bird of prey. Falconry is known to have been practiced by humans for over 3000 years!
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Nov 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Native American History Day
Celebrate the history of Native Americans at Yellow Banks Park. Try building a tipi or throwing an atlatl. We’ll also take a short hike to the last remaining burial mound in the park.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Nov 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Honey Bees
The 2017 Iowa Honey Queen, Carly Raye, will talk about honeybees, honey, beekeeping, and beyond!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 18 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Mountain Biking and Mindfulness: Finding Balance in Nature
Join us for a day of biking and integrative wellness with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medical Physician and Joe Hackenmiller, certified mountain bike instructor .
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
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

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