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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 13-14 Monday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM JPEC Spring Break Camp - Horseplay (Ages 8-10)
Sign your child up for this fun horse filled camp! We will take a wagon ride, do a craft and pick up plenty of horse knowledge in their riding lesson!
Youth Camps 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 16-17 Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM JPEC Spring Break Camp - Horse'n Around (Ages 10+)
Sign your child up for this fun horse filled camp! We will take a wagon ride, do a craft and pick up plenty of horse knowledge in their riding lesson!
Youth Camps 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
Apr 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Planting with Natives
A yard landscaped with native plants (those species that occurred in Iowa historically) hums with wildlife.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 8 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Budding Birders
During this program, will discuss the seven “S” of bird watching. We will use our new skills to identify birds at the nearby bird blind and along the trails.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 21 Friday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Trash Bash
Earth Day kicks off with a Bash at noon downtown including sponsor and volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Apr 21 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 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
Apr 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Earth Day Geocache Hunt
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the Lorax and his treasures. Keep an eye out for truffula trees along the way!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 29 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 1 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM May Day Hike
May Day celebrates the arrival of spring. Take a short hike looking for spring wildflowers then make a May Day basket to take home.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
May 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Our State Fair is a Great State Fair
Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have collectively made up our unique August experience.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 6 Saturday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Birds and Bagels
Join a PCC Naturalist at the largest urban forest in the state of Iowa for bagels and beverages while you learn about bird identification and the uniqueness of Brown’s Woods.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
May 11 Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Amana Colonies Eco-Bus Trip
Tour the historic Amana Colonies, enjoy lunch at the Ox Yoke Inn and laugh along with your friends at an afternoon show at the Old Creamery Theatre. Step on board....re-discover Iowa with us!
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs

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