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Sep 30 Friday 7:00 PM - 8:30 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. Stay for s’mores!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 1 Saturday 5:15 AM - 11:00 AM 14th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Calling all budding duck and goose hunters ages 12-15! Join us and experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting while in a safe and controlled environment!
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Green Eating
How we eat and what we eat can take a huge toll on our environment. We’ll dive into what a food print is and what it takes to reduce it. Learn more about the importance of buying local food and how you can support local growers.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 5 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Knee-High Naturalist - Seeds - FREE
Are you ready to get outside and explore? Come and hear a story followed by some outdoor fun!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 6 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Falling Leaves - FREE
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 7 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Home School - Creatures of the Night AM - FREE
On the first Friday of the month join one of our naturalists as they lead an environmental education program specifically created for homeschool students.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 7 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Home School - Creatures of the Night PM - FREE
On the first Friday of the month join one of our naturalists as they lead an environmental education program specifically created for homeschool students.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 7 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Family Fun Night
Gather your friends and family together for a night of fun at Jester Park’s Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center. Opportunities will be available for bouldering (age 4+) and archery (age 10+).
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 8 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Global Migrations - Wildebeest- FREE
Join us each month this season for a family-friendly evening focused on the annual migrations of a chosen animal species. Together, we will learn some geography, animal facts, and particular migration details that are sure to amaze us all.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 9 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Critter Club
Meet Jester Park Nature Center’s Resident turtles, snakes, and toad to learn about these unique animals. Discover the importance of the ambassador animals and their special role in education. V
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 10 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Artifacts
Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist as we discuss Iowa’s archaeological history using authentic artifact found in Polk County. We’ll also step outside to try our hand at using an atlatl.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 15 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing
Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case Haub, a certified forest guide.
Programs Brown's Woods
Oct 15 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fall Hike
Join one of our naturalists on a hike through Thomas Mitchell Park and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall!
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Oct 15 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Nature Sounds - FREE
Ever wonder “What’s that sound?” while camping or hiking? This program will help educate you on who is making those sounds and make you feel more comfortable on your next outdoor adventure.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 16 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Geocache Pumpkin Hunt
Learn how to use a GPS, then go search the park to find some pumpkins, collecting candy along the way! Be sure to keep an eye out for spiders along the way that are worth special prizes. Space is limited, so register early.
Programs Yellow Banks Park
Oct 17 Monday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hike for Health - Free
Why walk the mall when you can enjoy the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.
Programs Brown's Woods
Oct 18 Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Boone Scenic Valley Railroad - Eco Bus Trip
Board the train for a beautiful fall excursion on the Boone Scenic Valley railroad through the picturesque Des Moines River Valley.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Oct 18 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Endangered Species
Identify the factors that cause animals to become an endangered species and learn how you can help them.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 19 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Story Tellabration - The Very Busy Squirrel
Join volunteer storyteller, Carmen Epstein, for a fun, interactive tale tailored toward children ages 2 to 6 that explores the wonders of the outdoors. During each program, participants enjoy interactive stories and an activity.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 21 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Home School - Reptiles AM - FREE
Join us each month for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is specially designed for homeschool students.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 21 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Home School - Reptiles PM - FREE
Join us each month for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is specially designed for homeschool students.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 21 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wizards in the Wild - FREE
Join us as you transport yourself into the wizarding world of nature! Make nature wands, mix potions, sort yourself into your wizard house, and more. Wizard attire is welcome!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 29 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Spooky Spiders
Spiders are one of the most commonly feared and misunderstood animals. Learn about some of their unique adaptations and the important role they play in ecosystems. You’ll even get to meet the Jester Park Nature Center’s resident spider.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 30 Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Bat House Building
Bats are one of the most effective natural controllers of insects, eating thousands of bugs nightly. Currently, bat populations are decreasing. Help them out by building a bat house.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 30 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bats! Creatures of the Night
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Come learn the truth about this “grossly" misunderstood animal.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park