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Jan 15 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Winter Hideaway
Head out on a hike through the woods to learn how animals are spending the winter. Wear comfortable boots and warm clothing. If weather permits, we will venture out on snowshoes.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 16 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool - snowshoeing
This month we will try snowshoeing and spend the afternoon playing in the snow.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 18 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 21 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Critter Club
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. T
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 26 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 31 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Feb 1 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 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 Yellow Banks Park
Feb 5 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World
Sylvan T. Runkel, Iowa’s foremost naturalist, learned about nature from his grandmother, who lived in the southern Illinois log cabin where he spent his summers.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 7 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales
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
Feb 9 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Open Range - Air Rifle and Archery
The ranges will be open to anyone 12 years old and older to experience the sport of target shooting. Trained and certified naturalists will be on the range to give instructions and assist with form and technique.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Woodworking for Bats
Come learn why bats are important and what you can do to help with bat conservation. Each participant will construct a basic bat house to either take home or donate back to one of Polk County Conservation’s parks.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Build a Birdhouse
Build your own birdhouse at this hands on woodworking workshop. A simple, one-board plan will give you a quick and versatile house that can be customized to accommodate a variety of feathered friends that live near you.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 13 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness and Movement Class
Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in focused ways can bring back a connection with the natural world.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 14 Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee and Chat
Join us for coffee and conversation to learn about the latest happenings at the Jester Park Nature Center. This is a social hour meant for meeting staff and others who enjoy nature.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 16 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
Come learn about owl of Iowa and their adaptations as predators and their role in the food web. The presentation will be followed by a pellet dissection and analysis.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 17 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tracks and Scat
Join a naturalist to explore off the beaten path as we search for signs of wildlife in this beautiful forest.
Programs Brown's Woods
Feb 18 Monday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Critter Club
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 18 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mammals of Iowa
Join a naturalist to learn about the wild mammals of Iowa. Feel animal furs and make an animal track sheet.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 19 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine – Love in the Wild
Animals celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round. Some of these mating rituals are wonderfully bizarre! Join us as we reveal the “love” secrets of a variety of animals.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 20 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment and hands on activities to keep your teen active and engaged.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 23 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Antler Shed Hunt
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 24 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 28 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Mar 5 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Forget Recycling Often, Start Recycling Right!
Ammon Taylor, Municipal Marketing Manager for Waste Management, will discuss changes in the recycling industry and the need for continued education about what can or can’t be recycled.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 6 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales
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