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Mar 19 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Survivor Camp
Spend a day having fun and staying active. We will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors.
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 19 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Hike
Join us for a spring break nature hike with a naturalist as we learn about and explore the outdoors.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 19 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Spring Fling
Our program will focus on balance as we prepare for the first day of spring. We'll discuss spring equinox facts, folklore, and more while strolling through the prairie, woodland and around the pond.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 20 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Rock On- and Fossil Fun
Join a naturalist to learn the basics about rocks and minerals. Afterwards, participants will get the chance to make their own fossil to take home. All materials provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 20 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Vernal Equinox Hike
The spring equinox (vernal equinox) marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This hike will feature spring equinox facts, folklore, and more! FREE.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 21 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Hike
Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life. This adventure shows how a forest bursts alive with wildlife, excitement and activity. FREE.
Programs Brown's Woods
Mar 21 Thursday 7:30 PM - 9:30 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.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 28 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Mar 29 Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Rain Barrel Workshop
Learn how to collect and use runoff water and then make your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home. All materials will be provided. Make sure you are able to transport your barrel back to your home after the workshop.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Tropical Biodiversity: Why should we care?
The tropics are places of amazing beauty and biodiversity, filled with plants and animals exotic and fascinating to us.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 4 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
Apr 6 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Recycled Bird feeders
Are you looking to attract more birds to your backyard? Come learn about some of Iowa’s favorite songbirds and what foods they love. We will get crafty by making bird feeders out of recycled materials to take home!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 10 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. T
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 11 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
Apr 13 Saturday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Rain Barrel Workshop
Learn how to collect and use runoff water and then make your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home. All materials will be provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 13 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Loop the Lake
Join a PCC Naturalist for a leisurely hike around Fort Des Moines Pond. Discover the many unique features of this park as we “Loop the Lake”. All ages and abilities welcome.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Apr 13 Saturday 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.
Special Events Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 14 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Egg Hunt
Your family will love this new-age way of hunting eggs. Learn how to use a GPS and go search the park to find the Conservation Bunny’s nests of hidden treasures, collecting prizes and candy along the way!
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 15 Monday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hike for Health
Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 17 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool - Cancelled
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.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 18 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Meditation Around Town
Come and enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation in unique settings around our beautiful community. This will be a relaxing and fun filled experience for everyone.
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Apr 18 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Natural Egg Dying
Your kitchen is full of natural dyes. Common food items such as red cabbage, onion skins, and coffee can be used to transform plain white eggs into colorful Easter gems.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 19 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Mammalogy - Home School
Mammalogy - Learn about mammal’s unique adaptations for survival. We’ll study skins, skulls and scat followed by a hike to search for mammals at Jester Park.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 19 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Air Rifle Target Shooting - Home School
Air Rifle Target Shooting – Target shooting is a lifelong sport and can be practiced for most at an early age and continue through adulthood. Class will cover form and safety with plenty of time for target shooting.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 19 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Mammalogy - Home School (1-2:30pm)
Mammalogy - Learn about mammal’s unique adaptations for survival. We’ll study skins, skulls and scat followed by a hike to search for mammals at Jester Park.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park