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May 20-24 Monday Buffalo National River Kayak Trip
Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five day adventure to Arkansas. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
May 20 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 Fort Des Moines Park
May 20 Monday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Orienteering Basics
Want to explore natural areas without the fear of becoming lost? Learn and practice the basic skills of orienteering using a topographic map and compass.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Amphibians
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - What's the Buzz
Have you ever heard of Mead and wondered what it is? Mead as well as 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators. Enjoy an evening learning about our native pollinators and why they are so important.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 23 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kayak Basics
Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
May 31 - Jun 5 Friday Colorado Whitewater Rafting -Cancelled.
Its back and better than ever! After taking a break for a few years, Polk County Conservation is again sponsoring a trip to Colorado for a high-adventure whitewater rafting trip on the famous Arkansas River.
Trips Polk County Education Programs
Jun 1 Saturday 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Watercolor Landscape for Beginners
Join us as we learn the basics of watercolor painting, while overlooking Jester Park on the nature center patio to paint our first landscape. No experience required! All supplies provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 3 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Fishing
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 County Education Programs
Jun 4 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures - Birds
Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them).
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Chichaqua BioBlitz
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt with its myriad wetlands, grasslands and forests has long been known as an area of uncommon diversity. In June 2018 a BioBlitz was conducted at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku/Japanese Forest Bathing
De-stress and reconnect to nature with the mindfulness of Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 5 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature Story Hour - Frog Hop
Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 6 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
Jun 6 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Nature Stories Songs and More
Join a naturalist to hear stories and sing songs as we learn about insects, decomposition, how dirt made your lunch, and more. Come ready to sing loud and proud, the more singers, the more fun.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 7 Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fishing Basics
Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 8 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Drumming to the Rhythms of Nature
Utilize Native American drums and try your skill at the restorative practice of drumming.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 8 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Insect Hunt
From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collections and an insect hunt. Nets will be provided.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 8 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Shinrin Yoku/Japanese Forest Bathing
This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being and de-stress.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 10-13 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Junior Naturalist Camp (June 10-13)
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching, building campfires and more while exploring the outdoors.
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 11 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Bird Nest Building
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 Brown's Woods
Jun 12 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Survival Camp
Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building.
Youth Camps Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Nature Playdate - Tyke Hike
Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.
Programs Brown's Woods
Jun 13 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kayak Basics
Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 14 Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Prairie Hike
Tallgrass prairie covered 80% of our state when Euro-Americans started to move here. In fact, it is the tallgrass prairie that helped create the rich soils that makes Iowa the "Bread-basket of the World".
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park