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Jan 25 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - The Worst Hard Time
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Jan 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience required and all supplies are provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 1 Thursday 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Jester Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 3 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. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 31. Minimum age 12. Fee: $10 (includes skis, boots and poles.)
Programs Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Feb 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Lessons Learned from Prairie Restoration
Keith Summerville, professor of Environmental Science & Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Drake University will share lessons learned during his 15 years of prairie restoration research at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 10 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Feb 17 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Woodland Restoration
Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience required and all supplies are provided.
Programs Brown's Woods
Feb 17 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 22 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - Silent Spring
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Feb 24 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter.
Programs Brown's Woods
Feb 25 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
Mar 1 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Fort Des Moines Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Fort Des Moines Park
Mar 3 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 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 with a compound bow.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 3 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 6 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Bird Migration
From warblers to terns to eagles, birds are some of the world’s greatest travelers. Migration, or the seasonal movement of an animal from one region to another and back, is an amazing life history event critical to the lives of many avian species.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 13 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Surivor Camp
Spend a day having fun and staying active. We will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 15 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 16 Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 17 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Geocache Leprechaun Hunt
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the hidden pots of gold, collecting candy and prizes along the way. Keep an eye out for leprechauns along the way!
Programs Brown's Woods
Mar 29 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms - The Hour of Land
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Hour of the Land by Terry Tempest Williams.
Programs Polk County Education Programs
Mar 31 Saturday 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Thomas Mitchell Park
Apr 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Get to Know your Des Moines Art Center
Jill Featherstone, Director of Education, will deliver an illustrated presentation about the free cultural treasure in your community—the Des Moines Art Center.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 14 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Rain Barrel Workshop
Learn how to collect and use runoff water and then make your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home.
Programs Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 20 Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Earth Day Trash Bash
Volunteers are needed for Iowa’s largest Earth Day clean up event! Trash Bash is a multi-organizational litter removal effort spread across 50 locations in the Des Moines Metro.
Programs Easter Lake Park
Apr 20 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 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