Jester, Lewis A., Park

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Dec 7 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Build a Birdhouse
Attract some of our beautiful feathered friends to your yard by building a birdhouse. We will also take some time to artistically decorate them, turning them into a great gift to give during the holiday season.
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Dec 13 Friday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Hike and Hot Cocoa (National Hot Cocoa Day)
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.
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Dec 14 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Decorate a Tree for Wildlife
While you are enjoying the many tasty treats that abound this holiday season, don't forget to share some goodies with the birds. Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
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Dec 17 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Who Gives a Hoot
Join us to learn more about Iowa Owls. We will ID by sight and sound and discover how owls are such successful nocturnal predators.
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Dec 21 Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Light the Night 5-6:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
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Dec 21 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Light the Night 6:30-8
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa. P
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Dec 21 Saturday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Light the Night 8-9:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
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Dec 26 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tracks and Scat
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.
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Dec 27 Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Rock Me
Come learn the basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.
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Dec 29 Sunday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Winter Hike
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs.
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Dec 30 Monday 10:00 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.
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Dec 30 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
Come learn about owls 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.
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Dec 31 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Secrets of the Sun
Through interactive activities and games, we’ll learn about the characteristics of our Sun and how it compares to other stars in the universe. We’ll also take a look at the Sun through a telescope with a special solar viewing filter.
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Jan 2 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Salamanders
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.
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Jan 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM National Bird Day
Join us on National Bird Day for hands-on avian fun. We’ll learn that makes a bird a bird, what they eat, why they sing, and how they stay alive.
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Jan 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Iowa Underground Railroad
“Preacher,” “congressman,” “negro-stealer”: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life. He was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad.
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Jan 10 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Paleontology for Home School 10-11:30
Come see, touch, and learn all about Iowa’s fascinating paleontological past. We will discuss how fossils form and where to find them, and you will have the chance make your very own!
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Jan 10 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Paleontology for Home School 1-2:30
Come see, touch, and learn all about Iowa’s fascinating paleontological past. We will discuss how fossils form and where to find them, and you will have the chance make your very own!
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Jan 14 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Best Puppet Show Ever
Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.
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Jan 14 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness and Movement
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.
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Jan 18 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Cool Craniums
Explore the differences between animal skulls and learn how their features relate to physical characteristics or behaviors of each animal. You’ll have a chance to examine and attempt to identify multiple mystery skulls.
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Jan 20 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Get Nutty with Squirrels
Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day a day early with some fun squirrely activities at the nature center.
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Jan 20 Monday 2:00 PM - 3:30 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.
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Jan 21 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Winter Hideaway
Learn the different strategies animals use to survive the long, cold, and dark winter. Wear comfortable boots and warm clothing for taking a short hike. If weather permits, we will venture out on snowshoes. T
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Jan 24 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.
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