Jester, Lewis A., Park

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Jun 20-21 Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Shooting Camp
This camp will introduce participants to the lifelong sport of target shooting. We'll learn the basics of archery, air rifle and even throw Atlatls.
Youth Camps
Jun 20 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Giants of the Prairie
Bison and elk were two of the largest animals to ever roam across Iowa. What happened to them and where did they go? A naturalist will walk you through the exhibit and share the history of these giants of the prairie.
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Jun 24-27 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Junior Naturalist Camp (June 24-27)
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. On the last day of camp, campers will receive a badge and certificate.
Youth Camps
Jun 24 Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Survival Hike
Survival Hike - Learn how to build a shelter, start a fire and even what types of plants are edible.
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Jun 25-26 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Frogs, Toads and Snakes
We will explore the world of reptiles and amphibians while hiking the trails, playing games, making crafts and meeting special guests. Campers are sure to discover everything that makes these creatures ‘toad’ally cool!
Youth Camps
Jun 25-26 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Paddle Camp
Learn the basics of both canoeing and kayaking, including self and assisted rescues. Then try out your new skills on an adventurous river trip. Bring a sack lunch, filled water bottle, towel, sturdy water shoes and dress to get wet each day.
Youth Camps
Jun 25 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Renewal by Nature
Learn how the energy systems running through nature and our bodies correlate. Explore ways to better align our bodies for health and wellness with a nature connection.
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Jun 25 Tuesday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Sunset Yoga
Take time to unwind as the sunsets on the outdoor plaza of the Jester Park Nature Center with a short nature hike and yoga on patio.
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Jun 26 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Nature Playdate - Life in the Pond
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.
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Jun 27 Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Archery
Archery – Learn the basics of archery by focusing on form and safety. We’ll cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow.
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Jun 28 Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Shinrin Yoku & Outdoor Adventure Retreat Day
Enjoy a full day immersed in nature and outdoor wellness. Activities include, hiking, kayaking and Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest Bathing (mindfulness). Limited space sign-up early!
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Jun 28 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dragons in Polk County
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn about these amazing aerialists! We’ll even try to catch some!
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Jun 30 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Archery Basics
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.
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Jul 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - SEAGOING EASTER EGGS: How Animal Patterns Influenced Ship Camo
This is a fast paced and often astonishing look at how the appearance of animals protects them from predators, and/or helps them otherwise in their on-going quest for survival.
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Jul 3 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.
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Jul 5 Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Iowa Raptors
Raptors have captured the attention of people for thousands of years. Join a PCC Naturalist for a discussion about the raptors that call Iowa their home.
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Jul 8-10 Monday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Wild Kratts Camp
Learn how different animals have adapted to survive in Iowa’s environment, catch prey or elude predators. Then we’ll use our creature power discs to take on those powers ourselves!
Youth Camps
Jul 8-9 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Fishing Camp
This camp is all about fishing! We will spend time learning about different fish and how to catch them. We will then go try our luck at a couple different fishing spots in Polk County.
Youth Camps
Jul 9 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Air Rifle Target Shooting
Air Rifle Target Shooting - Learn the basics of air rifle target shooting from PCC naturalists certified from the Student Air Rifle Program. Equipment provided.
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Jul 10-12 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Geology Camp
Come learn all about geology; it rocks! We will explore how geology is all around you, how rocks form, and how it has changed Iowa for millions of years.
Youth Camps
Jul 11 Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Kayaking
Kayaking – 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.
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Jul 13 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Artifacts and Atlatls
Learn more about Native American culture as we discuss authentic and rare artifacts found throughout the park. Learn how to throw and atlatl, a tool used for hunting game.
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Jul 13 Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Nature Photography Class
Join local nature photographer, Ty Smedes, in a “hands-on” nature photography class.
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Jul 16 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures - Butterflies
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”.
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Jul 16 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summer Skills - Archery
Archery – Learn the basics of archery by focusing on form and safety. We’ll cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow.
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