Jester, Lewis A., Park

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Sep 20 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Woodworking for Bats
Come learn how bats are important and what we can do to help with bat conservation. After a short presentation, each participant will construct a basic bat house to either take home or donate back to Polk County Conservation to be used in the parks.
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Sep 25 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Temporary Art in the Park
Come explore what nature has to offer with this exciting art program featuring ephemeral, or short lived, art, insects, and flowers.
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Oct 2 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Hike it Baby
Parents and their children from birth to school age are invited to join the Des Moines Hike It Baby chapter for a casual naturalist led hike.
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Oct 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - 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.
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Oct 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.
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Oct 5 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Campfire Building for Beginners
Learn some tips and tricks on how to build a good campfire with a variety of materials. We will practice building a fire and even try making our very own fire starters to take with you!
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Oct 6 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Cache Bash Championship
Join us to search for 15 geocaches hidden in Jester Park for this special event.
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Oct 6 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Catch It, Clean It, Cook It
Come learn the basics of fishing, how to clean fish, and then how to cook fish. Fishing license is required for participants over 16 years of age. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own as well.
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Oct 9 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Nature Friends - Going Batty
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided.
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Oct 11 Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee & Chat
Join us for coffee and conversation to learn about the latest happenings at the Jester Park Nature Center.
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Oct 13 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Fall Colors Hike
Enjoy a nature hike through the woods with a naturalist as they explain the brilliance of fall colors.
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Oct 18 Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Learn the truth about this grossly misunderstood animal.
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Oct 23 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Creatures of the Night
Halloween is creeping in. Learn about the creatures that lurk in the night. No need to be scared, we will tell you the truth about these mysterious beings while you relax with a glass of wine.
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Oct 25 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 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. Afterwards enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire.
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Oct 26 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 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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Nov 1 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.
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Nov 3 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Hike it Baby
Parents and their children from birth to school age are invited to join the Des Moines Hike It Baby chapter for a casual naturalist led hike.
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Nov 3 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drumming
Join us for a unique afternoon in nature learning the art and significance of drumming. Life in Balance Coach, Gail McCarthy, will share the historical significance of drumming.
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Nov 8 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.
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Nov 10 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 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.
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Nov 10 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Animal Winter Surival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.
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Nov 13 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Did you meet Carrie, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s corpse flower? Although recognized for the plant’s unappetizing smell, Carrie is also an important plant for conservation reasons. J
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Nov 13 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Talking Turkey
Learn more about turkeys while relaxing with a glass of wine. This program is for women ages 21+ who are interested in getting outside. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world, as you unwind and have fun.
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Nov 23 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM #OptOutside Hike
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park.
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Nov 29 Thursday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Seeing Stars
Come learn the fascinating history of how our solar system was formed, focusing on our unique planets, moons, and Sun. We will identify a number of constellations and other major astronomical objects in the classroom, followed by outdoor stargazing.
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