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Aug 19 Monday 6:00 PM Canceled Float Your Family
We’ll offer tips on planning, packing for and executing a family paddling trip into the Iowa Wilderness. We'll examine the gear Clinton County has and demonstrate paddling techniques. You may play a paddling game on the water if you like.
Trips Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 20 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Open Range ~ Archery
August 20th ~ Open Range ~ Archery ~ 1-3 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ We are opening our Archery Range in the basement of the Eco Center for public use
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 20 Tuesday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Voyageur Canoe Outing
August 20th ~ Voyageur Canoe Outing ~ 4-6 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ Our voyageur canoes, “The Marquette and The Joliet”, will be in the water at the new back boat ramp and ready for folks to try them out!
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 20 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Insects
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 Easter Lake Park
Aug 20 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Prairie Pondering
Tall grass prairie once covered 85% of Iowa's landscape. Most of this unique habitat has long since vanished; however, life on the prairie still lives today.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 21 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Renewal by Nature
Explore the evidence based information on the mind, body, spirit nature connection with Dr. Paul Peters.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 21 Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sunset Yoga
Relax and unwind with a short nature hike leading to Sunset Yoga on patio at the Jester Park Nature Center.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 22 Thursday 7:00 PM Sunset Eco Cruise
August 22nd ~ Sunset Eco Cruise ~ 7 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ Thursday evenings there will be naturalist-guided Mississippi eco cruises aboard the Blue Heron pontoon. Call 563-259-1876 to reserve a free spot one week in advance.
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 24 Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Half Price Canoe Rental
August 24th ~ Half Price Canoe Rental ~ 8-11 AM ~ Rock Creek ~ ?For use in the backwaters in and near the park.
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 24 Saturday 9:00 AM Good Morning Cruise
August 24th ~ Good Morning Cruise ~ 9 AM ~ Rock Creek ~ Every other Saturday this summer, there will be naturalist-guided eco cruises aboard the Blue Heron pontoon boat. Call 563-259-1876 to reserve a free spot.
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 24 Saturday 1:00 PM Back Waters Paddle
August 24th ~ Back Waters Paddle ~ 1 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ Meet at the Eco Center and gear up for a paddle in the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 27 Tuesday 6:00 PM Friends of Rock Creek
August 27th ~ Friends of Rock Creek ~ 6 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ Doing small things to make a big difference! This fun, no pressure group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month.
Special Events Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 28 Wednesday 6:30 AM Building Better Birders Eco Cruise
August 28th ~ Building Better Birders Eco Cruise ~ 6:30 AM ~ Rock Creek ~ World-class birder, Kelly McKay, will lead this free class for people wanting to improve their birding skills. Call 563-259-1876 to sign up!
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 29 Thursday 7:00 PM Sunset Eco Cruise
August 29th ~ Sunset Eco Cruise ~ 7 PM ~ Rock Creek ~ Thursday evenings there will be naturalist-guided Mississippi eco cruises aboard the Blue Heron pontoon. Call 563-259-1876 to reserve a free spot one week in advance.
Programs Clinton Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 31 Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monarch Watch Public Program
Join us Saturday morning with the family to learn about monarch migration to Mexico. We will have an overview of Monarchs and their anatomy, their migration pattern, how and why we tag them.
Programs Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 3 Tuesday 8:00 AM Trick or Treat Hike Camper Sign up
This is the camper sign up for the Oct 12 Trick or Treat event at Oak Grove. Register for a campsite starting Sept 3 at 8am.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - History of Yellow Banks and Thomas Mitchell Parks
Yellow Banks Park is a 576+ acre park resting on the bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River. This park has a deep Native American history. Ranger Charlie Finch, will share some of the artifacts found on the property.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Fish
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 Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tour of Hickory Grove Park
Sneak a peek of the Hickory Grove Lake restoration project.
Special Events Story Hickory Grove Park
Sep 6 Friday 5:30 PM - 7:30 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 Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 7 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Vulture Awareness Day
Join us for a fun filled day to learn all about vultures! We’ll have a scavenger hunt, vulture vomit toss, stomach juice station, try eating like a vulture, wingspan comparisons, and more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 7 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drumming to the Rhythms of Nature
Drumming is a unique way to unwind and connect with the rhythms of nature. Sign-up early limited space!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 7 Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Catfishing Basics
Come learn about the different kinds of catfish, how big they actually get, and tips on catching them. We will then fish the Des Moines River and try to catch catfish. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own gear.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 12 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Bats! Creatures of the Night
Join us for an exciting time learning about some of the night's misunderstood creatures, bats!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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