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Apr 19 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Mammalogy - Home School
Mammalogy - Learn about mammal’s unique adaptations for survival. We’ll study skins, skulls and scat followed by a hike to search for mammals at Jester Park.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 19 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Air Rifle Target Shooting - Home School
Air Rifle Target Shooting – Target shooting is a lifelong sport and can be practiced for most at an early age and continue through adulthood. Class will cover form and safety with plenty of time for target shooting.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 19 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Mammalogy - Home School (1-2:30pm)
Mammalogy - Learn about mammal’s unique adaptations for survival. We’ll study skins, skulls and scat followed by a hike to search for mammals at Jester Park.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 20 Saturday 1:00 PM Big Sioux Recreation Area Volunteer Flood Clean Up Day
With the 3 floods we had last year in the park and the new one this past March we are hosting a volunteer event to get things cleaned up and ready to go for the upcoming camping season. We will start at 1 pm check in at the Maintenance Shed.
Special Events Sioux Big Sioux Recreation Area
Apr 22 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Day Stories on the Patio
Celebrate Earth Day with a local storyteller on the outdoor patio at the Jester Park Nature Center.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 2 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 4 Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Custom Willow Plant Stand
Create a willow plant stand for your summer garden with Pam Dennis & Ryk Weiss of Flock 9 Studios. Collect wild willows and learn construction techniques for a simple basic design while giving it a personalized twist of your own.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 4 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Bobcats in Iowa
This secretive animal, rarely seen or heard, has made a dramatic resurgence across the state and now is providing citizens with opportunities and concerns.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 7 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Essential Oils for the Outdoors
Join Bobbi Schaben with Young Living Essential Oils and PCC Naturalist Heidi Anderson on the benefits and usage of essential oils. We’ll focus on essential oils that might come in handy during an outdoor adventure.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 9 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 16 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Meditation Around Town
Come and enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation in unique settings around our beautiful community.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 20 Monday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hike for Health
Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
May 20 Monday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Orienteering Basics
Want to explore natural areas without the fear of becoming lost? Learn and practice the basic skills of orienteering using a topographic map and compass.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Amphibians
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - What's the Buzz
Have you ever heard of Mead and wondered what it is? Mead as well as 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators. Enjoy an evening learning about our native pollinators and why they are so important.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 25 Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Youth Fishing Derby
Enjoy a fun filled morning of fishing and other family friendly activities!
Special Events Boone Don Williams Recreation Area
May 28 Tuesday 6:00 PM Friends of Rock Creek
May 28th ~ 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
Jun 1 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Fishing Derby
If you are between the ages of 6 -15 and enjoy fishing come on out to Gustafson Lake – Gabrielson Park on Saturday, June 1st for the annual Buena Vista County Conservation fishing derby.
Special Events Buena Vista Gabrielson Park - Gustafson Lake
Jun 1 Saturday 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Watercolor Landscape for Beginners
Join us as we learn the basics of watercolor painting, while overlooking Jester Park on the nature center patio to paint our first landscape. No experience required! All supplies provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Budding Naturalists- Ages 3-4, June 4 2019
These little naturalists will have a hands-on introduction to nature. Parents/adult must attend. Camp includes games, crafts, and trail hikes and will be from 8:30 am-11 am.
Youth Camps Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Woodlands Storytime (3-4 yrs old with an adult)
Campers and an adult will learn about the woodland habitat through a story, craft, and a fun game or activity.
Youth Camps Iowa Lake Iowa Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures - Birds
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” (whatever that means to them).
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Chichaqua BioBlitz
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt with its myriad wetlands, grasslands and forests has long been known as an area of uncommon diversity. In June 2018 a BioBlitz was conducted at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku/Japanese Forest Bathing
De-stress and reconnect to nature with the mindfulness of Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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