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Aug 27 Monday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson Early Group
SUP basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
Aug 27 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson Late Group
SUP basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
Aug 27 Monday 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evening Paddle
Explore Badger Lake at dusk
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
Aug 28 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Playscape Playdate
Join the naturalist for a morning of adventure at John F Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
Aug 31 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 1 Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monarch Watch Family Program
We are seeing monarchs again! Join us for a morning of netting and tagging Monarchs on their migration south to Mexico.
Programs Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 2 Sunday 4:00 PM 2018 Summer Concert Series: Featuring Towne
Join us at Narrows River Park for an outdoor concert against the Missouri River featuring Towne!
Special Events Pottawattamie Narrows River Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - The Early Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa
The early depression years, during President Herbert Hoover’s administration, marked the depths of the Great Depression for the United States.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pelicans in Iowa
The American white pelicans are here! Come and learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 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. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Women in the Outdoors
Ladies ages 14 and up (ages 14-17 with adult), are invited to join the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, and O'Brien County Conservation Boards for a fun filled day of outdoor experiences.
Other Location Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 8 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Saturday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing
Celebrate World Wide Forest Bathing day with a certified Forest Therapy Guides, Julie & Joseph Breshears. Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in nature.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 10 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Migration Madness
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 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. Bring your questions and ideas.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 Thursday 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.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 14 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 15 Saturday Pollinatorfest
A true pollination celebration at Lake Iowa Park
Special Events Iowa Lake Iowa Park
Sep 22 Saturday 3:00 PM Dutch Oven Gathering
Calling all area Dutch Oven Cookers, we will be hosting an afternoon of friendly dutch oven cooking and competition. Dishes will be judged with first place awarded in each category. Pre-registration is required.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 5-6 Friday Creepy Camping
A family friendly event filled with fall-themed fun!
Special Events Iowa Lake Iowa Park
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