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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 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Geocache Egg Hunt
Your family will love this new-age way of hunting for eggs. Learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find the Conservation Bunny’s nests of hidden treasures of prizes and candy!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 20 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Earth Day Carnival
2019 Earth Day Carnival
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Apr 20 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Geocaching Egg Hunt
Try a new kind of egg hunt with a GPS unit. The hunt will take you on an adventure close or far at Fontana Park.
Special Events Buchanan Fontana Park
Apr 20 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Earth Day Event
Roll up your sleeves and help us clean up Mason City streets, parks, and trails.
Special Events Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Apr 20 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM After School Special - Egg Hunt
With springtime upon us, many birds are in the process of laying eggs.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Apr 22 Monday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Day - Spring Wildflower Hike at Skillet Creek Indian Mounds
Visit Native American Burial and Ceremonial Mounds on this challenging hike to the top of the river valley. We will be looking for spring wildflowers as we venture up to the hill top where the mounds are located.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
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
Apr 24 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dutch Oven Cooking Basics
Sensational cooking is not just done in the kitchen! Discover the delicious world of Dutch oven cooking in the outdoors.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 26 Friday 9:30 AM Buchanan County Conservation Energy Games
Students from area schools and home schools will be competing in Solar Car Races, Solar Oven Contests and/or Wind Turbine Competitions.
Programs Buchanan Fontana Park
Apr 27 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Smartphone Photography 101
Want to get the most of our your phone’s camera? Join us in the hands on program while Lisa Hovis, owner of PhotoSynthesis in Ames, tells you everything you need to know!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Apr 27 Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Whitetail Deer Antler Shed Hike at Camp WaNoKi
Come and find some whitetail deer antler sheds for some fun outdoors.
Special Events Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
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 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Willow Lake Outdoor Day
Bring the family out to do outdoor skills like kayaking, fishing, archery and target practice with BB guns!
Special Events Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
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 4 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Hoots and Howls
Hoot like an owl. Howl like a coyote. Moo like a frog?! Through activities, experiments, and lots of silly sounds explore how and why animals communicate.
Programs Story McFarland Park
May 5 Sunday 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM WildTots
Comes as a family and join Natalie Welter as we learn and grow together.
Programs Story McFarland Park
May 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Off the Map - Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around Iowa
Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around Iowa presented by Rosa Snyder and Co-sponsored by Humanities Iowa.
Programs Story McFarland 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
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