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Apr 28 Saturday 8:00 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
May 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Butterfly or Moth, How do you Know?
Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Is it how they look? Or perhaps how they behave? Are they more alike or more different? How can you tell if a caterpillar will turn into a moth or a butterfly?
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 1 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Power of Pollinators
Did you know more than 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators? Learn how pollination works, who the pollinators are and threats they face.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 5 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Off-Trail Trek on the Skunk River Greenbelt: Experience the songs and colors of spring in the forest
Hike off trail with a naturalist and get a new perspective on your parks. Bring your curiosity as we explore and adventure. Prepare to hike over rough—possibly hilly or muddy—terrain and through vegetation.
Programs Story Skunk River Greenbelt
May 8 Tuesday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Brown Bag Bunch - Neotropical HIke
Learn about the migrating neotropical birds.
Programs Marshall Grammer Grove Wildlife Area
May 9 Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Backyard Pollinator Gardens
The Lime Creek Nature Center and North Iowa Nature Club present award-winning photographer Noppadol Paothong, who will provide a visually-pleasing presentation about how to provide pollinator habitats in the backyard.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
May 14 Monday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GAIN - Life in the Pond - CANCELLED
Join us for this GAIN (Get Active in Nature) activity.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
May 17 Thursday 5:00 PM Wildflower Walk with Katie Byerly - CANCELLED
Whether you are new to wildflowers or an expert with knowledge to share, join us for a monthly walk studying the flowers of Lime Creek.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
May 17 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Creek Walk
Explore and investigate life in a stream as we stroll through Paw Creek in Jester Park. Participants need to wear old clothes and shoes that are secure (no flip flops) and can get wet.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 19 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Trail Enhancement and Management (TEAM) Day
Be a part of our TEAM and help make improvements to county trail systems.All volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves, pants, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves and a water bottle.
Programs Story Skunk River Greenbelt
May 24 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. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 1 Friday 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM Dragons in Polk County
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn about these amazing aerialists! We’ll even try to catch some!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 9 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Drumming
Join us for a unique morning in nature learning the art and significance of drumming. Life in Balance coach, Gail McCarthy will be share historical significance of drumming. She will lead participants in a drumming circle in a woodland setting.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 11-14 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Junior Naturalist Camp (June 11-14)
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to shoot a bow, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns
Thousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad era. In some instances, they were small towns built around the time of the height of a coal industry that just could not thrive.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Canoeing
Participants will learn about types of canoes, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Geo the Geode
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
Jun 13 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:28 AM Nature Playdate Life in a Pond
Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 14 Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skill - Archery
Learn the basics of archery by focusing on form and safety. We’ll cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 14 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Archery
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery with a compound bow.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 16 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bumble Bee Hunt
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a naturalist to search for and document the number of bumble bees found at Jester Park. After a short bee identification talk, we’ll search for as many bees species as we can find!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 18-21 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Junior Naturalist Camp (June 18-21) - FULL
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to shoot a bow, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 19 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures - All About Birds
Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past, participate in a nature activity, followed by a tea party with a snack.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 19 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Kayaking
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 19 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kayaking 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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
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