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Dec 13 Friday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Hike and Hot Cocoa (National Hot Cocoa Day)
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 14 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Decorate a Tree for Wildlife
While you are enjoying the many tasty treats that abound this holiday season, don't forget to share some goodies with the birds. Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 14 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Forest Therapy Walk
Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Dec 17 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Who Gives a Hoot
Join us to learn more about Iowa Owls. We will ID by sight and sound and discover how owls are such successful nocturnal predators.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 21 Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Light the Night 5-6:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 21 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Light the Night 6:30-8
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa. P
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 21 Saturday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Light the Night 8-9:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 26 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tracks and Scat
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 27 Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Rock Me
Come learn the basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 29 Sunday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Winter Hike
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 30 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Critter Club
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 30 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
Come learn about owls of Iowa and their adaptations as predators and their role in the food web. The presentation will be followed by a pellet dissection and analysis.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 31 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Kids Ice Fishing Clinic
Bring the kids to the backwater area of Pinicon Ridge Park to send out the old year and learn the fine points of ice fishing.
Special Events Linn Pinicon Ridge Park
Dec 31 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Secrets of the Sun
Through interactive activities and games, we’ll learn about the characteristics of our Sun and how it compares to other stars in the universe. We’ll also take a look at the Sun through a telescope with a special solar viewing filter.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 1 - Mar 1, 2020 Wednesday Beat the Blues Winter Activity Marathon
Beat the Blues Winter Activity Marathon This is an activity you complete on your own, not necessarily at McFarland Park.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Jan 2 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Salamanders
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
Jan 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM National Bird Day
Join us on National Bird Day for hands-on avian fun. We’ll learn that makes a bird a bird, what they eat, why they sing, and how they stay alive.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 7, 2020 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Reflections On Iowa Rivers and Their Futures NOTE:Location change
Reflections on Iowa Rivers and Their Futures Dr. Jim Pease, Emeritus Professor, NREM Iowa State University
Programs Story McFarland Park
Jan 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Iowa Underground Railroad
“Preacher,” “congressman,” “negro-stealer”: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life. He was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 10 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Paleontology for Home School 10-11:30
Come see, touch, and learn all about Iowa’s fascinating paleontological past. We will discuss how fossils form and where to find them, and you will have the chance make your very own!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 10 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Paleontology for Home School 1-2:30
Come see, touch, and learn all about Iowa’s fascinating paleontological past. We will discuss how fossils form and where to find them, and you will have the chance make your very own!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 11 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Explore Your Outdoors: Animal Tracks!
Explore Your Outdoors, Animal Tracks!.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
Jan 14 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Best Puppet Show Ever
Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 14 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness and Movement
Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in focused ways can bring back a connection with the natural world.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 17 Friday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Snowshoe Hikes at McFarland Park
Embrace winter with an invigorating snow shoe hike to explore McFarland Park.
Programs Story McFarland Park
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