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Oct 18 Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Learn the truth about this grossly misunderstood animal.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 18 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Paints - NOW CANCELLED
Bring your creativity and find out how easy, fun, and beautiful it is to make soil paint! You don’t have to be an artist to make art.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 20 Saturday Fall Festival at Swan Lake
Join Naturalist, Matt Wetrich, at the Swan Lake Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 2018 Pheasants Forever Youth Pheasant Hunt
This event is free and open to local youth that are ages 12-15, and have successfully completed Hunter Education. Those Interested need to fill out an application.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Youth Mentor Hunt- 2018
Those age 12-15 that are Iowa residents and have passed their hunter safety course. Are invited to join us for a morning of pheasant hunting during the youth season. Only a limited number of youths will be allowed, register online and send in forms.
Other Location Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Oct 20 Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Briggs Woods Halloween Event & Fundraiser "Night Time Animals & Haunted Woods Hikes"
Discover what roams at Briggs Woods Park at night on the first hike. A Haunted Woods Hike by Troop 17 will follow the Autumn Night Hike. The hikes are a fundraiser for the Naturalist Program and Boy Scouts so a fee of $2.00 per person applies.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Oct 20 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Trick or Treat Night
The annual trick or treat night at Breezy Bay campground will be Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Special Events Story Hickory Grove Park
Oct 23 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Creatures of the Night
Halloween is creeping in. Learn about the creatures that lurk in the night. No need to be scared, we will tell you the truth about these mysterious beings while you relax with a glass of wine.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 25 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterwards enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 26 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Stories and S'mores
Join naturalist Heather Hucka for an evening of nature-inspired stories and songs along with everyone’s favorite fire treat…S’MORES!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 26 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Owl Prowl
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Open Air Rifle Range
Both air rifle and archery are Olympic sports and gaining in popularity across the country. Join one of PCC’s Naturalists, who are certified instructors, during our open, indoor range times to experience these sports in a safe, supervised setting.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Explore your Outdoors: Camouflage!
Join Naturalist Jess Lancial as we discover and explore the amazing survival strategies of camouflage.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Kids
Nature Kids is for children 3-5 years who want to learn about the natural world around them through stories, crafts, and outdoor exploring at Osborne Park.
Programs Clayton Osborne Park
Oct 27 Saturday 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Little Wall Lake Halloween Event
Camper trick-or-treat and hayrides!! Awards for the best two decorated campsites. Wear your best costume!
Special Events Hamilton Little Wall Lake Park
Oct 27 Saturday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM R.I.P. HIke
Thomas Mitchell Park is the final resting spot of Dewitt Devotie. Who was he and why is he buried in the park? We’ll hike to his gravestone to pay our respects and try to unravel this eerie mystery.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Nov 1 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
Nov 3 Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Womens Hunter Education Course
Story County Conservation and Iowa DNR are teaming up to offer Iowa Hunter Education certification in a program designed for women ages 16 and up.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Nov 3 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Get Nutty
Come learn more about nuts and the trees they come from as we enjoy one of the new Yellow Banks Trails. We might also learn a few other interesting facts about nuts from around the world.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Nov 3 Saturday 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
Nov 3 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drumming
Join us for a unique afternoon in nature learning the art and significance of drumming. Life in Balance Coach, Gail McCarthy, will share the historical significance of drumming.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 3 Saturday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Night Eyes / Night Hike
What is different about animal's eyes that allows them to see better at night? Come walk through the leaves as we hike on the trails in search of creatures of the night. We will be looking for owls, raccoons, deer, coyotes, mice, cats, and others..
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Nov 7 Wednesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Working Together - The Outdoor Alliance and Story County Conservation
Story County Conservation (SCC) has many collaborators in their efforts to enhance outdoor recreation, education and conservation. One of the more recent partners is the Outdoor Alliance of Story County(OASCO).
Programs Story McFarland Park
Nov 8 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 9 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Archery Range
Both air rifle and archery are Olympic sports and gaining in popularity across the country. Join one of PCC’s Naturalists, who are certified instructors, during our open, indoor range times to experience these sports in a safe, supervised setting.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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