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Apr 28 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM North Cabin at Swan Lake - OPEN HOUSE
OPEN HOUSE for the North Cabin at Swan Lake State Park Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:00 am until Noon
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Apr 28 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pollinators and Pollinator Gardens
Pollinators are a diverse group and play an important role in the ecosystem as well as our own live
Programs Buena Vista Gabrielson Park - Gustafson Lake
Apr 29 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. - Butterflies in Iowa & in Your Backyard
We’ll start with an introduction to the 110 butterflies that call Iowa home then provide tips on creating butterfly habitat in your own backyard
Programs Story McFarland Park
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 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Explore Your Outdoors - Insects
Scoop in the pond, dig through logs, and discover that all insects play an important role in helping our habitats.
Programs Story McFarland Park
May 6 Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spring Festival
Enjoy a free and family-friendly afternoon at McFarland Park.
Special Events Story McFarland Park
May 11 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
View the night sky!
Programs Marshall Green Castle Recreation Area
May 12 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking
Come enjoy some food samples and learn the basics of Dutch Oven Cooking and Campfire Cooking.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
May 15 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Silly Salamander
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 Fort Des Moines Park
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 18 Friday 4:00 PM 2018 Nature Camp T-Shirts
Order your 2018 Nature Camp T-Shirt here!
Youth Camps Story McFarland Park
May 18 Friday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Catch-n-Croakers
Learn to identify frogs by sight and sound before sloshing into the wetlands to catch these amazing creatures. Bring your own net and flashlight. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms 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
May 25 Friday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Birds of Prey
Iowa is home to many different species of raptors. Come and learn what makes these avian predators so unique.
Programs Buena Vista Buena Vista County Conservation Park
May 26 Saturday 5K Trail Run/Walk
Trail Run or Walk at Lake Icaria for everyone young to old
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
May 26 Saturday 10:00 AM Youth Fishing Clinic
Fun fishing for youth
Special Events Adams Lake Icaria
May 30 Wednesday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kayaking 101 Early Group
Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
May 30 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Kayaking 101 Late Group
Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
May 31 Thursday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kayaking 101 Early Group
Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial Park
May 31 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Kayaking 101 Late Group
Learn kayaking basics at Kennedy Park
Programs Webster Kennedy Memorial 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 1 Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fishing Basics
Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided. Feel free to a chair to sit in.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 1 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Trailgate Party Celebrating National Trails Day
Celebrate National Trails Day with a refreshing beverage, snacks, giveaways, and door prizes while learning about trails across the county!
Other Location Story McFarland Park
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