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Aug 20 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Insects
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Easter Lake Park
Aug 20 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Prairie Pondering
Tall grass prairie once covered 85% of Iowa's landscape. Most of this unique habitat has long since vanished; however, life on the prairie still lives today.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 21 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Renewal by Nature
Explore the evidence based information on the mind, body, spirit nature connection with Dr. Paul Peters.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 21 Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sunset Yoga
Relax and unwind with a short nature hike leading to Sunset Yoga on patio at the Jester Park Nature Center.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Aug 25 Sunday 2:00 PM Live Animal Feeding
Join us to feed our education animals.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Aug 30 Friday 8:30 PM Night Sky
Join us in viewing the night sky!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Aug 31 Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monarch Watch Public Program
Join us Saturday morning with the family to learn about monarch migration to Mexico. We will have an overview of Monarchs and their anatomy, their migration pattern, how and why we tag them.
Programs Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 1 Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Paddling on the Marsh
Try your hand at paddling a kayak or canoe at the Hurstville Marsh on Sunday, September 1st.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 3 Tuesday 8:00 AM Trick or Treat Hike Camper Sign up
This is the camper sign up for the Oct 12 Trick or Treat event at Oak Grove. Register for a campsite starting Sept 3 at 8am.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - History of Yellow Banks and Thomas Mitchell Parks
Yellow Banks Park is a 576+ acre park resting on the bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River. This park has a deep Native American history. Ranger Charlie Finch, will share some of the artifacts found on the property.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 5 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Fish
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
Sep 5 Thursday 10:00 AM Discovering Trout!
Join Dubuque, Jackson and Jones County Conservation in Discovering Trout!
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 5 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Autumn Phenology Journaling
Do you like to draw and write about nature? If so, phenology journaling must be for you! Phenology is the study of seasonal phenomena, and we will be taking a closer look at all of the changes happening in the park this autumn.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Sep 6 Friday 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Kayak 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 Yellow Banks Park
Sep 7 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monarch Tagging
Join Jackson County Conservation naturalists in learning about the monarch’s journey south for the winter every Saturday in September.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 7 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Vulture Awareness Day
Join us for a fun filled day to learn all about vultures! We’ll have a scavenger hunt, vulture vomit toss, stomach juice station, try eating like a vulture, wingspan comparisons, and more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 7 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drumming to the Rhythms of Nature
Drumming is a unique way to unwind and connect with the rhythms of nature. Sign-up early limited space!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 7 Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Catfishing Basics
Come learn about the different kinds of catfish, how big they actually get, and tips on catching them. We will then fish the Des Moines River and try to catch catfish. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own gear.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 12 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13-14 Friday 5:30 PM Beyond BOW - Eastern Iowa Fall Retreat
Join us for a great weekend hunting wild edibles and squirrels, learning to make baskets and soap, and rock climbing and kayaking.
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 13 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Bats! Creatures of the Night
Join us for an exciting time learning about some of the night's misunderstood creatures, bats!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 Friday 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Sep 14 Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Women In the Outdoors
Attention all ladies! Join us for a fun outdoor event. Laugh, relax, learn. Women in the Outdoors is for ages 14 and over, Sept 14th 8am-4:30pm
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 14 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pelicans in Iowa
Yes! That is correct. Saylorville and Red Rock Reservoirs are major stopover points for the American White Pelican during their annual Fall migration. A PCC Naturalist will lead a discussion about these large, odd, yet graceful birds.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 14 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Fall Hike - Decomposers
‘Tis the season for change and decay! Learn about the decomposers responsible for recycling dead leaves, logs, and other organisms, as we hike through the woods.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
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