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Feb 16 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
Come learn about owl 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
Feb 17 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tracks and Scat
Join a naturalist to explore off the beaten path as we search for signs of wildlife in this beautiful forest.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Feb 18 Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cabin Fever Days: Animal Signs
Get out of the house on this no-school day for a morning of discovery!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Feb 18 Monday 10:30 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.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 18 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mammals of Iowa
Join a naturalist to learn about the wild mammals of Iowa. Feel animal furs and make an animal track sheet.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 19 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine – Love in the Wild
Animals celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round. Some of these mating rituals are wonderfully bizarre! Join us as we reveal the “love” secrets of a variety of animals.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 20 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool - Cross Country Skiing
Join us this month for Cross Country Skiing! - Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment and hands on activities to keep your teen active and engaged.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 20 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Volunteer Appreciation Event
We want to personally thank our wonderful volunteers for all that they do for us by having a meal in their honor.
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Feb 23 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Antler Shed Hunt
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 24 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 26 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Owl Prowl
Wildlife rehabilitator, Beth Brown, will provide a program on Owls featuring a live Barred Owl. Following her presentation, there will be a short owl calling hike.
Programs Madison Pammel State Park
Feb 27 Wednesday 2:00 PM Weaving Class for Youth
Children will have fun learning the art of weaving and will be able to take home a place mat that they create!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 1 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ecology - Home School
Ecology - Discover the ways that living organisms cooperate and even depend on each other to survive. Explore food chains, food webs, & more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 1 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Campfire Building and Survival - Home School
Campfire Building and Survival - Learn some tips and tricks on how to build a good campfire with a variety of materials. We will practice building a fire and learn some additional wilderness survival strategies.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 1 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Ecology - Home School (1-2:30)
Ecology - Discover the ways that living organisms cooperate and even depend on each other to survive. Explore food chains, food webs, & more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 3-4 Sunday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Geology and Jazz
What does the natural history of the mighty Mississippi River have to do with the vibrant history of the City of New Orleans? On Sunday March 3rd at 5:00 pm come to the Hurstville Interpretive Center to learn just that.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 5 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Forget Recycling Often, Start Recycling Right!
Ammon Taylor, Municipal Marketing Manager for Waste Management, will discuss changes in the recycling industry and the need for continued education about what can or can’t be recycled.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 6 Wednesday 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
Mar 9 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Loop the Lake
Join a PCC Naturalist for a leisurely hike around the Discovery Pond trail. Discover the many unique features of this park as we “Loop the Lake”.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Iowa Reptiles
Discover a few of the reptiles that call Iowa home. Meet a live snake and ornate box turtle. FREE. No registration required.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 10 Sunday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Soap Making Workshop
Join a naturalist in learning the history, chemistry and benefits of making your own homemade soap.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 13 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment and hands on activities to keep your teen active and engaged.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 13 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness and Movement Class
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
Mar 14 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
Mar 15 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM KinderNature: Reptile Riot
Children from Kdg-3rd grade will have fun and learn about Iowa's reptiles!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
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