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Aug 23 Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Grounding – Barefoot Walk in Nature
Research is finding that "grounding/earthing in nature," allowing skin to come in direct contact with the ground, has health benefits and can balance the body's central nervous system.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 23 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 Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 24 Friday 2:00 PM OWLS - Hike and Food
Join the OWLS group for a naturalist guided tour of Maquoketa Caves.
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Aug 25 Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Women in the Outdoors Workshop
Women ages 16 and older are invited to explore the outdoors, learn new skills and network with like-minded women.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Aug 25 Saturday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl Saturday, August 25th 7-8 p.m. Willow Lake Recreation Area, Woodbine
Programs Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
Aug 31 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 1 Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monarch Watch Family Program
We are seeing monarchs again! Join us for a morning of netting and tagging Monarchs on their migration south to Mexico.
Programs Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 2 Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kayaking on Marsh
On September 2nd come to the Hurstville Interpretive Center anytime between 1pm and 3pm to give our kayaks a try.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - The Early Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa
The early depression years, during President Herbert Hoover’s administration, marked the depths of the Great Depression for the United States.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pelicans in Iowa
The American white pelicans are here! Come and learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 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. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Woodworking for Bats
Come learn how bats are important and what we can do to help with bat conservation. After a short presentation, each participant will construct a basic bat house to either take home or donate back to Polk County Conservation to be used in the parks.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8-9 Saturday 7:00 AM Broken Kettle Grasslands Trip
Join Jackson County Conservation in going to the Broken Kettle Grasslands on September 8th -9th. Participant cost is $60 for travel, camping, and food expenses.
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 8 Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Women in the Outdoors
Ladies ages 14 and up (ages 14-17 with adult), are invited to join the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, and O'Brien County Conservation Boards for a fun filled day of outdoor experiences.
Other Location Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 8 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Tots: Very Busy Spider
Nature Tots: Very Busy Spider Saturday, September 8th 10-11 a.m. Willow Lake Recreation Area, Woodbine
Programs Harrison Willow Lake Recreation Area
Sep 8 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Saturday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing
Celebrate World Wide Forest Bathing day with a certified Forest Therapy Guides, Julie & Joseph Breshears. Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in nature.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 10 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Migration Madness
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 Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 12 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Hamilton Prairie Walk
Take a walk on a prairie remnant and enjoy seeing prairie flowers in bloom!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Sep 13 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. Bring your questions and ideas.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Art in the Park: Growing Gardens
Come create nature based art by scavenging for materials, building insects, and planting plants.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Sep 13 Thursday 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.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 14 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 22 Saturday 3:00 PM Dutch Oven Gathering
Calling all area Dutch Oven Cookers, we will be hosting an afternoon of friendly dutch oven cooking and competition. Dishes will be judged with first place awarded in each category. Pre-registration is required.
Special Events Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Sep 25 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Temporary Art in the Park
Come explore what nature has to offer with this exciting art program featuring ephemeral, or short lived, art, insects, and flowers.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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