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Feb 20 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Animal Guides Meditation
Each animal in our world offers powerful messages, healing and wisdom simply by being itself. Join Kara Simons for a guided meditation and discussion honoring our energetic and physical connections with animals as teachers and guides.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Home School Program - Zoology at 10
Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the members of the animal kingdom and animal life in general. This class will focus on the process of classifying animals by shared characteristics.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Snowshoeing & Shinrin Yoku Winter Reflection
Enjoy an active hour of snowshoeing followed by two hours of nature immersion with Shinrin Yoku. Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine Physician.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Home School Program - Zoology at 1
Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the members of the animal kingdom and animal life in general. This class will focus on the process of classifying animals by shared characteristics.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Join a naturalist for peaceful hike on a winter’s day. We will learn what animals do to survive the harsh Iowa winters and look for early signs of spring’s arrival.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Feb 22 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 23 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 27 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Volunteer Appreciation Event
We want to personally thank our volunteers for all they do for us.
Special Events Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Feb 27 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Book Worms - American Wolf
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 1 Sunday 2:00 PM Aldo Leopold Reading
Come and listen to members of the community read aloud essays from A Sand County Almanac and take part in the discussions.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Okefenokee Swamp
The great Okefenokee Swamp evolved from the depths of the ocean and has existed for thousands of years.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 5 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Nocturnal Animals
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
Mar 5 Thursday 12:00 PM Lunch and Learn: Big Trees
Learn what measurements are used and how a champion tree is determined.
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 7 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:29 AM Maple Tree Tapping
Join us March 7 for a short program and demonstration on maple tree tapping at the Prairie Woods Nature Center.
Programs Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Mar 7 Saturday 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Watercolor Class
Learn to paint with watercolor! We will cover the basics, discussing paints, brushes, paper, and technique before moving onto painting our first work of art.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 7 Saturday 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
Mar 9 Monday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Mar 10 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness & 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 12 Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pine Needle Basket Class
Explore the lovely art form of basket weaving using longleaf pine needles.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 13 Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM KinderNature: Bird Houses
This month build a bird house and learn about birds in Iowa.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 13 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM KinderNature- Build a Wren House
Homeschool students and their families are invited to join a naturalist in building a wren house!
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 13 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Teen Nature: Birds
Students in grades 4th-8th are invited to join this months Teen Nature. This program is geared towards home school students. This month we will be learning about birds.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 14 Saturday 7:00 AM Duck Waddle
Great for beginning birders to learn from seasoned bird watchers and for anyone wanting to freshen up on waterfowl identification.
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Mar 16 Monday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Best Puppet Show Ever
Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 16 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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