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Apr 11 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cancelled: 9th Annual Nature Egg Hunt
Cancelled: The Nature Egg Hunt is cancelled due to the proclamation issued by the state to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people to limit community spread of COVID-19.
Special Events Linn Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Apr 25 Saturday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The Wonderful World of Wildflowers
Spring Wildflower
Programs Fayette Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
May 2 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pioneer Skills Festival
Have you ever wondered how the pioneers made their own rope or dipped their own candles?
Special Events Cass Hitchcock Recreation Area
May 7 Thursday 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Full Moon Hike
Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 16 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Love a Tree
Celebrate National Love a Tree Day at Thomas Mitchell Park. We’ll discuss how to identify and measure trees followed by a tree scavenger hunt around the park.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 22 Friday 8:30 PM - 10:00 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 27 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Old Time Meals
Join family and friends for a great meal, in a house that was built in 1851!
Special Events Buchanan Jakway Park
Jun 5 Friday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Tadpole Camp
3 camp sessions included - June 14, July 12, Aug 2 During this 3-day camp we will learn all about the animals that surround us, what the animals need to survive, and how we are similar to animals.
Youth Camps Madison Pammel State Park
Jun 5 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 6 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
Explore the healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case Haub, a certified forest guide
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 9-11 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Salamander Camp 1 (Ages 5-7)
Camp participants will spend time discovering all the things that can be found in different levels of the natural world including the water, soil, and air. We will learn about the things that swim in Middle River and explore Pammel Park.
Youth Camps Madison Pammel State Park
Jun 9 Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Lures
Bring your lunch and fishing gear as we visit a different Polk County pond each month during the summer to see what is biting.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 13 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pond Study
Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Jun 17 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Life in a Pond
Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 20 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Canoe Chichaqua
Explore Polk County’s biggest county park as we canoe through beautiful winding oxbows while enjoying the view and wildlife this park has to offer. We will cover basic safety and instruction; all equipment will be provided.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Jul 1 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour - Frog Hop
Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas.
Programs Polk Easter Lake Park
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