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Aug 23 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Prairie Walk
Join Dr. Thomas Rosburg on monthly prairie walks at the largest prairie remnant in Story County. See rare and common prairie flora that changes each month and learn about the history and ecology of central Iowa prairies.
Programs Story Doolittle Prairie
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 27 Monday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GAIN (Get Active in Nature) - Monarch Tagging
Join us on the Lime Creek prairie as we attempt to tag monarch butterflies.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Aug 27 Monday 5:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Souls) - Prairie Hike!
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Buchanan Bearbower Sand Prairie
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 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 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 9 Sunday 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Fall Festival
The Lime Creek Nature Center and Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board invite you to our ninth annual Fall Festival!
Special Events Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
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 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 - 8:00 PM Sunset on the Bluff
Explore the Scenic Loess Hills
Special Events Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Sep 20 Thursday 6:00 PM Wildflower Walk with Katie Byerly
Whether you are new to wildflowers or an expert with knowledge to share, join us for a monthly walk studying the flowers of Lime Creek.
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Sep 22 Saturday 2:00 PM National Public Lands Day - Horsedrawn Tours
Experience spectacular fall color on this tour of the Matsell Bridge Natural Area
Special Events Linn Matsell Bridge Natural Area
Sep 22 Saturday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Happy Hour Harvest
Help conservation staff collect prairie seed at Story County’s hidden gem, Doolittle Prairie. After collecting seed, we’ll gather at Alluvial Brewing Company to relax, mingle, and enjoy discounted pints!
Special Events Story Doolittle Prairie
Sep 22 Saturday 10:00 PM Knee High Naturalists
In the Tall, Tall Grass
Programs Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
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
Sep 27 Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Prairie Seed Harvest
Help conservation staff collect prairie seed at Story County’s hidden gem, Doolittle Prairie. We’ll show you what to collect and provide information about the plants around you as you work.
Programs Story Doolittle Prairie
Sep 29 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Youth will be placed in groups of two and teamed with an experienced waterfowl hunter and conservation officer for a guided waterfowl hunt at Chichaqua. Mentors will provide dogs, decoys, calling skills and guidance.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Sep 29 Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Trail Enhancement and Management (TEAM) Day - River Clean Up
This river clean up day will be a collaborative effort with the Outdoor Alliance of Story County. We will float from Soper's Mill to Sleepy Hollow and pick up trash along the way.
Programs Story Soper's Mill
Oct 2 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Hike it Baby
Parents and their children from birth to school age are invited to join the Des Moines Hike It Baby chapter for a casual naturalist led hike.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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