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Dec 11 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wandering Woods Club
The “Club” is a time set aside for play at Wickiup Hill where you know other children will be here to play and make new friends.
Programs Linn Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Dec 12 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nestling Naturalists
Nestling Naturalists is a program designed for ages 0 - 4 with a story and activity that's different each time.?
Programs Black Hawk Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Dec 13 Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Natural Crafting
Join Black Hawk County Naturalists for an afternoon of crafting and learning.
Programs Black Hawk Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Dec 13 Friday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Hike and Hot Cocoa (National Hot Cocoa Day)
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day. We’ll start the program with a brisk walk around Discovery Pond and end by enjoying a mug of hot cocoa around a fire.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 14 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Decorate a Tree for Wildlife
While you are enjoying the many tasty treats that abound this holiday season, don't forget to share some goodies with the birds. Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 14 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Forest Therapy Walk
Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest.
Programs Warren Annett Nature Center and Park
Dec 15 Sunday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kayak Safety Practice - Pool Time!
Join us at Bender Pool to work on your kayak skills and safety in the off-season. Work on your strokes, entering and exiting your kayak, or work on your roll if you wish. Helmets are required by those attempting rolls.
Other Location Linn Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Dec 16 Monday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cabinet Door Creations
Join us at Lime Creek Nature Center as we turn trash into treasure, re-purposing cabinet doors into chalkboards, Christmas signs & decor!
Programs Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Dec 17 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Who Gives a Hoot
Join us to learn more about Iowa Owls. We will ID by sight and sound and discover how owls are such successful nocturnal predators.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 19 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Little Sprouts: Frozen Fun!
Build your own ice castle, and more Frozen inspired activities!
Programs Linn Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Dec 21 Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Light the Night 5-6:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 21 Saturday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Light the Night 6:30-8
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa. P
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 21 Saturday 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Light the Night 8-9:30
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars and share a cup of cocoa.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 26 Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tracks and Scat
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 27 Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Rock Me
Come learn the basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 29 Sunday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Winter Hike
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 30 Monday 10:00 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 30 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Owl Pellet Dissection
Come learn about owls 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
Dec 31 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Kids Ice Fishing Clinic
Bring the kids to the backwater area of Pinicon Ridge Park to send out the old year and learn the fine points of ice fishing.
Special Events Linn Pinicon Ridge Park
Dec 31 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Secrets of the Sun
Through interactive activities and games, we’ll learn about the characteristics of our Sun and how it compares to other stars in the universe. We’ll also take a look at the Sun through a telescope with a special solar viewing filter.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 2 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Salamanders
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
Jan 5 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM National Bird Day
Join us on National Bird Day for hands-on avian fun. We’ll learn that makes a bird a bird, what they eat, why they sing, and how they stay alive.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Iowa Underground Railroad
“Preacher,” “congressman,” “negro-stealer”: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life. He was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 9 Thursday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Moonlight Hike (or Snowshoe)
We will lead you on a moonlit hike or snowshoe saunter depending on the condition of the trails!
Programs Linn Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Jan 10 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Paleontology for Home School 10-11:30
Come see, touch, and learn all about Iowa’s fascinating paleontological past. We will discuss how fossils form and where to find them, and you will have the chance make your very own!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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