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Oct 15 Monday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Souls) - Geocaching
Join a Naturalist to learn all about Buchanan County Parks. Each OWLS program will meet at a different park each month.
Programs Buchanan Crumbacher Wildlife Area
Oct 16 Tuesday Knee High Naturalists - Bats
Knee High Naturalists is a great way to get your youngster exploring nature and the great outdoors! Join Tama County Conservation on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for this series for 2-4 year olds.
Programs Tama Otter Creek Lake & Park
Oct 17 Wednesday 7:00 PM - 8:25 PM Trivia Night
Enjoy a fun night of nature trivia!
Programs Marshall GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Oct 18 Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Going Batty
Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Learn the truth about this grossly misunderstood animal.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 18 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Paints - NOW CANCELLED
Bring your creativity and find out how easy, fun, and beautiful it is to make soil paint! You don’t have to be an artist to make art.
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 18 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Halloween Hike
It’s almost Halloween, and the woods at Lime Creek will come alive with all kinds of interesting creatures with environmental messages to tell.
Special Events Cerro Gordo Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area
Oct 19 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM KinderNature- Prairie Plants
Discover prairie plants through their seeds, life cycles and more at our homeschool series program geared for Kdg-3rd.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 19-20 Friday 3:00 PM - 11:59 PM Buy two nights, get a $15 camping voucher
Buy two nights, get a $15 camping voucher
Special Events Des Moines Big Hollow Recreation Area
Oct 20 Saturday Fall Festival at Swan Lake
Join Naturalist, Matt Wetrich, at the Swan Lake Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 2018 Pheasants Forever Youth Pheasant Hunt
This event is free and open to local youth that are ages 12-15, and have successfully completed Hunter Education. Those Interested need to fill out an application.
Special Events Carroll Swan Lake State Park
Oct 20 Saturday 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Youth Mentor Hunt- 2018
Those age 12-15 that are Iowa residents and have passed their hunter safety course. Are invited to join us for a morning of pheasant hunting during the youth season. Only a limited number of youths will be allowed, register online and send in forms.
Other Location Sioux Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park
Oct 20 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Annual Jones County Fall Colors and Archaeology Paddle
Annual Fall Colors and Archaeology Canoe Paddling Trip
Special Events Jones Central Park
Oct 20 Saturday 10:00 AM Knee High Naturalists
Itsy Bitsy Spiders
Programs Plymouth Hillview Recreation Area
Oct 20 Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Preserving Pellett Woods Workday
Volunteer for the afternoon in our preserve!
Special Events Cass Frank Chapman Pellett Memorial Woods
Oct 20 Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Briggs Woods Halloween Event & Fundraiser "Night Time Animals & Haunted Woods Hikes"
Discover what roams at Briggs Woods Park at night on the first hike. A Haunted Woods Hike by Troop 17 will follow the Autumn Night Hike. The hikes are a fundraiser for the Naturalist Program and Boy Scouts so a fee of $2.00 per person applies.
Programs Hamilton Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course
Oct 23 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Creatures of the Night
Halloween is creeping in. Learn about the creatures that lurk in the night. No need to be scared, we will tell you the truth about these mysterious beings while you relax with a glass of wine.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 25 Thursday 9:00 AM Haunted History Tour- OWLS Event
Take a trip through Jackson, Jones and Dubuque counties to visit locations with a haunting history. Poor farms, haunted hotels, abandoned insane asylums, and more!
Other Location Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 25 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Afterwards enjoy eating s’mores around the campfire.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 25 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Metal Jewelry
Learn about metalsmithing!
Programs Marshall GrimesFarm & Conservation Center
Oct 26 Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Family Fun Day
Join us for some outdoor nature fun on this no-school day! Children of all ages are invited to join a naturalist for a hike, games, activities and crafts.
Programs Jackson Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct 26 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Stories and S'mores
Join naturalist Heather Hucka for an evening of nature-inspired stories and songs along with everyone’s favorite fire treat…S’MORES!
Programs Story McFarland Park
Oct 26 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Owl Prowl
After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 9:00 AM Trick or Treat for the Animals
Create some creative pumpkins and then watch the animals eat all of their treats that are placed inside!
Programs Buchanan Fontana Park
Oct 27 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Open Air Rifle Range
Both air rifle and archery are Olympic sports and gaining in popularity across the country. Join one of PCC’s Naturalists, who are certified instructors, during our open, indoor range times to experience these sports in a safe, supervised setting.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 27 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Explore your Outdoors: Camouflage!
Join Naturalist Jess Lancial as we discover and explore the amazing survival strategies of camouflage.
Programs Story McFarland Park
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