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Apr 29 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Butterfly or Moth, How do you Know?
Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Is it how they look? Or perhaps how they behave? Are they more alike or more different? How can you tell if a caterpillar will turn into a moth or a butterfly?
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 1 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Power of Pollinators
Did you know more than 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators? Learn how pollination works, who the pollinators are and threats they face.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 7 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Busy Beavers
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 Polk County Education Programs
May 15 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Silly Salamander
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 Fort Des Moines Park
May 17 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Creek Walk
Explore and investigate life in a stream as we stroll through Paw Creek in Jester Park. Participants need to wear old clothes and shoes that are secure (no flip flops) and can get wet.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 18 Friday 8:00 PM - 9:30 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 21-25 Monday Current River Kayak Trip
Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five-day paddling adventure on the Current River in Missouri. The crystal clear Current River moves through stunning Ozark landscapes, and features many caves and large springs along the way.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
May 24 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing
Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 30 Wednesday 6:45 AM - 6:30 PM Kalona Historical Tour, Eco Bus trip - FULL! Please add name to waitlist.
Eco-bus trip registration opens March 24 at 8:00 AM. Step back in time and visit the Amish and Mennonite community of Kalona, Iowa.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
Jun 1 Friday 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM Dragons in Polk County
We have dragons living in Polk County; dragonflies and damselflies that is. Come learn about these amazing aerialists! We’ll even try to catch some!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 1 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 2 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 Yellow Banks Park
Jun 4 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Frog Hop
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 Polk County Education Programs
Jun 6 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nature's Story Hour Feathered Friends
Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family-friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
Jun 9 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Drumming
Join us for a unique morning in nature learning the art and significance of drumming. Life in Balance coach, Gail McCarthy will be share historical significance of drumming. She will lead participants in a drumming circle in a woodland setting.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 11-14 Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Junior Naturalist Camp (June 11-14)
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to shoot a bow, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 11 Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Geocaching
Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns
Thousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad era. In some instances, they were small towns built around the time of the height of a coal industry that just could not thrive.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skills - Canoeing
Participants will learn about types of canoes, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 12 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Geo the Geode
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
Jun 13 Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:28 AM Nature Playdate Life in a Pond
Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 14 Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Summer Skill - Archery
Learn the basics of archery by focusing on form and safety. We’ll cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 14 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Archery
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery with a compound bow.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 16 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bumble Bee Hunt
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a naturalist to search for and document the number of bumble bees found at Jester Park. After a short bee identification talk, we’ll search for as many bees species as we can find!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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