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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 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 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 - 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 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM R.I.P. HIke
Thomas Mitchell Park is the final resting spot of Dewitt Devotie. Who was he and why is he buried in the park? We’ll hike to his gravestone to pay our respects and try to unravel this eerie mystery.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Nov 1 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 3 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Get Nutty
Come learn more about nuts and the trees they come from as we enjoy one of the new Yellow Banks Trails. We might also learn a few other interesting facts about nuts from around the world.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Nov 3 Saturday 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
Nov 3 Saturday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Drumming
Join us for a unique afternoon in nature learning the art and significance of drumming. Life in Balance Coach, Gail McCarthy, will share the historical significance of drumming.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 8 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 9 Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Archery 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
Nov 10 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Iowa Reptiles
Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate. This program will feature live snakes.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 10 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Animal Winter Surival
How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive a long cold Iowa winter.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 13 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
Did you meet Carrie, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s corpse flower? Although recognized for the plant’s unappetizing smell, Carrie is also an important plant for conservation reasons. J
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 13 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Talking Turkey
Learn more about turkeys while relaxing with a glass of wine. This program is for women ages 21+ who are interested in getting outside. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world, as you unwind and have fun.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 14 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? Join us as we provide instruction, equipment and hands on activities to keep your teen active and engaged.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 17 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Turkey Trek
Come enjoy a 3-mile hike through beautiful Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s largest urban forest preserve. We’ll talk about turkeys and how animals are preparing for winter all while burning some calories.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Nov 23 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM #OptOutside Hike
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Nov 29 Thursday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Seeing Stars
Come learn the fascinating history of how our solar system was formed, focusing on our unique planets, moons, and Sun. We will identify a number of constellations and other major astronomical objects in the classroom, followed by outdoor stargazing.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 1 Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Super Saturday Shootout
Learn the basics of archery and air rifle target shooting. Get hands on shooting experience in the warmth and comfort of the new indoor shooting ranges.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 1 Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Do It Yourself Body Care
Learn how easy it is to make your own body care products at home. We will make lip balm, fizzing bath powder, and body scrub for you take home and enjoy or give as a holiday gift.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Raptors of the Midwest
Learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. W
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 6 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 8 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Holiday Make and Take
Come and make some unique holiday nature decorations and gifts out of natural and recycled materials. Pre-registration required; deadline is December 3. Fee: $10.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Dec 8 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Welcome the holiday season with a fragrant, homemade evergreen wreath. Learn to assemble a variety of fresh evergreen cuttings into a festive wreath, and then add your own personal touches to make it uniquely yours.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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