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Feb 23 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Antler Shed Hunt
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 24 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bald Eagle Watch
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 28 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Mar 1 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ecology - Home School
Ecology - Discover the ways that living organisms cooperate and even depend on each other to survive. Explore food chains, food webs, & more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 1 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Campfire Building and Survival - Home School
Campfire Building and Survival - Learn some tips and tricks on how to build a good campfire with a variety of materials. We will practice building a fire and learn some additional wilderness survival strategies.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 1 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Ecology - Home School (1-2:30)
Ecology - Discover the ways that living organisms cooperate and even depend on each other to survive. Explore food chains, food webs, & more.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 5 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Forget Recycling Often, Start Recycling Right!
Ammon Taylor, Municipal Marketing Manager for Waste Management, will discuss changes in the recycling industry and the need for continued education about what can or can’t be recycled.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 6 Wednesday 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
Mar 9 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Loop the Lake
Join a PCC Naturalist for a leisurely hike around the Discovery Pond trail. Discover the many unique features of this park as we “Loop the Lake”.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 9 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Iowa Reptiles
Discover a few of the reptiles that call Iowa home. Meet a live snake and ornate box turtle. FREE. No registration required.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 13 Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Outdoors Afterschool - Cancelled
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment and hands on activities to keep your teen active and engaged.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 13 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness and Movement Class
Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in focused ways can bring back a connection with the natural world.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 14 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
Mar 16 Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Woodworking for Bats
Come learn why bats are important and what you can do to help with bat conservation. Each participant will construct a basic bat house to either take home or donate back to one of Polk County Conservation’s parks.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Monday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Songs, Stories and More
Join a naturalist to hear stories and sing songs as we learn about insects, decomposition, how dirt made your lunch, and more. Come ready to sing loud and proud, the more singers, the more fun.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 18 Monday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 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.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 19 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Survivor Camp
Spend a day having fun and staying active. We will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors.
Youth Camps Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 19 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Hike
Join us for a spring break nature hike with a naturalist as we learn about and explore the outdoors.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 19 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Spring Fling
Our program will focus on balance as we prepare for the first day of spring. We'll discuss spring equinox facts, folklore, and more while strolling through the prairie, woodland and around the pond.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 20 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Rock On- and Fossil Fun
Join a naturalist to learn the basics about rocks and minerals. Afterwards, participants will get the chance to make their own fossil to take home. All materials provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 20 Wednesday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Vernal Equinox Hike
The spring equinox (vernal equinox) marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This hike will feature spring equinox facts, folklore, and more! FREE.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 21 Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nature Hike
Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life. This adventure shows how a forest bursts alive with wildlife, excitement and activity. FREE.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Mar 21 Thursday 7:30 PM - 9:30 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 28 Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Mar 29 Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Rain Barrel Workshop
Learn how to collect and use runoff water and then make your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home. All materials will be provided. Make sure you are able to transport your barrel back to your home after the workshop.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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