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Apr 22 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Earth Day Stories on the Patio
Celebrate Earth Day with a local storyteller on the outdoor patio at the Jester Park Nature Center.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Apr 25 Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM Step Back in Time Eco-Bus Trip
Journey back in time as we explore the Amish & Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
Apr 27 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Mystery and History Hike
Take a hike with a naturalist as they lead you through this beautiful park. Along the hike, we will discuss the history of the park and unravel a few of its mysteries along the way.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 2 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
May 4-5 Saturday Upper Iowa River, Weekend Kayak Adventure
Float past beautiful limestone bluffs as you kayak down this crystal clear waterway. We will depart Jester Park and head for Chimney Rock Campground, set camp and eat lunch before taking on the river.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
May 4 Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Custom Willow Plant Stand
Create a willow plant stand for your summer garden with Pam Dennis & Ryk Weiss of Flock 9 Studios. Collect wild willows and learn construction techniques for a simple basic design while giving it a personalized twist of your own.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 4 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wildflower Hike
Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 6 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Wiggly Animals
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
May 7 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Bobcats in Iowa
This secretive animal, rarely seen or heard, has made a dramatic resurgence across the state and now is providing citizens with opportunities and concerns.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 7 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Essential Oils for the Outdoors
Join Bobbi Schaben with Young Living Essential Oils and PCC Naturalist Heidi Anderson on the benefits and usage of essential oils. We’ll focus on essential oils that might come in handy during an outdoor adventure.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 9 Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Giants of the Prairie
Bison and elk were two of the largest animals to ever roam across Iowa. What happened to them and where did they go? A naturalist will walk you through the exhibit and share the history of these giants of the prairie.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 15 Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Amana Colonies & Show Eco-Bus trip
Tour the historic Amana Colonies via motorcoach and explore downtown. In the afternoon, enjoy the comedic entertainment of the ”Church Basement Ladies” at the Old Creamery theater.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
May 16 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Meditation Around Town
Come and enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation in unique settings around our beautiful community.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 17 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.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
May 20-24 Monday Buffalo National River Kayak Trip
Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five day adventure to Arkansas. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
May 20 Monday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Hike for Health
Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.
Programs Polk Fort Des Moines Park
May 20 Monday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Orienteering Basics
Want to explore natural areas without the fear of becoming lost? Learn and practice the basic skills of orienteering using a topographic map and compass.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Amphibians
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 21 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - What's the Buzz
Have you ever heard of Mead and wondered what it is? Mead as well as 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators. Enjoy an evening learning about our native pollinators and why they are so important.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
May 23 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kayak Basics
Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
May 31 - Jun 5 Friday Colorado Whitewater Rafting
Its back and better than ever! After taking a break for a few years, Polk County Conservation is again sponsoring a trip to Colorado for a high-adventure whitewater rafting trip on the famous Arkansas River.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
Jun 1 Saturday 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Watercolor Landscape for Beginners
Join us as we learn the basics of watercolor painting, while overlooking Jester Park on the nature center patio to paint our first landscape. No experience required! All supplies provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 3 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Fishing
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Jun 4 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Princess Adventures - Birds
Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them).
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jun 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Chichaqua BioBlitz
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt with its myriad wetlands, grasslands and forests has long been known as an area of uncommon diversity. In June 2018 a BioBlitz was conducted at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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