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Jan 21 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Winter Hideaway
Learn the different strategies animals use to survive the long, cold, and dark winter. Wear comfortable boots and warm clothing for taking a short hike. If weather permits, we will venture out on snowshoes. T
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 24 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:00 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
Jan 25 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Cross Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. We will review proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques before going outside to ski.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 25 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing Basics
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Jan 30 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Book Worms
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Climate Change
Climate change is headline news! Join presenter Denise Frank for a presentation on the impacts and solutions of the global crisis that is affecting us here in Iowa. Colorful slides and clear explanations will make a tough topic easier to understand.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 6 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Little Cloud
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
Feb 8 Saturday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ice Fishing Basics
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Feb 8 Saturday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kayak 101
Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist to learn the basics of recreational kayaks. Kayaking is a popular and growing sport. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise at the same time.
Programs Polk Polk County Education Programs
Feb 9 Sunday 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 11 Tuesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Best Puppet Show Ever
Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 11 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM Mindfulness & Movement Class
This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body and the earth, regardless of experience with yoga. Sign-up early limited registration.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 15 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Owl You Need is Love
Join us to celebrate Iowa’s true winter romantics…the owls! By Valentine’s Day owls are often sitting on a nest of eggs.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 18 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Love in the Wild
Animals celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round. Some of these mating rituals are wonderfully bizarre! Join us as we reveal the “love” secrets of a variety of animals.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 20 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Animal Guides Meditation
Each animal in our world offers powerful messages, healing and wisdom simply by being itself. Join Kara Simons for a guided meditation and discussion honoring our energetic and physical connections with animals as teachers and guides.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21-25 Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Northwoods Dog Sledding Adventure
Have the adventure of a lifetime on this five-day trip to northern Minnesota. One full day will be spent dog sledding with extensively trained dogs and staff.
Trips Polk Polk County Education Programs
Feb 21 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Home School Program - Zoology at 10
Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the members of the animal kingdom and animal life in general. This class will focus on the process of classifying animals by shared characteristics.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Snowshoeing & Shinrin Yoku Winter Reflection
Enjoy an active hour of snowshoeing followed by two hours of nature immersion with Shinrin Yoku. Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine Physician.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 21 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Home School Program - Zoology at 1
Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the members of the animal kingdom and animal life in general. This class will focus on the process of classifying animals by shared characteristics.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 22 Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Winter Hike
Join a naturalist for peaceful hike on a winter’s day. We will learn what animals do to survive the harsh Iowa winters and look for early signs of spring’s arrival.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Feb 22 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 23 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.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Feb 27 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Book Worms - American Wolf
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 3 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Okefenokee Swamp
The great Okefenokee Swamp evolved from the depths of the ocean and has existed for thousands of years.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Mar 5 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Nocturnal Animals
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. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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