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Aug 23 Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Grounding – Barefoot Walk in Nature
Research is finding that "grounding/earthing in nature," allowing skin to come in direct contact with the ground, has health benefits and can balance the body's central nervous system.
Programs Polk Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 23 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 Thomas Mitchell Park
Aug 31 Friday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wild Night Life and Hike
Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - The Early Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa
The early depression years, during President Herbert Hoover’s administration, marked the depths of the Great Depression for the United States.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 4 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pelicans in Iowa
The American white pelicans are here! Come and learn about these amazing birds and their migration patterns.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 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. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 6 Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Woodworking for Bats
Come learn how bats are important and what we can do to help with bat conservation. After a short presentation, each participant will construct a basic bat house to either take home or donate back to Polk County Conservation to be used in the parks.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Monarch Tagging
Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate to their winter home in Mexico.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 8 Saturday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing
Celebrate World Wide Forest Bathing day with a certified Forest Therapy Guides, Julie & Joseph Breshears. Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in nature.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 10 Monday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Migration Madness
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
Sep 13 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. Bring your questions and ideas.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 13 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Art in the Park: Growing Gardens
Come create nature based art by scavenging for materials, building insects, and planting plants.
Programs Polk Brown's Woods
Sep 13 Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Catfishing Basics
Come learn about the different kinds of catfish, how big they actually get, and tips on catching them. We will then fish the Des Moines River and try to catch catfish.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 14 Friday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Stargazing
Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.
Programs Polk Yellow Banks Park
Sep 16 Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monarch Festival
Celebrate the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly! The Festival will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, monarch tagging, crafts, and activities for the whole family.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Sep 22 Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Try your skills at bow fishing, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking. Visit the education tent and learn from experts about reptiles of Iowa, monarch tagging, owls, pony tales, geocaching and many more nature topics.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Sep 23 Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Iowa Outdoor Expo
Try your skills at bow fishing, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking. Visit the education tent and learn from experts about reptiles of Iowa, monarch tagging, owls, pony tales, geocaching and many more nature topics.
Special Events Polk Polk County Education Programs
Sep 25 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Temporary Art in the Park
Come explore what nature has to offer with this exciting art program featuring ephemeral, or short lived, art, insects, and flowers.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Sep 25 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Nature Friends - Tricky Tracks
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
Sep 29 Saturday 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Youth will be placed in groups of two and teamed with an experienced waterfowl hunter and conservation officer for a guided waterfowl hunt at Chichaqua. Mentors will provide dogs, decoys, calling skills and guidance.
Programs Polk Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
Oct 2 Tuesday 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
Oct 2 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Prairie Restoration
Keith Summerville, professor of Environmental Science & Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Drake University will share lessons learned during his 15 years of prairie restoration research at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 4 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
Oct 5 Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Campfire Building for Beginners
Learn some tips and tricks on how to build a good campfire with a variety of materials. We will practice building a fire and even try making our very own fire starters to take with you!
Programs Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
Oct 6 Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Cache Bash Championship
Join us to search for 15 geocaches hidden in Jester Park for this special event.
Special Events Polk Jester, Lewis A., Park
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