Jester, Lewis A., Park

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Jan 19 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Knee-High Naturalist - Adaptations - FREE
Are you ready to get outside and explore? Come and hear a story followed by some outdoor fun!
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Jan 22 Saturday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Weekend Addition (Snowshoeing)
Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the Iowa winter. Join other women as we explore the Jester Park trails on snowshoes.
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Jan 23 Sunday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cross Country Ski Basics
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside.
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Jan 23 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Get Nutty with Squirrels - FREE
Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation day with us as we learn about Iowa’s squirrels and their amazing adaptations for survival. We’ll even share some fun squirrely activities you can do at home!
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Feb 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - Climate for Change
As we experience an exploding human population and rapidly increasing pressure upon remaining habitat, the plant and animal communities that make up our planet’s diverse ecosystems are under siege.
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Feb 3 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Little Cloud - FREE
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.
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Feb 3 Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Fitness in the Park
Join trainers from Fitness Nomad, a mobile personal training business, at a monthly fitness class the first Thursday of every month! The 45-minute class will focus on a full body strength and functional fitness work out.
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Feb 4 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Homeschool - Tree Detectives - FREE (10-11)
On the first Friday of the month join one of our naturalists as they lead an environmental education program specifically created for homeschool students.
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Feb 4 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Homeschool - Tree Detectives - FREE (1-2)
On the first Friday of the month join one of our naturalists as they lead an environmental education program specifically created for homeschool students.
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Feb 4 Friday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Global Migrations - Humpback Whales - FREE
Join us each month this season for a family-friendly evening focused on the annual migrations of a chosen animal species. Together, we will learn some geography, animal facts, and particular migration details that are sure to amaze us all.
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Feb 5 Saturday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Chinese New Year Celebration - FREE
Let’s celebrate the year of the tiger. During this program we will learn all about the history of the Chinese New Year, similarities between Chinese zodiac and western astrology, and of course, tigers!
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Feb 6 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Critter Club - FREE
Meet Jester Park Nature Center’s Resident turtles, snakes, and toad to learn about these unique animals. Discover the importance of the ambassador animals and their special role in education.
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Feb 8 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Mindfulness and Movement
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. T
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Feb 9 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Story Tellabration - Hootenanny Owls - FREE
Join volunteer storyteller, Carmen Epstein, for a fun, interactive tale tailored toward children ages 2 to 6 that explores the wonders of the outdoors. During each program, participants enjoy interactive stories and an activity.
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Feb 11 Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Homeschool - Forensic Science - FREE (10-11:30)
Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is specially designed for homeschool students.
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Feb 12 Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Owl You Need is Love - FREE
Join us to celebrate Iowa’s true winter romantics…the owls! By Valentine’s Day owls are often sitting on a nest of eggs. Learn why owls court in winter, and which owls call Iowa home.
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Feb 12 Saturday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sweet Heart Snowshoe Hike
Looking for something a little different to do with your sweetheart? Come learn how to snowshoe while exploring the great outdoors. A fire and refreshments will make this hike extra special.
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Feb 13 Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Winter Tree Identification - FREE
Take a hike through the woods and learn a few key characteristics helpful in tree identification during winter. We’ll collect some clues to bring back to the classroom to look at under microscopes.
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Feb 15 Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Women in the Woods with Wine - Mammal Mania
Some can fly, some can dig, and some can swim, but we all have one thing in common, we’re all mammals, including us.
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Feb 16 Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Knee-High Naturalist - Reptiles and Amphibians - FREE
Are you ready to get outside and explore? Come and hear a story followed by some outdoor fun! As naturalists we will hike, investigate, and navigate through the trails and grounds of Jester Park.
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Feb 16 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 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.
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Feb 18 Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Snowshoeing & Shinrin Yoku Retreat
Enjoy an active hour of snowshoeing followed by two hours of nature immersion with Shinrin Yoku. Brandy Case Haub, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, will be leading this interactive class.
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Mar 1 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) - From Farm to Forest
Join Polk County Conservation Naturalist, Lindsey Page as she outlines how being raised a farm kid in rural Iowa ultimately led her down the path of environmental education and conservation.
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Mar 2 Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM The Lorax: Cause and Effect in Nature - FREE
March 2nd is a nationwide reading celebration and also the birthday of a very famous author, Dr. Seuss! To celebrate we are reading the book The Lorax followed by a short lesson about cause and effect in nature.
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Mar 3 Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Toddler Tales - Ducks - FREE
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.
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