Welcome to the WDMCS Virtual Backpack!

The West Des Moines Community Schools and our community partners are happy to welcome you to our Virtual Backpack! In our Virtual Backpack, you will find information about activities from the WDMCS, WDMCS Community Education, district- or school-affiliated groups, and nonprofit community organizations. Please enjoy exploring these district and community opportunities for learning, enrichment, engagement, and fun!

LEARNwest Opportunities

Date
Dec. 14
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Andrea Piekarczyk
Phone
515-633-5021
Information
LEARNwest offers a wide range of classes for adults who want to expand their skills, make everyday life better, and try something new. LEARNwest classes are offered evenings and weekends. Learn more at http://commed.wdmcs.org/programs/adults/learnwest/.

Courage League Sports – Chaamps Soccer

Date
Oct. 27
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
ages 7 and above
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $79
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Courage Leagues Chaamps Soccer offers a competitive sports program for children with high-functioning ADHD, autism or Asperger Syndrome.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
Aug. 14
Location
Polk County
Organization
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact
Carrie Phelps
Phone
866-469-2522
Information
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Polk County is in desperate need of advocates for children in juvenile court. CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.

Temporary Art in the Park

Date
Sep. 25 - 6:00 pm
Location
Jester Park, Shelter #3
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come explore what nature has to offer with this exciting art program featuring ephemeral, or short lived, art, insects, and flowers. No registration required.

Nature Friends – Tricky Tracks

Date
Sep. 25 - 6:30 pm
Location
Pearson Park
Cost
$7
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join a naturalist on a nature adventure! We will explore a nature topic through stories, sharing time, guided explorations, and art activities. Register online at www.wdm-ia.com.

Owl Prowl

Date
Sep. 26 - 6:30 pm
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
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.