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!

The flyers and events presented here are not school publications, nor are they in any way endorsed or sponsored by any school district. The Virtual Backpack is being provided only to inform WDMCS students, families, and staff of other available community activities and opportunities.

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Recreational League

Date
February 28 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Fields
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Information
Join one of our recreational soccer leagues for players born between 2004 and 2015. Register for 4U Mini-Kickers, 5U/6U Cubs, 7U/8U Pre-Academy, and 9U - 15U Recreational teams! No 16U+ teams available in spring.

Courage League Sports—Chaamps Basketball

Date
January 12 (all day)
Location
4405 121st Street, Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
ages 7 and older
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $79
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Has your child with high functioning ADHD, Autism or Asperger Syndrome been sidelined from games? Discouraged they can't play at a normal pace in competitive sports leagues? At CLS, our Ch.A.A.M.P.S. League provides your child with a competitive sports program designed specifically for them.

Noon Year’s Eve

Date
December 31 - 9:45 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come celebrate the New Year with Mother Nature. Activities will include a short nature hike, noisemaker craft, animal-themed snack, and a countdown to "midnight."

Camp Fire Fall Programs

Date
November 21 (all day)
Location
5615 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades K-12
Cost
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Camp Fire is an all-inclusive, youth development non-profit. We run programs for youth of all ages. With camping trips, horse riding lessons, overnights, and day camps, we have something for everybody! Please consider the flyer to see the many programs that we are running this fall!

#OptOutside Hike

Date
November 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday with your friends and family. We’ll reconnect you with nature on a hike through Jester Park.

Seeing Stars

Date
November 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come learn the fascinating history of how our solar system was formed, focusing on our unique planets, moons, and sun. We will identify a number of constellations and other major astronomical objects in the classroom, followed by a stargazing session of the beautiful fall night sky.

Lifeguard Certification and Re-Certification Courses

Date
November 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines (multiple locations)
Event For
grades 9-12
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Lifeguard certification classes are available at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines for participants over 15 years old.

Super Saturday Shootout

Date
December 1 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
$20
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn the basics of archery and air rifle target shooting. Get hands on shooting experience in the warmth and comfort of the new indoor shooting ranges. PCC Naturalist are certified archery and air rifle instructors and all equipment will be provided.

Do it Yourself Body Care

Date
December 1 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$25
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn how easy it is to make your own body care products at home. We will make lip balm, fizzing bath powder, and body scrub for you take home and enjoy or give as a holiday gift.

Toddler Tales

Date
December 6 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
ages 3-6
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed storytime! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets, or a craft.

CityLight Basketball

Date
December 8 (all day)
Location
Walnut Creek Church
Cost
$60
Organization
CityLight Basketball
Contact
Dave Rude
Phone
515-865-6181
Information
CityLight Basketball is a fun recreational league that is for children age 5 through eighth grade. There are separate boys and girls divisions.

ParentQuest Catalog—Now Available!

Date
December 8 (all day)
Location
various
Event For
parents and other caring adults
Cost
Free
Organization
WDMCS Community Education
Contact
Andrea Piekarczyk
Phone
515-633-5021
Information
ParentQuest was developed to support parents and other caring adults by providing free learning opportunities that positively impact children’s success in school and life. Each child’s path to success is unique, and ParentQuest will offer relevant opportunities to help parents along the way.

Holiday Make & Take

Date
December 8 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
$10
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come and make some unique holiday nature decorations and gifts out of natural and recycled materials.

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop

Date
December 8 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 13 and up
Cost
$25
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Welcome the holiday season with a fragrant, homemade evergreen wreath. Learn to assemble a variety of fresh evergreen cuttings into a festive wreath, and then add your own personal touches to make it uniquely yours.

Coffee & Chat

Date
December 13 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
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.

LEARNwest Opportunities

Date
December 14 (all day)
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/.

Light the Night

Date
December 21 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Celebrate winter’s official arrival and the longest night of the year! We will take a short hike along the Discovery Trail lit with luminaries, enjoy a fire under the stars, and share a cup of hot cocoa.

Air Rifle Target Shooting

Date
December 27 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and up
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Target shooting is a lifelong sport and can be practiced for most at an early age and continue through adulthood. Learn the basics of air rifle target shooting from PCC naturalists certified from the Student Air Rifle Program. Equipment provided.

Winter Hike

Date
December 28 - 12:33 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Take a hike with a naturalist and discover the wonder of the forest in the winter.

Noon Year’s Eve

Date
December 31 - 9:45 a.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come celebrate the New Year with Mother Nature. Activities will include a short nature hike, noisemaker craft, animal-themed snack, and a countdown to "midnight."

Courage League Sports—Chaamps Basketball

Date
January 12 (all day)
Location
4405 121st Street, Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
ages 7 and older
Cost
Members - FREE; Non-Members - $79
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Has your child with high functioning ADHD, Autism or Asperger Syndrome been sidelined from games? Discouraged they can't play at a normal pace in competitive sports leagues? At CLS, our Ch.A.A.M.P.S. League provides your child with a competitive sports program designed specifically for them.

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Recreational League

Date
February 28 (all day)
Location
Raccoon River Soccer Fields
Event For
all ages
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact
Traci Froehlich
Information
Join one of our recreational soccer leagues for players born between 2004 and 2015. Register for 4U Mini-Kickers, 5U/6U Cubs, 7U/8U Pre-Academy, and 9U - 15U Recreational teams! No 16U+ teams available in spring.

West Des Moines Soccer Club—Spring 2019 Season

Date
March 1 (all day)
Event For
Ages 3 to 15
Cost
$75-$275
Organization
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Information
The West Des Moines Soccer Club offers playing opportunities for children ages 3 – 14 this Spring and welcomes all skill levels. Our specialized player development program focuses on educating each player while fostering a greater love for the sport of soccer.

Courage League Sports – Paint Pals

Date
March 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
Event For
third grade and older
Cost
$5 per person per session
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4022
Information
Do you love to paint? Not quite sure where to begin? Join us for step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece!

Des Moines Community Playhouse School Year Classes and Camps

Date
May 18 (all day)
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost
Variable
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Heldt Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers theatre classes and camps for students, preschool through middle school.

Valley Tigers Boys Summer Soccer Camp

Date
July 9 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
Valley Stadium
Event For
Grades 1-12
Cost
$90/session
Organization
Valley Tiger Boys' Soccer
Contact
Aziz Haffar
Phone
515-975-2727
Information
This camp will focus on the basics and foundations of the game. The camp experience will benefit both beginning and seasoned players. Coaches will touch on the physical, technical, tactical and physiologi- cal aspects of the game. Campers will have a balance of games, drills, and fun.

CASA Volunteer Opportunity

Date
August 14 (all day)
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.