Educational

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.