Educational

Totally Treble Festival

Date
February 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
The Bridge Church 10025 NW 62nd Street, Johnston, IA
Event For
girls in grades 5-12
Cost
$20
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Our Totally Treble Festival is a one-day event for girls in grades 5-12. Attendees will work with the a cappella group Boots & Cats from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Heartland Youth Choir staff. Please see event flyer for more information and registration.

Bald Eagle Watch

Date
February 24 - 12:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Lodge
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 p.m.

Family STEM Institute: Exploring Engineering

Date
February 28 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Science Center of Iowa
Event For
parents with children ages 0-8
Cost
Registration for one adult and one child is $25 ($15 for SCI Members). Additional children or adults are $10 each. Children under 3 are free, and childcare is available.
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
Learn how you can use hands-on experiences—like playing with 3-D shapes, building LEGO bricks, and using measurement tools—to teach your child how to think like an engineer. Led by early childhood experts from the SCI Preschool, this workshop is designed for parents with children ages 0 to 8.

Polk County Conservation Book Worms February Meeting

Date
February 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Location
Plot Twist Bookstore
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohllenben.

Toddler Tales

Date
March 6 - 10:00 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.

Iowa State University College of Design — Spring 2019 Open House

Date
March 8 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
715 Bissell Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Event For
grades 11-12
Cost
Free
Organization
Iowa State University
Contact
Jennifer Anderson
Phone
515-294-7415
Information
Join us for our twice-annual Open House to get an in-depth look at all nine majors offered by Iowa State University's College of Design. Come tour our facilities and watch classes in action, engage with current students in our Q&A session, and meet faculty through breakout sessions for your desired major.

Loop the Lake

Date
March 9 - 10:30 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 a PCC Naturalist for a leisurely hike around the Discovery Pond trail. Discover the many unique features of this park as we “Loop the Lake.” All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at patio level of the Jester Park Nature Center.

Iowa Reptiles

Date
March 9 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Nikki Dunbar
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Discover a few of the reptiles that call Iowa home. Meet a live snake and ornate box turtle.

Mindfulness & Movement Class

Date
March 13 - 6:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$15
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Nikki Dunbar
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body, and the earth, regardless of experience with yoga. Martha McCormick, RYT 200, teaches various level classes at Shakti Yoga Shop, while focusing on the needs of her students. Beverage and snack served following the program.

Coffee & Chat

Date
March 14 - 9:00 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.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Date
March 30 (all day)
Location
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For
High School
Organization
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact
Ann Peterson
Phone
515-471-8509
Information
Multiple courses offered to earn a lifeguard certification or recertify existing lifeguards.

Family STEM Institute: Bits & Bots

Date
April 16 - 5:30 p.m.
Location
Science Center of Iowa
Event For
parents with children ages 0-8
Cost
$25/one adult and one child ($15 for SCI members)
Organization
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact
Hannah Little
Phone
515-274-6868
Information
This workshop is all about robotics and coding. Learn how you can introduce your child to the fundamentals of programming, robotics, and coding, and explore the ways you can incorporate bits and bots into your child's daily life. Registration for one adult and one child is $25 ($15 for SCI Members). Additional children or adults are $10 each. Children under 3 are free, and childcare is available.

Spring Semester Art Classes

Date
May 12 (all day)
Location
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Organization
Des Moines Art Center
Contact
Mia Farrell
Phone
515-271-0316
Information
Don't miss out on the entirely unexpected studio programs and workshops being offered this spring at the Des Moines Art Center! Our studio art classes are for all ages, any skill level, in a wide variety of mediums. Join us for creative fun and enrichment for the whole family!

JA BizTown Summer Camp 2019

Date
June 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
6100 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA
Event For
ages 10-13
Organization
Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Contact
Tracy Zimmerman
Phone
515-279-9602
Information
JA BizTown Summer Camp is an academic camp designed to educate and enhance the camper's financial literacy learning while infusing entrepreneurship, work, and career readiness, team work, marketing, philanthropy, and public speaking. Early Bird Special: $190 until Feb. 28, 2019, and then goes up to $220/camper.

SummerSongs! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades 4-8
Cost
$325
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades 4-8 for a week of music and fun in SummerSongs! Choir Camp July 7-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

SummerTunes! Choir Camp

Date
July 12 (all day)
Location
Grand View University
Event For
grades K-3
Cost
$125
Organization
Heartland Youth Choir
Contact
Kim Novy
Phone
515-221-3922
Information
Heartland Youth Choir is registering boys and girls in grades K-3 for a week of music and fun in SummerTunes! Choir Camp July 8-12, 2019. Please see the flyer for more information and registration.

Camp Invention Summer STEM Camp

Date
July 15 (all day)
Location
Cowles Montessori School, 6401 College Ave, Des Moines, IA 50324
Event For
all ages
Cost
$235
Organization
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Contact
Jesse Wilcox
Phone
515-450-2759
Information
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program Supercharged. Children transform their imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code robots, unearth fossils, build boats, and use collaboration and problem solving during hands-on, STEM activities. Camp runs July 15-19.