Educational

Winter Hike

Date
Feb. 24 - 1:00 pm
Location
Brown's Woods, 465 SE Brown's Woods Drive, West Des Moines
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Information
Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter. FREE. No registration required.

Bald Eagle Watch

Date
Feb. 25 - 12:00 pm
Location
Jester Park Lodge, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
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 pm. FREE. No registration required.

Full Moon Hike

Date
Mar. 1 - 6:30 pm
Location
Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3, 7200 SE 5th St., Des Moines
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Explore the wonder and beauty of Fort Des Moines Park at night under a full moon. No registration required.

Indoor Archery

Date
Mar. 3 - 10:00 am
Location
Jester Park Equestrian Center, 11171 NW 103 Court, Granger
Event For
ages 12 and older
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Class will focus on form and safety, giving participants basics that will get them safely shooting and offer a general feel for archery with a compound bow. The class will cover archery safety rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques. The class is suitable for those with no experience.

Ice Fishing

Date
Mar. 3 - 1:00 pm
Location
Jester Park, meet at Shelter #5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
Event For
all ages
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided. No registration required. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

Survivor Camp

Date
Mar. 13 - 9:00 am
Location
Jester Park Equestrian Center, 11171 NW 103 Court, Granger
Event For
Ages 10-12
Cost
$30
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Spend a day having fun and staying active. We will try archery, geocaching, and fire building! Activities will take place indoors and outdoors. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 6.

Wild Night Life and Hike

Date
Mar. 15 - 7:30 pm
Location
Jester Park, meet at Camp Area 5, 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger
Event For
all ages
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5339
Information
Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Pre-registration required; deadline March 12.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Winter and Spring Classes

Date
Mar. 26
Location
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Organization
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact
Robin Spahr
Phone
515-974-5365
Information
Theatre classes for preschool through middle school at the Des Moines Playhouse.

Seeds of Faith 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment

Date
May. 31
Location
10395 University Ave., Clive, IA
Event For
Families with children ages 2-5
Cost
$70-100 (registration fee, secures a spot in a class)
Organization
Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
Contact
Heidi LaBounty
Phone
(515) 689-8334
Information
Seeds of Faith is a quality half-day preschool program for children ages 2-5. We invite families to register for the 2018-19 preschool classes.

Living History Farms Day Camps

Date
Aug. 10
Location
Living History Farms
Event For
Grades K-8
Cost
varies by camp
Organization
Living History Farms
Contact
Christa Kirsh-Paulson
Phone
515-278-5286
Information
Living History Farms, offering summer day camps for children focusing on history, science, outdoors, and fun; allowing campers to fill their days with hands-on activities, a creek walk, and visits to Living History Farms’ historic sites.