Miscellaneous

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.