Miscellaneous

Antler Shed Hunt

Date
February 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Thomas Mitchell Park, meet at park shop
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you!

Middle School Ski Trip!

Date
February 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
grades 5-10
Cost
$85 per child
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Arika Graybill
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for an overnight trip up to Seven Oaks Recreation for the Outrageous Ski Trip! Price includes transportation, rental fees, meals, and snacks. Cost does not include helmet rental. Campers may bring additional money to spend at concessions.

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.

Outdoors Afterschool

Date
March 13 - 2:30 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Outdoor Rec & Wellness Center
Event For
ages 12 and up
Cost
Free
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Early out Wednesday and looking for something fun, active, and educational for your teen? We’ll provide instruction, equipment, and hands-on activities to keep your teen active and engaged. Activities will include archery, air rifle, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, geocaching, and more!

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.

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.

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.