Newly Added

Light the Night

Date
December 21 - 5:00 p.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 cocoa.

Courage League Sports Winter Break Camp

Date
December 31 (all day)
Location
Franklin Junior High
Event For
All Students
Cost
$12 - $25
Organization
Courage League Sports
Contact
Porshia Perkins
Phone
515-421-4021
Information
When kids are out of school for winter break, it can be a recipe for going stir crazy! Courage League is here to help. Come to our 2-day holiday clinic offering a variety of large movement activities for toddlers to teenagers!

Critter Club

Date
December 30 - 10:00 a.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 visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, so come anytime between 10-11:30.

Camp Fire Winter Programs!

Date
March 3 (all day)
Location
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For
Grades K-12
Cost
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact
Marilyn Bagley
Phone
515-274-1501
Information
Join us for "Out of School" Days this fall! Drop your child off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of excitement and learning at Camp Hantesa! Under the supervision of our trained staff, campers make new friends and interact with old ones through engaging programs!

Fun, Snow and Sled

Date
January 3 (all day)
Location
1801 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Ages 8 - 12
Cost
$50 a day
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Jeff Lucas
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
All-day camp adventures for winter break.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Date
December 30 - 1:00 p.m.
Location
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For
Public
Cost
$5
Organization
Polk County Conservation
Contact
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Phone
515-323-5359
Information
Come learn about owls of Iowa and their adaptations as predators and their role in the food web. The presentation will be followed by a pellet dissection and analysis.

Winter Hike

Date
December 29 - 1:30 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
Join the Naturalist for a hike in the winter wonderland looking for animal signs. Dress for the weather.

Rock Me

Date
December 27 - 10:30 a.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 basics of geology. We will discuss what rocks are made of, how they form and three basic rock categories. A large rock and mineral collection will be on display as well and other interesting geological items.

Tracks and Scat

Date
December 26 - 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
Tracks and scat give us lots of clues about the animals that live around us. Even if we don’t see them, we can learn a lot about them by what they leave behind.

Babysitting Clinic

Date
December 23 - 9:00 a.m.
Location
1900 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325
Event For
Ages 11 - 14
Cost
$75
Organization
Clive Parks and Recreation
Contact
Brian Longren
Phone
515-223-5246
Information
Learn the basics of being a successful babysitter. Class includes learning about behaviors, safety, child development, feeding and diapering, as well as an introduction of First Aid and CPR. You will receive a babysitter’s manual at the clinic. A digital American Red Cross Babysitter's Training ce