Apr
24
Wed
Archery “Give it a Shot” @ Raccoon River Park Archery Facility
Apr 24 @ 5:45 pm

Have you thought about trying archery, but you don’t have any equipment? These family events are planned just for you! Come to the archery facility at Raccoon River Park to give it a try. We will provide the bows, arrows and instruction for you to try this exciting sport. This activity is free, but registration is required and limited to 35 people. (Children must be 7 years of age or older.)

May
6
Mon
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
May 6 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

May
7
Tue
Story Hour in the Park @ Raccoon River Nature Park Lodge
May 7 @ 12:00 pm

Join the West Des Moines Parks & Recreation staff for an hour of story power! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as our Naturalist shares nature books, stories and games.

May
14
Tue
Story Hour in the Park @ Raccoon River Nature Park Lodge
May 14 @ 12:00 pm

Join the West Des Moines Parks & Recreation staff for an hour of story power! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as our Naturalist shares nature books, stories and games.

May
16
Thu
Tom Karpan Relays @ Valley High School Track
May 16 @ 5:30 pm

Don’t miss this special annual track and field event for kids ages 5-14! Winners of qualifying events will be eligible to
take part in the Iowa State Track and Field Meet in Marshalltown!

Races will be grouped according to age (5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10,11-12,13-14) and gender. A participant’s age is
as of December 31, 2019. An award ribbon will be given for each heat/ event. The fastest time or longest distance recorded for each event (ages 7-14) will be eligible to attend the State Track and Field Meet in Marshalltown in June. These participants will be notified by email May 24 of their eligibility. Register at the event.

May
21
Tue
Story Hour in the Park @ Raccoon River Nature Park Lodge
May 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join the West Des Moines Parks & Recreation staff for an hour of story power! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as our Naturalist shares nature books, stories and games.

May
23
Thu
Archery “Give it a Shot” @ Raccoon River Park Archery Facility
May 23 @ 5:45 pm

Have you thought about trying archery, but you don’t have any equipment? These family events are planned just for you! Come to the archery facility at Raccoon River Park to give it a try. We will provide the bows, arrows and instruction for you to try this exciting sport. This activity is free, but registration is required and limited to 35 people. (Children must be 7 years of age or older.)

May
28
Tue
Story Hour in the Park @ Raccoon River Nature Park Lodge
May 28 @ 12:00 pm

Join the West Des Moines Parks & Recreation staff for an hour of story power! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as our Naturalist shares nature books, stories and games.

Jun
2
Sun
Yoga on the Lawn @ North lawn at WDM City Hall
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am

Get your Sunday off to a great start with some Yoga on the Lawn! This FREE program is a great introduction to Yoga for the beginner and offers new challenges for seasoned yogis. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat.

Ages 6+ welcome.

Jun
3
Mon
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jun
5
Wed
Family Night @ Holiday Park Aquatic Center
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm
Family Night @ Valley View Aquatic Center
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm
Jun
7
Fri
Fairytale Time in the Park @ West Des Moines Parks
Jun 7 @ 10:30 am

FREE EVENT – No Pre-Registration Required: Come experience your community park and join the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff for a story and a craft. Bring a blanket and a friend!

June 7 American Legion
June 14 Quail Cove
June 21 Ashawa
June 28 Huston Ridge
July 5 Jaycee
July 12 Wild Rose
July 19 Kiwanis
July 26 Meadowview
August 2 Pearson

Jun
9
Sun
Yoga on the Lawn @ North lawn at WDM City Hall
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am

Get your Sunday off to a great start with some Yoga on the Lawn! This FREE program is a great introduction to Yoga for the beginner and offers new challenges for seasoned yogis. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat.

Ages 6+ welcome.

Family Night @ Holiday Park Aquatic Center
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm
Family Night @ Valley View Aquatic Center
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm
Jun
11
Tue
Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult
We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Spring & Summer 2019 Schedule

Mon May 6 Wiggly Squiggly Animals at Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge
Tues May 21 Silly Salamanders at Jester Park Nature Center
Mon June 3 Fishing at Raccoon River Park Fishing Pier
Tues June 11 Birds of a Feather at Brown’s Woods
Mon July 8 Super Snakes at Fairmeadows Park Shelter
Tues July 23 Animal Homes at FDM Shelter 3
Mon Aug 5 Tricky Tracks at Quail Cove Park
Tues Aug 13 Busy Bees at Easter Lake Park

These programs are co-sponsored by the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. To register for Nature Friends, please call the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation office.

Jun
14
Fri
Fairytale Time in the Park @ West Des Moines Parks
Jun 14 @ 10:30 am

FREE EVENT – No Pre-Registration Required: Come experience your community park and join the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff for a story and a craft. Bring a blanket and a friend!

June 7 American Legion
June 14 Quail Cove
June 21 Ashawa
June 28 Huston Ridge
July 5 Jaycee
July 12 Wild Rose
July 19 Kiwanis
July 26 Meadowview
August 2 Pearson

Jun
16
Sun
Yoga on the Lawn @ North lawn at WDM City Hall
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am

Get your Sunday off to a great start with some Yoga on the Lawn! This FREE program is a great introduction to Yoga for the beginner and offers new challenges for seasoned yogis. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat.

Ages 6+ welcome.