Calendar

Jan
28
Tue
Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Jan
30
Thu
Glow Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm

Join us as we transform the ice into a glow party full of fun glow sticks and colorful lights sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5 – 9 p.m.  One free glow stick is provided with each paid admission while supplies last.

Feb
1
Sat
Nature Tots @ Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am

Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join us as we read stories, go outside, make nature crafts, and much more! Pre-registration is required. Call 515-994-3400 or Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.

January Theme: Winter Wildlife Survival

February Theme: Winter Birds

 

Snowshoe Hike @ Annett Nature Center
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm

Don’t let the winter weather keep you locked up indoors! Join Warren County Conservation staff to experience the great outdoors and learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be! Fun for the whole family! Proper clothing, equipment, and techniques will be discussed. Wear warm winter boots. The event will be cancelled if there is not enough snow. (at least 5 inches)

Please specify adult or child, height and weight in the comments when registering.  This information will be kept confidental, but will ensure we have the correct size of snowshoe. Registration is required by January 31, 2020. There is no charge for this event.

Feb
4
Tue
Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Feb
5
Wed
Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am

Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft. Recommended for ages 3-6. FREE. No registration required.

Feb
7
Fri
First Friday @ Mainframe Studios
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm

Come make a night of it at Mainframe Studios, where every First Friday of the month we present a new themed art experience that is free and open to the public.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike @ MacRae Park
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm

Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy MacRae Park on a Full Moon winter evening. Snowshoeing is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe. This program will meet at the MacRae Park Enclosed Shelter on Friday Feb. 7th, starting at 5:30 pm so dress for the weather. Registration is $5 and includes snowshoe rental and hot chocolate. All ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 years old will need to have a guardian present.

Feb
8
Sat
Bald Eagle Day @ Fellowship Baptist Church - SE 6th Street Bridge
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Fellowship Baptist Church to host Bald Eagle Day. All ages are welcome, there will be children’s activities and the event is free and open to the public.

Inside Fellowship Baptist Church, you will be able to warm up, relax, have a snack and listen to presentations. S.O.A.R. (Saving Our Avian Resources) will present a live education ambassador bald eagle.

From 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will be spotting scopes and people on the SE 6th Street Bridge to assist with viewing some of the wild Bald Eagles in Des Moines.

Ruby the Red Panda presents Special Guest Storytime! @ Blank Park Zoo
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am

Join us each month for Storytime with Ruby the Reading Red Panda! Ruby is a plush red panda who loves to read! Each month we will read a story and meet a special live ambassador animal from the Zoo’s education department.

During Special Guest Story Times come see Ruby and a special guest who will read a story and pose for photos. During this time children will also meet a live ambassador animal from the Zoo’s education department.

Regular Dates: Regular Storytimes are the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11 am.

Ice Fishing Basics @ Thomas Mitchell Park, meet at pond parking lot
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm

Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Kayak 101 @ Urbandale Public Pool
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm

Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist to learn the basics of recreational kayaks. Kayaking is a popular and growing sport. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise at the same time. We’ll shake off the winter blues with plenty of paddling time in the pool. A short discussion about equipment and technique will take place before hitting the water. Locker rooms are available for changing into clothes that can get wet. Life jackets, paddles, and kayaks provided.

REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/35042hK

DEADLINE: Register by Friday, January 24

COST: $25

AGES: 12+

 

 

Feb
9
Sun
Critter Club @ Jester Park Nature Center
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm

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, come anytime between 1:30-3.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: None

AGES: All ages welcome

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike @ Annett Nature Center
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm

Bundle up and explore the trails on snowshoes.Snowshoeing is a great way to stay fit during the winter. We will provide general instructions and snowshoes.  Dress for winter weather and wear warm boots.  This event will be cancelled if there is not enough snow.  (at least 5 inches) Registration is required so we can have your snowshoes ready. Registration is required by February 7, 2020.

Please specify adult or child, height and weight in the comments when registering.  This information will be kept confidnetal, but will ensure we have the correct size of snowshoe.  There is no charge for this event.

Owl Prowl @ Kuehn Conservation Area
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm

Preregistration is required for this free program.
Back in January, at our Conversation with an Owl program, you came to know the owls of Dallas County. At this program, we will walk out into the full moon night, on the snowy trails of Kuehn’s woodland trails, to talk with our local owls. Around a bonfire we will review the common owls of Kuehn and their calls. Armed with this knowledge, we will cast our best Dr. Doolittle renditions of the owls’ calls into the night, with hopes of having a wild friend answer our queries.

Feb
11
Tue
Best Puppet Show Ever @ Jester Park Nature Center
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am

Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Owl Prowl @ Annett Nature Center
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm

Join a WCCB naturalist to learn about the Owls of Iowa. Meet a live educational screech owl, learn to identify owl calls, and hike down the trail to listen for owls living in the park. Winter is a great time to call for owls, but be sure to come bundled up for the cold February weather. Please register by February 10th at noon.

 

Feb
14
Fri
Valentine Skate @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm

Come join us for our annual Valentine Skate on Friday, February 14 from Noon to 9 p.m. Prizes every hour from Boesen The Florist, Creme Dessert + Lounge, Spaghetti Works, Downtown Farmers’ Market, AC Hotels, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the Learning Post!

 

 

Feb
15
Sat
Introduction to Ice Skating @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am

Learn basic ice skating skills in a fun and energetic environment. Group ice skating tips are offered from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome for ages 4 and up.

Skating sessions are FREE thanks to Iowa Wild. This includes admission, skate rental and a buy one, get one free ticket to an Iowa Wild game..

Fill out the form to register for a skate clinic today – whether it’s to learn, to improve or to excel, skating is always fun!