Temporary Calendar

Jul
9
Thu
Geology Camp @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am
Come learn all about geology; it rocks! We will explore how geology is all around you, how rocks form, and how it has changed Iowa for millions of years. Campers will go rock and fossil hunting, play games, and make crafts. Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park Nature Center patio Day 2 Meeting Location: Yellow Banks Park Tent Camping Area Session 1: July 9-10 from 9am-3:30pm Session 2: August 3-4 from 9am-3:30pm REGISTRATION: Required DEADLINE: July 2 for session 1, July 27 for session 2 COST: $90 AGES: 8-9 year olds Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.
Wild Night Life & Hike @ Jester Park
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm

Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild nightlife in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 7 for July 9th program or Wednesday August 5 for August 7th program.

COST: $5

AGES: 5+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
13
Mon
Mammal Mania Camp @ Jester Park Shelter #5
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am

Learn what animals like rabbits, squirrels, foxes have in common, and what makes animals with fur unique. We’ll take a look at their homes, tracks and more!

July 13-14 from 9-11:30am

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by June 29

COST: $40

AGES: 6-7 year olds

Sunset Yoga @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm

Take time to unwind as the sun sets on the outdoor plaza of the Jester Park Nature Center. The class will begin with a short nature hike to give participants a chance distress and enjoy the beauty of nature. The yoga class is perfect for beginners. The focus is on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be inside the Nature Center.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Saturday, July 11 for July 13th class; and Friday, August 14 for August 17th class.

COST: $15

AGES: 12+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
15
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
16
Thu
Survival Camp @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am

Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building. Kids will gain confidence and comfort in being outdoors, while have a great time and staying active. Campers will forage for and cook their own lunch. Camp will take place from 9am-3:30pm.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 9

COST: $45

AGES: 12-16 years old

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Princess Adventures – Butterflies @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am

Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls, ages 4-6, are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past, participate in a nature activity, and have a tea party with a snack.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 14

COST: $5

AGES: 4-6 years

Jul
17
Fri
Fireflies by Firelight @ Yellow Banks Park, Shelter #1
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm

Bring the kids out for a night of catching (and releasing) fireflies.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Wednesday, July 15

COST: FREE

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
18
Sat
Pond Study @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

July 18 – Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, meet near Longhouse
July 25 – Yellow Banks Park, meet at pond

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before the program

COST: FREE

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
21
Tue
Giants of the Prairie @ Jester Park, Shelter #6
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am

Bison and elk were two of the largest animals to ever roam across Iowa. What happened to them and where did they go? A naturalist will introduce you to the resident herds of Jester Park and provide an opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close. Don’t forget your cameras!

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 20

COST: FREE

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
22
Wed
Fishing Camp @ Jester Park, Shelter #5
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am

This camp is all about fishing! We will spend time learning about different fish and how to catch them. Other activities may include knot tying, fish cleaning/cooking, and exploring a creek. Camp will take place from 9am-3:30pm each day.

Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park, Shelter #5

Day 2 Meeting Location: Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter #1

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 15

COST: $90

AGES: 10-11 year olds

Jul
24
Fri
Bouldering Challenge @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Join us in this just-for-fun bouldering challenge! You will have a chance to try out our newly set routes (grades V0 – V5) and try different challenges, as well as other activities at the event. We will also provide refreshments and a raffle for prizes!

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: July 20

COST: $10

AGES: 4+

Jul
25
Sat
Pond Study @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

July 18 – Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, meet near Longhouse
July 25 – Yellow Banks Park, meet at pond

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before the program

COST: FREE

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
29
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
3
Mon
Geology Camp @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am

Come learn all about geology; it rocks! We will explore how geology is all around you, how rocks form, and how it has changed Iowa for millions of years. Campers will go rock and fossil hunting, play games, and make crafts.

Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park Nature Center patio

Day 2 Meeting Location: Yellow Banks Park Tent Camping Area

Session 1: July 9-10 from 9am-3:30pm

Session 2: August 3-4 from 9am-3:30pm

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: July 2 for session 1, July 27 for session 2

COST: $90

AGES: 8-9 year olds

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
6
Thu
Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 6 @ 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.

  • July 2 – Busy Bees – outdoors on the patio
  • August 6 – Water Wonders – outdoors on the patio

REGISTRATION: Required

COST: Free

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
7
Fri
Wild Night Life & Hike @ Jester Park
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm

Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild nightlife in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 7 for July 9th program or Wednesday August 5 for August 7th program.

COST: $5

AGES: 5+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
12
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
17
Mon
Sunset Yoga @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm

Take time to unwind as the sun sets on the outdoor plaza of the Jester Park Nature Center. The class will begin with a short nature hike to give participants a chance distress and enjoy the beauty of nature. The yoga class is perfect for beginners. The focus is on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be inside the Nature Center.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Saturday, July 11 for July 13th class; and Friday, August 14 for August 17th class.

COST: $15

AGES: 12+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
9
Thu
Geology Camp @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am

Come learn all about geology; it rocks! We will explore how geology is all around you, how rocks form, and how it has changed Iowa for millions of years. Campers will go rock and fossil hunting, play games, and make crafts.

Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park Nature Center patio

Day 2 Meeting Location: Yellow Banks Park Tent Camping Area

Session 1: July 9-10 from 9am-3:30pm

Session 2: August 3-4 from 9am-3:30pm

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: July 2 for session 1, July 27 for session 2

COST: $90

AGES: 8-9 year olds

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Wild Night Life & Hike @ Jester Park
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm

Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild nightlife in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 7 for July 9th program or Wednesday August 5 for August 7th program.

COST: $5

AGES: 5+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
13
Mon
Mammal Mania Camp @ Jester Park Shelter #5
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am

Learn what animals like rabbits, squirrels, foxes have in common, and what makes animals with fur unique. We’ll take a look at their homes, tracks and more!

July 13-14 from 9-11:30am

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by June 29

COST: $40

AGES: 6-7 year olds

Sunset Yoga @ Jester Park Nature Center
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm

Take time to unwind as the sun sets on the outdoor plaza of the Jester Park Nature Center. The class will begin with a short nature hike to give participants a chance distress and enjoy the beauty of nature. The yoga class is perfect for beginners. The focus is on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be inside the Nature Center.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Saturday, July 11 for July 13th class; and Friday, August 14 for August 17th class.

COST: $15

AGES: 12+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
15
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
16
Thu
Survival Camp @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am

Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building. Kids will gain confidence and comfort in being outdoors, while have a great time and staying active. Campers will forage for and cook their own lunch. Camp will take place from 9am-3:30pm.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 9

COST: $45

AGES: 12-16 years old

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Princess Adventures – Butterflies @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am

Do you know a little girl who loves princesses? Want to encourage her to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Girls, ages 4-6, are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past, participate in a nature activity, and have a tea party with a snack.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 14

COST: $5

AGES: 4-6 years

Jul
17
Fri
Fireflies by Firelight @ Yellow Banks Park, Shelter #1
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm

Bring the kids out for a night of catching (and releasing) fireflies.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Wednesday, July 15

COST: FREE

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
18
Sat
Pond Study @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

July 18 – Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, meet near Longhouse
July 25 – Yellow Banks Park, meet at pond

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before the program

COST: FREE

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
21
Tue
Giants of the Prairie @ Jester Park, Shelter #6
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am

Bison and elk were two of the largest animals to ever roam across Iowa. What happened to them and where did they go? A naturalist will introduce you to the resident herds of Jester Park and provide an opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close. Don’t forget your cameras!

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 20

COST: FREE

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
22
Wed
Fishing Camp @ Jester Park, Shelter #5
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am

This camp is all about fishing! We will spend time learning about different fish and how to catch them. Other activities may include knot tying, fish cleaning/cooking, and exploring a creek. Camp will take place from 9am-3:30pm each day.

Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park, Shelter #5

Day 2 Meeting Location: Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter #1

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by July 15

COST: $90

AGES: 10-11 year olds

Jul
24
Fri
Bouldering Challenge @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Join us in this just-for-fun bouldering challenge! You will have a chance to try out our newly set routes (grades V0 – V5) and try different challenges, as well as other activities at the event. We will also provide refreshments and a raffle for prizes!

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: July 20

COST: $10

AGES: 4+

Jul
25
Sat
Pond Study @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

July 18 – Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, meet near Longhouse
July 25 – Yellow Banks Park, meet at pond

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before the program

COST: FREE

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Jul
29
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
3
Mon
Geology Camp @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am

Come learn all about geology; it rocks! We will explore how geology is all around you, how rocks form, and how it has changed Iowa for millions of years. Campers will go rock and fossil hunting, play games, and make crafts.

Day 1 Meeting Location: Jester Park Nature Center patio

Day 2 Meeting Location: Yellow Banks Park Tent Camping Area

Session 1: July 9-10 from 9am-3:30pm

Session 2: August 3-4 from 9am-3:30pm

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: July 2 for session 1, July 27 for session 2

COST: $90

AGES: 8-9 year olds

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
6
Thu
Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 6 @ 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.

  • July 2 – Busy Bees – outdoors on the patio
  • August 6 – Water Wonders – outdoors on the patio

REGISTRATION: Required

COST: Free

AGES: 3+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
7
Fri
Wild Night Life & Hike @ Jester Park
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm

Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild nightlife in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Tuesday, July 7 for July 9th program or Wednesday August 5 for August 7th program.

COST: $5

AGES: 5+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
12
Wed
Nature’s Story Hour @ Various Polk County Parks
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from PCC. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: The day before

COST: Free

AGES: All ages welcome

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.

Aug
17
Mon
Sunset Yoga @ Jester Park Nature Center
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm

Take time to unwind as the sun sets on the outdoor plaza of the Jester Park Nature Center. The class will begin with a short nature hike to give participants a chance distress and enjoy the beauty of nature. The yoga class is perfect for beginners. The focus is on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be inside the Nature Center.

REGISTRATION: Required

DEADLINE: Register by Saturday, July 11 for July 13th class; and Friday, August 14 for August 17th class.

COST: $15

AGES: 12+

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the public and the staff. In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, Polk County Conservation programs will adhere to social distancing, smaller group size, increased sanitation and facemasks mandatory while indoors.