Outdoor Events in the greater Des Moines area

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Summer programming details are too lengthy to type all out, but investigate the below for more details!

  • Waukee Parks & Rec has: “Youth In The Parks” for grades 5-10, free park story times, free park neighborhood meetup days, “Explore The Outdoors and More” for grades 5-10
  • West Des Moines Parks & Rec has: free park story times, archery classes, beekeeping classes, “Uncle Ike’s Nature Programs” for ages 3-5,”Cycle Into Summer” and “Bike Bash” for ages 7-12
  • Iowa DNR is running a free summer camp for grades 3-6

 

4/17-7/15 32 Parks in 90 Days – Urbandale Parks & Rec

 

June

6/28 Nature Playdate– 10:30 AM- Jester Park- Free- No Reg. Req.

6/29 Princess Adventures– 10 AM – Jester Park – $5 – Registration Req.

July

7/1-7/31 Tour Des Moines Parks

7/1 Star Party at Ewing Park 9:45 PM – Ewing Park – Free- No registration required

7/1 Butterfly Encounters at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/1 Nature Tots – Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/2 Prairie lecture & walk at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/5 – Nature Story Hour– Jester Park- Free – No Reg. Req.

7/5 All-City Play Day – Ankeny

7/8 Family Nature Club (1 PM – Thomas Mitchell Park – Creek Walk- Free, registration recommended)

7/8 Saturday Stewardship at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/12 Nature Playdate– 10:30 AM- Thomas Mitchell Park- Free- No Reg. Req.

7/13 Summer Fishing Tactics

7/16 Photo Hike at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/16 Sunday Scientists at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/19 – Nature Story Hour– Fort Des Moines Park- Free – No Reg. Req.

7/22 Prairie lecture & walk at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

7/26 Nature Playdate– 10:30 AM- Jester Park- Free- No Reg. Req.

August

8/5 Bison Day at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/5 Nature Tots – Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/6 Prairie lecture & walk at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/12 Family Nature Club (10 AM – Jester Park – Natural Playscape – Free, registration recommended)

8/12 Saturday Stewardship at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/12 Star Party at Ewing Park 6 PM – Ewing Park – Free- No registration required

8/19 Photo Hike at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/20 Sunday Scientists at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

8/21 Star Party – Solar Eclipse 11:45 AM – State Capitol- Free- No registration required

September

9/2 Star Party at the Science Center – 8 PM – Science Center of Iowa – Free, registration recommended

9/3 Glow Wild outdoor fundraiser & family night at Jester Park 

9/9 Family Nature Club (1 PM – Chichaqua Bottoms – Monarch Tagging – Free, registration recommended)

October

10/28 Star Party at Ewing Park 7 PM – Ewing Park – Free- No registration required

November

December

12/9 Star Party: Geminids Meteor Shower – 10 PM – Ewing Park – Free, no registration required