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Urban Environmental Education

Reconnect with nature and your family!  Restore yourself and refocus your children by getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors.  Studies have shown that children are smarter, more cooperative, happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied chances to play in the out-of-doors. That’s only one reason why the Park and Recreation Department offers environmental educational programs for every age and every season.  
Environmental educational programs are based on hands on learning for people of all ages. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department offers popular programs such as nature story hours, intriguing pond exploration, creepy insect investigations, seasonal hikes, snowshoe stomps, informative bird programs and more.

Additional outdoor programs sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department also include canoe classes and trips, a camping night at Ewing Park during STAR Party, eco-art, nature-based scavenger hunts and a “how-to attract butterflies” by gardening with native plants.  Visit Parks throughout the year to see what’s coming up in your neighborhood that would interest you, your friends and your family.

Education Events

When the snow falls come join in the fun

Snowshoe Hikes in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Feb 16th Noon-1:00pm

Feb 19th 1:00-3:00pm

March 7th Noon-1:00pm

We have several dates this winter where you can join us for snowshoeing in the Sculpture Park. Participants will gear up with snowshoes and basic directions, then start stomping. We will stomp with a Des Moines Art Center Education Docent visiting several different sculptures in the park. The docent will give everyone information about the sculptures and their creators and then when we return to the starting point, there will be hot chocolate available to finish the event. If you can walk you can snowshoe. The fee is $5 and covers snowshoe rental and hot chocolate. Registration s required to secure your gear.

You can find more details or at www.dmparks.org

If you have questions contact Joel at parksEE@dmgov.org or 515-248-6369.

You can find future education events and activities by looking at our Calendar of Events.