Education & Volunteering
General Information

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.

Highlights

Flowers & Photos
April 19th, 1:00 pm

Hike the new Grandview Nature Trail with the Naturalist in search of Spring Woodland Wildflowers and bring your camera with you. The focus of the hike will be looking for the woodland wildflowers of spring and taking photos of them. We will first learn about the flowers and how they survive, then we will take macro photos of them. If you do not know how to use the macro setting on your camera, don't worry we will teach.
 
Meet at the wading pool area located at the corner of Easton and East 33rd St.
 
Other Education Events

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