• On Sale Now!

    Starting December 2, 28-inch, live wreaths will be available for purchase at Glendale Cemetery. Each wreath costs $25 with additional options including a stand and/or red bow for an extra $5 each. You can purchase your wreath in advance, now, with a credit card by calling 248-6320 for pick-up at the Glendale office on or after December 2.

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  • Adult Indoor Wiffleball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Adult Indoor Wiffleball for you & your friends. Teams may be composed of all men, all women or co-ed. League play will begin Jan. 4 & games will be played at Pioneer Columbus Community Center. Cost is $60/team, which includes an 8-week schedule & an end-of-season tournament.

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  • Sign Up Now!

    Sign up today for the 22nd annual 12" slow-pitch softball tournament! It is a double elimination tournament until the championship game for both coed and men's divisions. Games will be played at several City of Des Moines softball fields. Cost is $105/team. The coed tournament will be held January 24-25 and the men's tournament will be January 31-February 1.

    Entries are limited. Sign up online by January 18.

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  • Pee Wee Bball Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of basketball in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent coach and will play against a different team one night per week for six weeks. All equipment, including a personal team shirt will be provided. Cost is $40/child. League play begins January 20.

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Illustration of the benefits of prairie plants

Urban Environmental Education

 

Connection You with Nature in the City

 

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 why the Park and Recreation Department offers educational programs for every age and every season. 
 
Next time you’re at Gray’s Lake, or many of your other city parks, keep your eyes open for new interpretive signage. These signs help visitors to the city parks view and understand natural land management strategies, as well as different aspects of park and lake ecology. In the future, you may be able to access interpretive information with your mobile phone through a podcast while on a park walking tour.
  

Of course, educational programs reach far beyond signs. Thanks to ongoing partnerships with Polk County Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources, the Park and Recreation Department continues to offer popular nature story hours, intriguing pond exploration, creepy insect investigations, 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 Gray’s Lake, eco-art, nature-based scavenger hunts, and a “how-to” on 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.

 

Educational Documents

 

 Backyard Conservation and Habitat Creation

Canada Goose Habitat

Herbicide Alphabet Soup

Native Landscaping Resources

Native Species Blooming Periods

Small Urban Landscaping with Native Species