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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

Bird Banding

Stop by and see what is happening April 29, in Greenwood Park at the open shelter between 10am and Noon.  Beth Brown will be on hand to capture, band and release birds that live in Greenwood Park and you get to take part in the activities. Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds.  The first record of a metal band for a bird dates back to 1596.  The modern version of the Bird Banding program started in 1923 and is jointly administered by the United States Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Along with the Bird Banding, we will have a limited supply of bird house kits. Participants will be able to build a bird house that they may take home with them to create some backyard habitat for cavity nesting birds such as Wrens and Bluebirds. For more information contact Joel at www.parksEE@dmgov.org  or 515 248-6369.

April 29     10:00am -Noon

This is a free event. 

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.