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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

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Fall is the season for Monarch Migration and we will be capturing and tagging Monarchs while they are on their way south. Learn more about it and take part in the fun at one of the programs offered.  These are all free events and everyone is invited to take part.

Aug. 23 Ewing Park 10:30 am

Aug. 25 Sargent Park 5:30 pm

Aug. 27 Gray's Lake, terrace ara, 12:00 pm

Sept. 8 Franklin Gardens 10:00 am

Sept. 24 Des Moines EXPO, Water Works Park 10:00 am

Sept. 24 Ewing Park Ashley Okland Playground 12:00 pm


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.