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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

Birding Basics is happening now through May, each Wednesday 11:00 - 11:45 am at Gray's Lake. Walk with us and try to spot the birds of Gray's Lake. All skills, all ages, all free. Joins us and bring your binoculars or ask to borrow some of ours when you arrive.

Come to the Science Center of Iowa on April 23 to celebrate EARTH Day 2016.  Admission is free that day and special EARTH Day activities will be happening including Kite Bulding at the Des Moines Parks and Recreation table.

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.