Education & Volunteering
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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.


GPS Easter Egg Hunts
March 29th & April 1st

You get 2 chances to try the same fun with a fun modern twist – GPS Egg Hunts! Each registered participant will use a handheld GPS unit that has been pre-programmed with prize locations within the park. 

After an introduction and instructions, the hunt will begin. For each correct location, participants will select a small prize to take home. More than one person may walk along on the search but only registered participants are allowed to pick up the prizes.  Click HERE to register!
Other Education Events

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