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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


Friday evening June 3rd from 5-7 pm at the Gray's Lake Peninsula, located by the beach!  Free Fishing Friday. If you are interested in giving fishing a try, even if it is for the first time, don't worry, we will be there to help you and it is free! No fishing license is required June 3-5, 2016.  We will have bait and supplies on hand for you to borrow or you maybring your own.

Sturday morning June 4th CARP Fest at Gray's Lake.  Registration begins at 8am and fishing is from 9-11:30 am. This is a free event and no fishing license is required June 3-5 in Iowa. Prizes will be awarded for the longest Carp caught in both adult and children's categories.

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.