Environmental Education
General Information

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:
Bald Eagle Day

The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resourced and Fellowship Baptist Church on February 9th to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge.  Between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm there will be spotting scopes and people on the bridge to assist with viewing some of the wild Bald Eagles in Des Moines. Inside Fellowship Baptist Church, you will be able to warm up, relax and listen to presentations. All ages are welcome, there will be children’s activities and the event is free and open to the public.  

Presentations inside the Felloweship Baptist Church

10:30 am     Ty Smedes

11:30 am      S.O.A.R.

12:30 pm     Ty SMedes

1:30 pm      S.O.A.R.

For additional information, contact Joel at Des Moines Parks and Recreation 515 248 6369 or www.parksEE@dmgov.org.

You can find all activities at www.dmparks.org

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