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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

Halloween Hike

Take a fun hike on the trail, in the dark and meet some interesting but not scary characters on your way. Guided hikes start every ten minutes from 6:30pm to 7:20pm on Oct. 27th at Four Mile Community Center, so reserve your spot now at www.dmparks.org. On the hike you will meet some interesting, not scary, characters involved in a whodunit mystery. These characters will inform you about themselves and their connection to the mysterious missing acorns. As you listen to their stories you will collect clues and then try to decide, who the culprit is. Wear your costume and after the hike, you are invited inside the Four Mile Community Center for a snack and Halloween craft. This event is FREE but each hike has a limited registration.  Reserve your spot at www.dmparks.org.

For more information contact Joel at (515) 681-2027

Register Here

Friday October 27th Start times 6:30, 6:40, 6:50, 7:00, 7:10, & 7:20 The whole event takes about one hour from your start time to complete

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.