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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.

Links of Interest

Educational Documents 

Bluebird Information & video

Bluebirds in Des Moines Parks

Blue Bird Box Video

Bluebird Nest Box hatch Reports

Monarch Information

Monarch Butterfly

   Environmental Education Activities

   Calendar of events    

   Backyard Conservation & Habitat Creation

Canada Goose Habitat

Native Landscaping Resources

Small Urban Landscaping with Native Species

Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2017
If you are interested in participating here in Des Moines, contact Denny Thompson at cndthomps@gmail.com for more information at the National level click here.

Highlights
 
Education Events

Full Snow Moon Snowshoe Hikes

Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy the setting on a Full Snow Moon winter evening.  Snowshoeing is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe.  These programs will meet at the enclosed shelters so you can warm up if needed. We will be starting at 5:30pm so dress for the weather. Registration is $5 and includes snowshoe rental and hot chocolate. All ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 years old will need to have a guardian present.

Two Different Hikes tochoose from!

January 31st. Wednesday 5:30 pm, Grandiew Park Enclosed Shelter. Register HERE

March 2nd. Friday 5:30 pm, Greenwood Park Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter. Register HERE

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 or for more information contact Joel at (515) 681 2027 or dmparksEE@dmgov.org

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