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Gray's Lake Park Activities & Events
Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist

Youth, Adult, Senior


Start Date and Time: 08/27/2016 09:30 AM

End Date and Time: 08/27/2016 11:00 AM


Location: Gray's Lake Park

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how it functions and the wildlife that lives there.

Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search of wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way.

All ages 12 and under need a guardian present.

There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear.


For more information please contact Joel Van Roekel at 515-248-6369


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Monarch Tagging - Gray's Lake Park

Youth, Adult, Senior


Start Date and Time: 08/27/2016 12:00 PM

End Date and Time: 08/27/2016 01:30 PM


Location: Gray's Lake Park - Terrace Butterfly Garden

Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation as we tag up to 200 Monarch butterflies at various parks around the metro! At each event participants will be able to learn about the migration pattern of Monarchs that takes them between Des Moines City Parks and Mexico. After a brief discussion we will see if we can catch some Monarchs in our nets on the flowers nearby. The butterflies will be tagged and released to continue their migration south.

Some nets will be provided for use along with tagging directions and supplies. No Registration required. Open to all ages.


Contact Joel at 515-248-6369



Yoga at Gray's Lake

Youth, Adult, Senior


Start Date and Time: 09/04/2016 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 10/27/2035 10:00 AM


Location: Gray's Lake Park

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at a variety of Des Moines Parks.

We’re shaking it up this season and taking Saturday Yoga on the road. The season starts on June 4 at Gray’s Lake on the southeast lawn, and in July classes will move north to enjoy the beauty of Union Park by the Rocket Slide. In August, guests will have the opportunity to admire the art work up close when sessions move to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown, and the season will end in September back at Gray’s Lake southeast lawn. Join us every Saturday, June 4 through September 26, for free outdoor yoga classes from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The classes, taught by volunteer instructors from around the Metro Area, are perfect for all skill levels, from curious beginner to advanced yogi. You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.

Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is cancelled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.



Instructor List Here