Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
05/28/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics IIA "Canoeing Basics I" class is required to take this class. This class briefly revisits the fundamentals of canoeing basics, and then adds more paddling stokes and in-water rescue techniques. Equipment is provided. Dress in swimsuits, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
05/29/2015 01:00 PMPaddling the Des Moines RiverJoin Natalie Warren on May 29th for a six mile paddling trip from the Sycamore Access to Prospect Park. The trip will take between two and three hours depending on water levels. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty, bring sun screen and a water bottle. If you wish to bring personal items such as wallet, cell phone, camera and keys, a dry bag is recommended. Beginning paddlers welcome.
Trip co-sponsored with Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Waterworks.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.
Register HereSycamore Access, NW 66th, Johnston
05/29/2015 07:00 PMBark in the Park7:00-8:15: Canine Craze Seminar
Get a great workout with your dog on our agility equipment and learn some new tips for your dog's poor behavior.

8:30-10:00pm: Free Flicks
After the seminar, stay for a viewing of "Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore."

No registration necessary, event is free. You must show your dog permit in order to participate. Only children 10 and over are allowed inside the dog parks. A separate viewing area for the Free Flick will be available for children 9 and under and their families.
 Riverwalk Dog Park - 1111 Illinois Street
05/29/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Cats and Dogs - Revenge of Kitty GaloreFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingRiverwalk Dog Park - 1111 Illinois St.
05/30/2015 08:00 AMCarp FestDes Moines Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Des Moines Izaak Walton League to bring you Carp Fest 2015. Registration for this free carp fishing tournament begins at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 to 11:30 am. There will be a prize for the longest carp caught in both the adult and children’s age category. Instructions, bait and fishing gear will be available. A valid fishing license is required for the event. Carp caught may be kept by the fisherman or donated onsite to the wildlife rehabilitation organization S.O.A.R. Gray's Lake Peninsula
05/30/2015 11:00 AMLaunch: Art at Water Works ParkAs a kick off to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Water Trails Initiative, multiple family friendly events will be taking place at Water Works Park on May 30, including the installment of an interactive public art piece by Mary Mattingly.
Interested in trying your hand at paddling? Float trips will start at the pedestrian bridge at 11, 12, 2 and 3 and each last approximately 30 minutes. The event will be keynoted at 1pm with remarks from artist Mary Mattingly and DNR Director Chuck Gipp. This event is co-sponsored with Department of Natural Resources and Des Moines Parks and Recreation. No registration required.
 Water Works Park, 1398 Fleur Drive
06/01/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/01/2015 11:00 AMWading Pools OpenA wading pool is a small pool with standing water and no spray features. They offer supervised water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. Wading pools are staffed; however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.Wading Pool Information 
06/02/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/02/2015 09:00 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars and listen to the sounds of the night.
All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also grab a delicious snack from the concession stand to enjoy as you float. Mark your calendar for full moon floats on June 2, July 2, and August 14.
Rental of Boats - $5 per half hour. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight.
 Gray's Lake Park
06/03/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/03/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the Hub SpotDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesHub Spot (210 Water Street)
06/03/2015 12:00 PMPool Season BeginsNahas Aquatic Center will be open Memorial Weekend (May 23, 24 & 25), then close and reopen on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 when all other pools and aquatic centers open. All pools and aquatic centers close August 23, 2015 with the following exception:

Nahas Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.
Pool Information 
06/04/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/04/2015 08:00 AMEvelyn K. Davis Park OpeningCheck out the Parks & Recreation calendar for upcoming events and summer programs at Evelyn K. Davis park. We are looking forward to working with a host of community partners to provide great activities all summer long. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/04/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/04/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: The Rear Window
Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.
Free Flicks ListingThe Des Moines Art Center - 4700 Grand Ave.
06/05/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/05/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/05/2015 05:00 PMFree Fishing Weekend EventDes Moines Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Iowa DNR for a free fishing event. Bait and supplies will be on hand to use at no cost and a fishing license is not required. There will also be a limited supply of canoes available if you would like some paddling experience. No registration required. Gray's Lake Peninsula
06/06/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/08/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/08/2015 02:00 PMAnimal StoriesStudents are introduced to an animal of the teacher’s choice through an original story. Using facts about the animal’s habitat, characteristics, and behavior, instructor Jim Boardman creates a story that educates and entertains.
Put on by Metro Arts Education.
Metro Arts WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/09/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/09/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/09/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/09/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Solo Basics"Canoeing Basics I" and "Canoeing Basics II" classes both are required to take this class. Instruction occurs at Gray's Lake and will focus on the strokes and skills required to solo an open canoe on flat water creeks and rivers. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 16. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/10/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/10/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/10/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the Hub SpotDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesHub Spot (210 Water Street)
06/10/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - TeachoutJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Teachout Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/10/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/11/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/11/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/11/2015 12:00 PMCultureAll ActivitiesVolunteers from CultureAll will host a session that explores the traditions and practices of different cultures and heritages. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/11/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/11/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: UpFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingAshby Park - 3200 38th St.
06/12/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/12/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/13/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided, please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
06/13/2015 09:00 AMCanoeing Basics I & IIFor ease of scheduling, this optional day class combines the Canoeing Basics I and Canoeing Basics II evening classes into a single course. Instruction covers all of the same material that is in each evening class. Equipment provided. Dress in swimsuit, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet and bring your own lunch. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/13/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/13/2015 11:00 AMScheels Demo DayAttendees can come to Gray's Lake and try watercraft such as standup paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes for free!
In partnership with Scheels and Des Moines Park and Recreation.
 Gray's Lake Beach
06/15/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/15/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4500 Grand Avenue
06/15/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/15/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 15-18
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/15/2015 01:30 PMPlant. Grow. Fly.Kids are invited to come learn about how flowers and butterflies grow and how they depend on each other to survive. As part of the program, participants will decorate their own flower pot, then plant flowers in it to take home and help provide habitat for butterflies. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed. Each person registered will receive a flower pot.  Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/16/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/16/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/16/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4500 Grand Avenue
06/16/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/16/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 15-18
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/16/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/16/2015 03:00 PMCultureAll ActivitiesVolunteers from CultureAll will host a variety of activities for kids throughout the summer. This week's activity is Meal from the Middle East, where participants will learn about and taste traditional foods from the Middle East.CultureAll websiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/16/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/17/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/17/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/17/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4500 Grand Avenue
06/17/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/17/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 15-18
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/17/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the Hub SpotDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesHub Spot (210 Water Street)
06/17/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/18/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/18/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/18/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4500 Grand Avenue
06/18/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/18/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 15-18
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/18/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - BirdlandJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Birdland Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/18/2015 02:00 PMNature Trail WalkHike the new natural trail at Grandview Park with one of our naturalists. Enjoy the outdoors and maybe see some wildlife while you're out! Grandview Park
06/18/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics IIA "Canoeing Basics I" class is required to take this class. This class briefly revisits the fundamentals of canoeing basics, and then adds more paddling stokes and in-water rescue techniques. Equipment is provided. Dress in swimsuits, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/18/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: PaddingtonFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingMartin Luther King Jr Park - 1650 Garfield Ave.
06/19/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/19/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4500 Grand Avenue
06/19/2015 01:00 PMFORE Our ParksThe Friends of Des Moines Parks annual golf tournament, FORE Our Parks, sponsored by Continental Lift Truck and Blackbird Investments, will take place on Friday, June 19 at
Waveland Golf Course from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Last year’s event raised over $20,000 and organizers are looking to double that this year, with funds earmarked for a playground project.
Be a WINNER and hit a Hole-In-One at FORE Our Parks! Willis Auto Campus will provide a 1-year promotional lease if you are the LUCKY one!
Cost is $150 for individuals and $500 for foursomes. Sign your team up today!
Register HereWaveland Golf Course, 4908 University Avenue
06/19/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/19/2015 07:00 PMFamily Swim Night - TeachoutBring your family for an evening swim at Teachout Aquatic Center. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages NOT permitted inside the gates. Cost is $5 per family. Teachout Aquatic Center - 2601 Hubbell Avenue
06/20/2015 07:30 AM2015 Iowa Games Mud RunRegister NOW through June 17 or at the event!

This unique trail is like no other in Iowa! In the heart of Des Moines, the course is carved through a grass and wooded stretch along the Des Moines River. Racers of all abilities will have a great time traversing obstacles and several mud pits including the signature Mucky Mud Pit! Participants must be at least 6 years or older to compete. Bring towels and extra clothes as make-shift showers (water hoses) will be provided.

Entry fee includes Mud Run T-shirt, post race refreshments and all finishers will receive a Mud Run survivor medal. This is a FUN run and it will not be timed.

Waves will be offered for the 3 mile race. During registration please select your desired wave time.
Wave 1 | Time 9:30 a.m. | 500 spots available
Wave 2 | Time 9:35 a.m. | 500 spots available
Wave 3 | Time 9:40 a.m. | 500 spots available
Wave 4 | Time 9:45 a.m. | 500 spots available
Register and More Information HereCownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
06/20/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/20/2015 08:00 PMStar Viewing at Ewing ParkDes Moines Park and Recreation is partnering with the Science Center of Iowa for a night of star gazing. Check out the moon, Jupiter and Venus through a telescope and learn a little more about our stars and planets. This is a free event; no registration required. Ewing Park - corner of Indianola Ave and Easter Lake Drive
06/21/2015 12:00 PMFather's Day Canoe FloatIn partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Central Iowa Paddlers, the Park and Recreation Department is pleased to present Des Moines residents with the opportunity to experience the adventure of canoeing without leaving the city limits! Join us for a Free Father's Day Float June 21st from 12 to 3:30 pm. Take a 30 minute ride down the Des Moines River, starting at Prospect Park and ending at Birdland Marina. Whether you have never been in a canoe or haven’t paddled in a long time, there has never been a better chance to enjoy safe fun in the water. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Participants 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets will be provided. Floats will be held rain or shine.  Prospect Park, 1225 Prospect Road
06/22/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/22/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/22/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 22-25
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/22/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/23/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/23/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/23/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/23/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 22-25
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/23/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/23/2015 10:00 AMNature Story Time in the ParkJoin us at Witmer Park for an hour of stories and nature based activities. Nature Story Time will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11am for four weeks starting June 23rd and ending July 14th. Kids may attend one or all of the sessions. Each Tuesday session will follow a different theme for books and activities and have a light snack. The fee is $3 for each session attended and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. Activities will be focused on early childhood to early elementary ages.
 Witmer Park, 1610 24th Street
06/23/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/23/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Solo Basics"Canoeing Basics I" and "Canoeing Basics II" classes both are required to take this class. Instruction occurs at Gray's Lake and will focus on the strokes and skills required to solo an open canoe on flat water creeks and rivers. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 16. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/24/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/24/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/24/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/24/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 22-25
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/24/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/24/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the Hub SpotDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesHub Spot (210 Water Street)
06/24/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/25/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/25/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/25/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/25/2015 09:00 AMPop/Rock CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle-school students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show!

Camp: June 22-25
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
06/25/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 1Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
Register & More InfoAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
06/25/2015 12:00 PMFootball CampSargent Tina Kalar and Jason Hemmer will be putting on a football camp for kids. College players, current and past, will be helping out, in a one day football camp. Running, catching, passing, and tackling technique will be points of emphasis.  Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/25/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - NahasJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Nahas Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/25/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
06/25/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Lego MovieFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingChamberlain Park - 2150 Woodland Ave.
06/26/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/26/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/26/2015 07:00 PMFamily Swim Night - AshworthBring your family for an evening swim at Ashworth Swimming Pool. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages NOT permitted inside the gates. Cost is $5 per family. Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool - 101 SW 45th Street
06/27/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/27/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
06/29/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/29/2015 02:00 PMVisit from Blank Park ZooVolunteers from the Blank Park Zoo will come to the park with select animals. Participants will learn about what the animals eat, where they live and so forth. Some animals will be able to be touched.  Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/30/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
06/30/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
06/30/2015 10:00 AMNature Story Time in the ParkJoin us at Witmer Park for an hour of stories and nature based activities. Nature Story Time will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11am for four weeks starting June 23rd and ending July 14th. Kids may attend one or all of the sessions. Each Tuesday session will follow a different theme for books and activities and have a light snack. The fee is $3 for each session attended and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. Activities will be focused on early childhood to early elementary ages.
 Witmer Park, 1610 24th Street
06/30/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
06/30/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
07/01/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/01/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/01/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
07/01/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/02/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/02/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/02/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
07/02/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GodzillaFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingWitmer Park - 1610 34th St.
07/02/2015 09:00 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars and listen to the sounds of the night.
All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also grab a delicious snack from the concession stand to enjoy as you float. Mark your calendar for full moon floats on June 2, July 2, and August 14.
Rental of Boats - $5 per half hour. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight.
 Gray's Lake Park
07/03/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/03/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/04/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/05/2015 07:00 PMYouth Flag Football RegistrationDes Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer Youth Flag Football to children in grades 1-7. Volunteer coaches will lead practices and games. Score will be kept and referees are provided.

Teams are divided into age groups: 1-2 grade, 3-4 grade and 5-6-7 grade. Team practices will take place once a week with games played Saturday mornings at a neighborhood location. There will be a 5-game regular season, and include playoffs at the end of the season.

• Registration Period: July 6 - September 9, 2015
• Cost: $475 per team or $50 individual registration, team jersey included and all other equipment provided
• 8-week program, with practice beginning September 21, 2015
Register Here 
07/05/2015 07:00 PMAdult Fall Softball RegistrationDes Moines Parks and Recreation offers Fall Softball leagues for both men and coed slow-pitch divisions. Teams play a 7-game schedule, one game per week, and must be registered with ASA Softball ($27). Teams that have played in Des Moines Parks and Recreation summer leagues in the same year are already ASA registered.

• Registration Period: July 6 - August 16, 2015
• Cost: $195.00 per team
• 7-game schedule plays from September 1 - October 25, 2015, 6-9 p.m. weeknights and 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekends
Register Here 
07/06/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/06/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 2Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/06/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 3-4Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/06/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - TeachoutJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Teachout Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/07/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/07/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/07/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 2Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/07/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 3-4Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/07/2015 10:00 AMNature Story Time in the ParkJoin us at Witmer Park for an hour of stories and nature based activities. Nature Story Time will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11am for four weeks starting June 23rd and ending July 14th. Kids may attend one or all of the sessions. Each Tuesday session will follow a different theme for books and activities and have a light snack. The fee is $3 for each session attended and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. Activities will be focused on early childhood to early elementary ages.
 Witmer Park, 1610 24th Street
07/07/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/07/2015 05:30 PMStand-Up PaddleboardJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for an evening paddle on Gray's Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how it functions and the wildlife that live there. Starting at 5:30 we will paddle in search for wildlife that live in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There will be two different session to choose from, July 7th and September 10th. Registration for this event is limited to 10 spaces and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $5 and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. If you have your own board and gear feel free to join us.  Gray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/08/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/08/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/08/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 2Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/08/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 3-4Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/08/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
07/08/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/09/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/09/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/09/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 2Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/09/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 3-4Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/09/2015 02:00 PMCultureAll ActivitiesVolunteers from CultureAll will host a variety of activities for kids throughout the summer. This week's program will be an introduction to the practices of yoga and Ayurveda.CultureAll Website 
07/09/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics IIA "Canoeing Basics I" class is required to take this class. This class briefly revisits the fundamentals of canoeing basics, and then adds more paddling stokes and in-water rescue techniques. Equipment is provided. Dress in swimsuits, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
07/09/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: MaleficentFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingCheatham Park - 1100 Day St.
07/10/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/10/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 2Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/10/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 3-4Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/10/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/10/2015 07:00 PMFamily Swim Night - BirdlandBring your family for an evening swim at Birdland Swimming Pool. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages NOT permitted inside the gates. Cost is $5 per family. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb
07/11/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
07/11/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/12/2015 07:00 PMAdult Flag Football RegistrationDes Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive and recreational Adult Flag Football leagues with separate leagues for men and women. Registration is from mid-July through mid-August with games beginning in September. A 7-game schedule offers once a week play on weeknights, Monday through Thursday, or on Sundays. Weeknight game times begin at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday game times begin at 11:00 a.m. for the early league and 3:00 p.m. for the late league. All games are played at Ashfield (E 19th & Hubbell Ave) or Chesterfield (E 27th & Scott). Teams provide their own flags and can roster up to 20 players with seven players on the field at a time. Trophies for league champions may be picked up from our office at 1551 E Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317, when the season ends. Men's State Flag Football Tournament follows in October.

• Registration Period: July 13 - August 21, 2015
• Cost: $200 per team
• 7-game schedule plays from September 1 - October 29, 2015, 6-9 p.m. weeknights and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends
Register Here 
07/13/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/13/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/13/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 13-16
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/13/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 3Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/13/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - BirdlandJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Birdland Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/13/2015 03:00 PMArt Through RecyclingRecycle toilet paper and paper towel tubes to create funky birds. With a little bit of imagination, paint and found objects, participants can recycle these cardboard cylinders into their own bird menagerie.
Put on by Metro Arts Education.
Metro Arts Education WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/14/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/14/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/14/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/14/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 13-16
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/14/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 3Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/14/2015 10:00 AMNature Story Time in the ParkJoin us at Witmer Park for an hour of stories and nature based activities. Nature Story Time will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11am for four weeks starting June 23rd and ending July 14th. Kids may attend one or all of the sessions. Each Tuesday session will follow a different theme for books and activities and have a light snack. The fee is $3 for each session attended and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. Activities will be focused on early childhood to early elementary ages.
 Witmer Park, 1610 24th Street
07/14/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/15/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/15/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/15/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/15/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 13-16
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/15/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 3Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/15/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
07/15/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/16/2015 06:30 AMThe First Tee Summer CertificationThe First Tee of Greater Des Moines conducts outdoor and indoor instruction sessions through our certification program June - August.

Golfers are grouped by age and experience level. Golf equipment (starter set of clubs with bag) is provided, if needed, as long as supplies last and “scholarships” are available to help cover program costs. Following the sessions, participants will take part in the certification process. Each lesson covers:
•Life Skills
•Rules and Etiquette
•Full Swing
•Short Game
•Putting

The fee for the summer program is $75/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify
Program Information & RegistrationA.H. Blank, Bright Grandview or Waveland golf courses
07/16/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/16/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/16/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 13-16
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/16/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 3Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/16/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/16/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Raiders of the Lost ArkFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain. Free Flicks ListingSoftball Complex - 4980 NE 46th St.
07/17/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/17/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/17/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 3Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/17/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/18/2015 07:00 AMParks and Recreation Bridge EventCome celebrate National Park and Recreation month with us on July 18 on the Court Avenue Bridge. Have fun playing games and winning prizes while learning information about the activities and programs Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers the community throughout the year. There is something for everyone to do at this celebration so stop by and play mini golf, try out a game of pickleball, shoot some hoops, or simply relax with Yoga at the Hub Spot. Court Avenue Bridge
07/18/2015 09:00 AMCanoeing Basics I & IIFor ease of scheduling, this optional day class combines the Canoeing Basics I and Canoeing Basics II evening classes into a single course. Instruction covers all of the same material that is in each evening class. Equipment provided. Dress in swimsuit, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet and bring your own lunch. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
07/18/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/18/2015 11:30 AMJazz in JulyEnjoy Jazz in July at Evelyn K. Davis Park, July 18 starting at 11:30am. Performances include a Junior Jazz group and the headlining Nola Jazz Band. Enjoy all-day family activities and a showing of The Incredibles to end the night.

Part of the MetroArts Alliance Jazz in July series.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/20/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/20/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/20/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/20/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 20-23
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/20/2015 12:00 PMIntroduction to SwimmingIntroduction to swimming lessons will take place July 20-24 from 12:00-12:45 each afternoon at Birdland Swimming Pool. Sign up can be done at Evelyn K. Davis Park and at Safe Summer Kick Off on May 28. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb Ave
07/20/2015 01:00 PMBlank Park Zoo Field TripSpend a day with EKD staff at the zoo seeing the animals and enjoying different exhibits that the zoo has to offer.
Transportation to the Zoo will be provided.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/21/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/21/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/21/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/21/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 20-23
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/21/2015 12:00 PMIntroduction to SwimmingIntroduction to swimming lessons will take place July 20-24 from 12:00-12:45 each afternoon at Birdland Swimming Pool. Sign up can be done at Evelyn K. Davis Park and at Safe Summer Kick Off on May 28. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb Ave
07/22/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/22/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/22/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/22/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 20-23
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/22/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
07/22/2015 12:00 PMIntroduction to SwimmingIntroduction to swimming lessons will take place July 20-24 from 12:00-12:45 each afternoon at Birdland Swimming Pool. Sign up can be done at Evelyn K. Davis Park and at Safe Summer Kick Off on May 28. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb Ave
07/22/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/23/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/23/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/23/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/23/2015 09:00 AMHip-Hop CampThe Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for students to meet new friends and have an education and FUN music experience- join our talented teachers at Hip Hop Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students through the creative process, making beats, writing lyrics, recording, and putting on a LIVE performance at the end of camp!

Camp: July 20-23
Performance Rehearsal: July 24
Performance: July 25 at Simon Estes Amphitheater
Register HereRails Academy, 1000 Porter Avenue
07/23/2015 12:00 PMIntroduction to SwimmingIntroduction to swimming lessons will take place July 20-24 from 12:00-12:45 each afternoon at Birdland Swimming Pool. Sign up can be done at Evelyn K. Davis Park and at Safe Summer Kick Off on May 28. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb Ave
07/23/2015 02:00 PMCultureAll ActivitiesVolunteers from CultureAll will host a session that explores the traditions and practices of different cultures and heritages.CultureAll WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/23/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
07/23/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GooniesFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingSargent Park - 3530 E. Douglas Ave.
07/24/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/24/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 5-6 (biking & canoeing)Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.

For grades 5 and up, be sure to bring your bike each day. Biking camps will ride around Gray's Lake as well as along the Bill Riley Bike Trail between Gray's Lake and Greenwood Park. Experiment, learn and play along supervised trails and bike paths. You must be a confident rider with your own functioning bicycle, helmet and padlock. Bike maintenance and trail safety training will be provided on the first day of camp.

We also will be canoeing for at least part of every day as long as weather permits. The canoeing portion of camp will be taught by certified ACA Canoe Instructors. If your child has a lifejacket that will work for canoeing, please send it with them to camp. Initial instruction will occur in lakes and ponds with the final canoe trip taking place on the Raccoon River. Additional details regarding that trip will be sent to you before camp begins.

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/24/2015 12:00 PMIntroduction to SwimmingIntroduction to swimming lessons will take place July 20-24 from 12:00-12:45 each afternoon at Birdland Swimming Pool. Sign up can be done at Evelyn K. Davis Park and at Safe Summer Kick Off on May 28. Birdland Swimming Pool - 300 Holcomb Ave
07/24/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/24/2015 07:00 PMFamily Swim Night - NorthwestBring your family for an evening swim at Northwest Aquatic Center. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages NOT permitted inside the gates. Cost is $5 per family. Northwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
07/25/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/25/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
07/25/2015 12:00 PMSummer Music Camp PerformanceCome see the students of the pop/rock and hip-hop summer music camps perform what they've learned! Time of the event TBA. Simon Estes Amphitheater
07/27/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/27/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/27/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/27/2015 01:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - NahasJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Nahas Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/27/2015 04:00 PMGardening with JoAnn MuldoonJoin JoAnn in helping to maintain our community gardens. Pull weeds, water plants, and make the area look beautiful.
JoAnn is the president of the King Irving Neighborhood Association.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/28/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/28/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/28/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/28/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/29/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/29/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/29/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/29/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
07/29/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/30/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/30/2015 09:00 AMSwimming Lessons Session 4Four summer swimming lesson programs are available:
Baby/Infant and Me
Preschool Swim
Learn to Swim Levels 1-5
Adult Swimming Lessons

Registration is first come, first served. Please only register for one session at a time. Successful completion of one class is necessary before moving on to next class.
1-week format: (5) 45-minute lessons
2-week format: (8) 35-minute lessons
Fee: $30
More Info & RegistrationAshworth, Birdland, Nahas, Northwest, Teachout
07/30/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/31/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
07/31/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 1-2Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 1-4 will be held in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. We will meet at the cabin located on the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Parkway on the west side of the Des Moines Art Center. From there, we will explore the creek, woods, trails, recreation and playground. For full-day camp, be sure to bring a lunch each day!

For more information, visit http://www.sciowa.org/learn/camps/iearth.
Register HereGreenwood-Ashworth Park, 4400 Grand Avenue
07/31/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
07/31/2015 07:00 PMFamily Swim Night - NahasBring your family for an evening swim at Nahas Aquatic Center. All children under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Concessions will be open and food will be available for purchase. Outside food and beverages NOT permitted inside the gates. Cost is $5 per family. Nahas Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/01/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/03/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/03/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/03/2015 03:00 PMBowling at Merle HayJoin the EKD staff for a bowling field trip to Merle Hay Lanes. We can take up to 20 participants, transportation will be provided. Evelyn K. Davis Par - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/04/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/04/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/04/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/05/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/05/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/05/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
08/05/2015 02:00 PMM.E.E.P.Volunteers from Multicultural Education Programs will work with kids at EKD, exploring projects and ideas in science, technology, engineering, math, and business. Learn more about the organization by clicking the link below.Multicultural Education Program WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/05/2015 03:00 PMSing & Dance in MotionKids will be on their feet and dancing in this interactive program. The instructor will teach basic square dance, individual and group dance with the help of his harmonica and guitar.
Put on by Metro Arts Education.
Metro Arts WebsiteEvelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/06/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/06/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/06/2015 01:00 PMGardening with RalphJoin Ralph on trips to community gardens to learn about growing your own plants and food. Kids help keep the gardens watered and free of weeds while developing their own green thumbs.
Transportation provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park.
 Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/06/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: ETFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingWoodlawn Park - 3126 Twana Dr.
08/07/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/07/2015 09:00 AMiEarth Camp, Grades 7-8Get in touch with the world around you through activities like fishing, geocaching, printmaking, observational drawings, pond and water quality research, ecology, fort-building, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, outdoor cooking, nature investigation and MORE! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Come learn from outdoor enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we'll be indoors or take a field trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!

Camps for Grades 5-8 will be based from Gray's Lake. Bring a lunch each day and meet at the terrace above the concession stand. In addition to nature activities, this group will go swimming, biking and canoeing. A schedule with additional details will be sent to you before camp begins.
Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/07/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/08/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
08/08/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/08/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: GhostbustersFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingHoyt Sherman 1501 Woodland Ave.
08/10/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/10/2015 03:00 PMCultureAll ActivitiesVolunteers from CultureAll will host a session that explores the traditions and practices of different cultures and heritages. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/10/2015 04:00 PMSwimming Field Trip - TeachoutJoin the EKD Park staff on a field trip to the Teachout Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from the park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/11/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/11/2015 12:00 PMSchool Supply DayGet ready for back-to-school with a school supply day at the park. While supplies last. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/12/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/12/2015 10:00 AMMonarch Tagging - UnionCome out to the park and learn about Monarch butterflies and how their migration takes them between the 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.  Union Park, 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue (meet at SE flower garden)
08/12/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
08/13/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/14/2015 07:00 AMCamp Fire Day CampThis summer day camp is for children in grades 1-8. Your child will spend the summer learning, having fun and exploring Des Moines, including visits to Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Living History Farms, Iowa Cubs games, Adventureland, and local pools and parks.
Activities are planned by Camp Fire Heart of Iowa.
Co-sponsored by United Way and Des Moines Park & Recreation.
Camp Fire Heart of IowaPioneer Columbus Community Center - 2100 SE 5th Street
08/14/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/14/2015 09:00 PMMoon FloatTake a relaxing float under the stars and listen to the sounds of the night.
All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also grab a delicious snack from the concession stand to enjoy as you float. Mark your calendar for full moon floats on June 2, July 2, and August 14.
Rental of Boats - $5 per half hour. Lights are provided free of charge with rental boats. Participating boats must have a flashlight.
 Gray's Lake Park
08/15/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/15/2015 06:00 PMStar Party!For over 2000 years, the Perseid meteor shower has reached its peak in August. This year you are invited to take in the magnificent view on August 15th from Ewing Park. The meteors will not be visible until later that night but there is a full slate of fun for the whole family leading up to the action in the sky. Kid-friendly fun starts at 6:00pm with crafts, activities, telescopes and a real meteorite that you can see up close. While the sun is setting we will have guest speakers to teach you about the night sky. Starting about 8:45pm when it is dark enough, the movie The Last Starfighters will be shown on the outdoor movie screen.  Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road
08/19/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
08/20/2015 09:00 PMFree Flicks: Monster's Inc.Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.Free Flicks ListingDing Darling Shelter - 2100 Saylor Rd.
08/21/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/22/2015 09:00 AMCanoeing Basics I & IIFor ease of scheduling, this optional day class combines the Canoeing Basics I and Canoeing Basics II evening classes into a single course. Instruction covers all of the same material that is in each evening class. Equipment provided. Dress in swimsuit, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet and bring your own lunch. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park
08/22/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/23/2015 01:00 PMPool Season EndsSunday, August 23 is the last day for the regular pool season. Nahas Aquatic Center will remain open until Tuesday, August 25, then will close and re-open for the weekend of August 29-30 and Labor Day weekend September 5-7.Pool Information 
08/23/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
08/23/2015 03:00 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.
Fee: $4.00/dog – regular admission fees apply for dog
owners and family members.
 Ashworth, Birdland, Northwest, and Teachout
08/24/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
08/25/2015 10:00 AMMonarch Tagging - SargentCome out to the park and learn about Monarch butterflies and how their migration takes them between the 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.  Sargent Park, 3530 East Douglas Avenue
08/25/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
08/26/2015 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.Yoga SeriesThe Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
08/27/2015 10:00 AMMonarch Tagging - FranklinCome out to the park and learn about Monarch butterflies and how their migration takes them between the 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.  Franklin Community Gardens, 55th & Franklin Street
08/28/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
08/29/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/29/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
08/29/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
08/30/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
09/03/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics ILearn the basics of canoeing while enjoying beautiful Gray's Lake. Instruction centers on basic paddle strokes and safety, and will help the novice canoeist feel at ease on the water. Equipment is provided. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
09/04/2015 01:00 PMFishing with RalphJoin our community volunteer fishing expert Ralph for free fishing lessons. Locations vary by date. Transportation will be provided from Evelyn K. Davis Park. Evelyn K. Davis Park - 1400 Forest Avenue
09/05/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/05/2015 01:00 PMNorthwest Aquatic Center OpenNorthwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Pool InformationNorthwest Aquatic Center - 4915 Madison Avenue
09/07/2015 04:30 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.
Fee: $4.00/dog – regular admission fees apply for dog
owners and family members.
 Nahas Aquatic Center
09/10/2015 05:30 PMStand-Up PaddleboardJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for an evening paddle on Gray's Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how it functions and the wildlife that live there. Starting at 5:30 we will paddle in search for wildlife that live in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There will be two different session to choose from, July 7th and September 10th. Registration for this event is limited to 10 spaces and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $5 and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. If you have your own board and gear feel free to join us.  Gray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
09/10/2015 06:00 PMCanoeing Basics IIA "Canoeing Basics I" class is required to take this class. This class briefly revisits the fundamentals of canoeing basics, and then adds more paddling stokes and in-water rescue techniques. Equipment is provided. Dress in swimsuits, shorts, or other suitable clothing for getting wet. Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. Pre-registration is required at least 72 hours in advance. Register HereGray's Lake Park
09/12/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
09/12/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors!
 Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
09/12/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
09/12/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/19/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
09/26/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
09/26/2015 09:00 AMYoga in the ParkDes 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 Gray's Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 6 through September 26.

Local volunteer instructors lead each session, which means you’ll have a different yoga experience each week! 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.
Yoga SeriesGray's Lake Park
10/10/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
10/10/2015 09:00 AMUPCYCLEOn the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors! Greenwood Park - meet in West parking lot
10/31/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
11/28/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
12/26/2015 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
01/30/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
02/27/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
03/26/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
04/30/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
05/28/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
06/25/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
07/30/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
08/27/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
09/24/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
10/29/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
11/26/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
12/31/2016 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
01/28/2017 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
02/25/2017 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
03/25/2017 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
04/29/2017 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive
05/27/2017 08:00 AMRiver Canoeing OutingA "Canoeing Basics I" class is recommended to take this Outing. Some instruction occurs on the river, but the outing is intended to be leisurely and apply previously learned paddling skills. Depending upon water levels, this river trip will be on a local moving flat water river or creek (TBA). Equipment is provided. Dress to get wet (a change of dry clothes is optional). Minimum age is 10. A participant who is 10-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age for his/her canoeing partner. All river trips meet at Gray's Lake at 8:00am the day of the event, and may be cancelled or rescheduled by the instructor via phone/email notification (approx. 24-48 hours prior) due to water levels, weather conditions, etc. Pre-Registration required at least 72 hours in advance.Register HereGray's Lake Park, 2100 Fleur Drive