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Environmental Education
General Information

Urban Environmental Education

Reconnect with nature and your family!  Restore yourself and refocus your children by getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors.  Studies have shown that children are smarter, more cooperative, happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied chances to play in the out-of-doors. That’s only one reason why the Park and Recreation Department offers environmental educational programs for every age and every season.  
Environmental educational programs are based on hands on learning for people of all ages. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department offers popular programs such as nature story hours, intriguing pond exploration, creepy insect investigations, seasonal hikes, snowshoe stomps, informative bird programs and more.

Additional outdoor programs sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department also include canoe classes and trips, a camping night at Ewing Park during STAR Party, eco-art, nature-based scavenger hunts and a “how-to attract butterflies” by gardening with native plants.  Visit Parks throughout the year to see what’s coming up in your neighborhood that would interest you, your friends and your family.

Education Events

It is time to Stand Up and Paddle with the Naturalist!

Join the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education staff as they SUP around Gray's Lake in search of wildlife that calls the lake home. We will take a leisurely paddle and talk about the plants and animals that we find as well as the natural history of Gray's Lake. There are several dates to choose from and new paddlers are welcome. Registration includes the SUP gear - boards, paddles and life vests and instructions. Come prepared to get wet...it might happen

Registration for this event is limited and the fee is $10. Reserve your spot for one of these paddle events at www.dmparks.org or for more information contact Joel at (515) 681-2027

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June 29th         5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

July 20th          5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 8th        5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 24th      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

If you have questions contact Joel at parksEE@dmgov.org or 515-248-6369.

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