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.
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This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's Lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners and for people with some experience. Wednesdays March - May, 11-11:45 am. Meet at the Gray's Lake Terrace area SW corner of the park.
For additional information, contact Joel at Des Moines Parks and Recreation 515 248 6369 or www.parksEE@dmgov.org.
You can find all activities at www.dmparks.org
You can find future education events and activities by looking at our Calendar of Events.