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

Monarch Tagging

As part of Monarch education and conservation, tagging events will be held at various parks this fall.  Learn about Monarch Butterflies and their incredible migration, then help tag some butterflies. Monarchs butterflies will be captured, tagged witha special identification sticker and released to continue on their journey.  Everyone is invited to join in and help. Nets and supplies will be provided. No fees or registration.

For more information about the event email jmvanroekel@dmgov.org or phone (545) 248-6369.

September 6      Where: Union Park
                          Time: 10:30 – Noon

September 12    Where: Franklin  Gardens
                           Time: 10:30 – Noon

September 14    Where: Gray's Lake Terrace
                           Time: Noon - 1:00pm

September 15    Where: Greenwood Park, 
                                       Sylvan Theater
                           Time: 10:30 - Noon

September 16    Where: Blank Park Zoo
                           Time: Noon - 4:00pm

September 22    Where: Water Works Park
                           Time: 10:30- 11:30am

September 22    Where: Pappajohn
                                       Sculpture Garden
                          Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

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.