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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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 email@example.com 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,
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
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.