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.
Links of Interest
Central Iowa SWAN SOREE 2018 Schedule
Friday Jan. 26th at the Blank Park Zoo & Saturday Jan. 27th at Walnut Woods State Park / Dale Maffitt Reservoir
Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy the setting on a Full Snow Moon winter evening. Snowshoeing is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe. These programs will meet at the enclosed shelters so you can warm up if needed. We will be starting at 5:30pm so dress for the weather. Registration is $5 and includes snowshoe rental and hot chocolate. All ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 years old will need to have a guardian present.
Two Different Hikes to choose from!
January 31st. Wednesday 5:30 pm, Grandiew Park Enclosed Shelter. Register HERE
March 2nd. Friday 5:30 pm, Greenwood Park Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter. Register HERE
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 or for more information contact Joel at (515) 681 2027 or dmparksEE@dmgov.org
You can find future education events and activities by looking at our Calendar of Events.