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

Priarie Seed Pick

You have two opportunities to join in a Prairie Seed Pick. First chance will be on October 6 at Gray’s Lake start time 10:00am, meet at the Northe West Parking Lot area and the following Prairie Pick will be on October 21, 1:00 pm in Ewing Park meet at the barn.  The program is free and open to all ages but come prepared to walk in tall grass. For more information contact Joel at (515) 248 6369 or www.parksEE@dmgov.org.

What:  Prairie Pick
When: Oct. 6, 10:00 am Gray’s Lake North West Parking Lot or Oct. 17, 1:00 pm Ewing Park Barn
Why:  Harvest prairie seeds
Who:  All ages are welcome. Children under 12 need to be with adults
Free:  Free event
Special Information:  Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk in tall grass

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.