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:
Snowshoe Program

Take a hike through Grandview Park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy a look at the full moon.  This program will meet at the Grandview Park Enclosed Shelter at 5:30 pm so dress for the weather.  Registration is $5 and includes snowshoe rental and hot chocolate.  Register online. 

Painting Class

We will be paining inside but will explore the outside for inspiration.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be hosting a fun evening of nature-themed painting in the park. For this program we will work with a local artist and paint your own owl painting. Participants will learn about an owl, take a short hike outside in the park and then be guided step-by-step to create an owl painting of their own to take home. The cost is $25 per painter; space is limited and pre-registration is required.   Register online.


Registration for both events can be found here REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS

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.