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Gray's Lake Park Activities & Events
Butterfly Garden Plant. Grow. Fly

Youth, Adult

 

Start Date and Time: 05/27/2017 10:00 AM

End Date and Time: 05/27/2017 12:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

On Saturday, May 27th from 10 am to Noon, Parks and Recreation will host a Plant.Grow.Fly event at the Gray’s Lake southeast parking lot. Sign up to be part of the program and not only will you help create the new Butterfly Garden at Gray’s Lake but you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators need so they can survive and why they are so important to people. Second, participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design to help support pollinators and they will take it home with them. The last part of the program will actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new butterfly garden. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out Monarchs and pollinators.

Registration for this event is limited and the fee is $10 per take home planter created.

 

For more information contact Joel at (515)-248-6369 or dmparksEE@dmgov.org

 

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Free Fishing Friday

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/02/2017 05:00 PM

End Date and Time: 06/02/2017 08:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Enjoy a night of free fishing at Gray's Lake Park from 5-8 p.m. Stop by and try out your fishing skills. If you are interested in giving fishing a try for the first time, don’t worry, we will be there to help you. Bait and supplies will be on hand to use at no cost and it is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, so a fishing license is not required. No registration required to participate.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 


 


Carp Fest

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/03/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/03/2017 11:30 AM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Saturday morning June 3rd at Gray’s Lake, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Des Moines Izaak Walton League and Iowa DNR to bring you Carp Fest.

Registration for this free carp fishing tournament begins at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 to 11:30 am. There will be a prize for the longest carp caught in both adult and a children’s category. Bait will be provided as well as fishing gear and instructions for anyone new to carp fishing.  

June 2, 3 & 4 are free fishing days in Iowa, so no fishing license is required for this event. Carp caught may be kept by the fisherman or donated onsite to the wildlife rehabilitation organization S.O.A.R.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 


 


Yoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/03/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/03/2017 10:00 AM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Betty Garcia.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)

 

Barb Baker
blbaker@dmgov.org

 

More Information


 


Train the Trainer - Stand Up Paddleboard Part 1

Youth, Adult

 

Start Date and Time: 06/10/2017 08:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/10/2017 04:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Train the Trainer in Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake June 10-11th. This class will be for those who will be leading groups and who need a basic understanding of SUP basics for teaching. Much of the same risk and group management that are included with canoe/kayak classes will also be taught here. If you are only wanting to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding, sign up for one of our Introduction to SUP classes. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 

More Information & Registration


 


Yoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/10/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/10/2017 10:00 AM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Lynn Marie Nelson.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)

 

Barb Baker
blbaker@dmgov.org

 

More Information


 


Train the Trainer - Stand Up Paddleboard Part 2

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/11/2017 08:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/11/2017 04:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Train the Trainer in Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake June 10-11th. This class will be for those who will be leading groups and who need a basic understanding of SUP basics for teaching. Much of the same risk and group management that are included with canoe/kayak classes will also be taught here. If you are only wanting to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding, sign up for one of our Introduction to SUP classes. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 

More Information & Registration


 


Upcycle Stewards

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/15/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 06/15/2017 07:30 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Remove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.

 

Contact parksvolunteer@dmgov.org for more information.

 


 


Yoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/17/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/17/2017 10:00 AM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Stephanie Clemons.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)

 

Barb Baker
blbaker@dmgov.org

 

More Information


 


Yoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/24/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 06/24/2017 10:00 AM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Penny Luthens.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)

 

Barb Baker
blbaker@dmgov.org

 

More Information


 


Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/25/2017 12:00 PM

End Date and Time: 06/25/2017 04:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake on June 25th in the afternoon. This course is designed to introduce and expose the participants to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding in a flat water setting.

Topics that will be covered in the course include launching, board control, different paddling strokes, rescue and more. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 

More Information & Registration


 


Scheels Demo Day - Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/25/2017 12:00 PM

End Date and Time: 06/25/2017 04:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Want to try a stand up paddle board or kayak? On Sunday, June 25 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., SCHEELS will be presenting a FREE Demo Day at Gray’s Lake Park. This event is open to the public and will allow anyone ages 6-60+ to try a paddle board or kayak. Participants must sign a waiver and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Food will be provided for participants. No pre-registration is required.

 

 


 


Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 06/29/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 06/29/2017 07:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Peninsula

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome and registration is online at www.dmparks.org. If you have your own board and gear feel free to join us.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other optional dates:
July 20th, 5:30 pm
August 8th, 5:30 pm
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8

 

Joel M. Van Roekel 515 248 6369

 

Register Here


 


Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboard

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 07/15/2017 09:00 AM

End Date and Time: 07/15/2017 01:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Des Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Iowa DNR are offering a Stand Up Paddleboard basic skills course at Grays Lake on July 15th. This course is designed to introduce and expose the participants to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding in a flat water setting.

Topics that will be covered in the course include launching, board control, different paddling strokes, rescue and more. Registration is $25 and includes all the equipment and instructions.

 

Contact parksEE@dmgov.org for more information.

 

More Information & Registration


 


Upcycle Stewards

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 07/20/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 07/20/2017 07:30 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Remove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.

 

Contact parksvolunteer@dmgov.org for more information.

 


 


Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 07/20/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 07/20/2017 07:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Peninsula

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other Optional Dates:
August 8th, 5:30 pm
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8

 

Joel Van Roekel 515 248-6369

 

Register Here


 


Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 08/08/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 08/08/2017 07:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Peninsula

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist
Other Optional Date:
August 24th, 5:30 pm
Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8

 

Joel Van Roekel 515 248-6369

 

Register Here


 


Upcycle Stewards

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 08/17/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 08/17/2017 07:30 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

Remove invasive species from Gray's Lake Park and feed the animals at Blank Park Zoo. Participants must be over 14 years of age.

Interested volunteers should meet at the southeast corner of the park.

 

Contact parksvolunteer@dmgov.org for more information.

 


 


Stand Up Paddle with the Naturalist

Youth, Adult, Senior

 

Start Date and Time: 08/24/2017 05:30 PM

End Date and Time: 08/24/2017 07:00 PM

 

Location: Gray's Lake Peninsula

Join the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8

 

Joel Van Roekel 515 248-6369

 

Register Here