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

STAR Party

For over 2000 years, the Perseid meteor shower has been the most active meteor shower of the year. STAR Party is being held when the meteor activity will be visible, August 11 at the Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum.  The meteors will not be visible until later that night but there is a full slate of fun for the whole family leading up to the action in the sky. Kid Friendly fun starts at 6:00pm with crafts, experiments and activities. While the sun is setting we will have guest speakers to teach you about the night sky and the interesting things you can see there.  Starting about 9:00pm when it is dark enough, the movie Star Wars:  The Force Awakens will be shown on the outdoor movie screen. Overnight primitive camping available by reservation. For more information about the event email jmvanroekel@dmgov.org or phone (545) 248-6369. To make camping reservations register online at www.dmparks.org.

What:  Star Party with movie: StarWars: The Foce Awakens
When:  August 11, 6:00pm activities 9:00 pm Movie
Where:   Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum
Who: Everyone
Fee: Event is free
Primitive Camping:  Available by reservation only Fee $25

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.