Polk

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5 Points of Progress

Electric Vehicles Begin Replacing Polk County Fleet
Board of Supervisors News
Electric Vehicles Begin Replacing Polk County Fleet

Des Moines, IA- Polk County, Iowa has taken a significant step towards a sustainable and environmentally-friendly future with the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) to replace the existing county fleet.

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2/28/2024

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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3/1/2024

Senior Services News
The Senior Bulletin

Feb 2024 March 2024

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2/28/2024

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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3/1/2024

Election News
Des Moines City Council At Large Special Election

City of Des Moines Special Election - Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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2/28/2024

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground
Conservation Events
Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground

Join assistant naturalist Julie McNeely for a presentation about the mystery of caves. We’ll learn about how they form and what lives in them. We will also hear the story of Floyd Collins; an American cave explorer that became trapped in a cave in the winter of 1925.

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3/5/2024

Senior Services News
The Senior Sites Meal Menu

Feb 2024 March 2024

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2/27/2024

Mindfulness and Movement
Conservation Events
Mindfulness and Movement

Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in can bring back a connection with the natural world. This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body and the earth.

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3/5/2024

2024 Prescribed Burning Season
Conservation News
2024 Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn season is upon us! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows this week and extending through the spring season.

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2/27/2024

Toddler Tales
Conservation Events
Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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3/7/2024

Senior Services News
Polk County Senior Fest

2024 Polk County Senior Fest

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2/26/2024

Wild Night Life & Hike
Conservation Events
Wild Night Life & Hike

Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Stay for s’mores!

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3/8/2024