We are pleased to announce that funding for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has been secured. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.
The Jester Park Nature Center reopened to the public with limited hours, modified accommodations, and restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
We are excited to announce our management and the grand opening of the Lauridsen Skatepark on May 22, 2021. The 88,000 square feet attraction will showcase Olympic caliber park and street courses.
Join a naturalist on a lovely spring day for a walk in the woods. We’ll take a leisurely stroll through the park and identify and discuss some of Iowa’s native woodland wildflowers.
Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Crystal Berkens or Brandy Case Haub, certified forest guides. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.
Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.
Polk County Conservation will be holding a public meeting with updates on the progress of the Fourmile Creek Greenway. During this virtual meeting we will talk about various topics such as road removals, natural resource restoration, and planned recreational amenities.
Come learn how mindful observation of nature’s order can deepen our understanding of the self. We will learn to utilize nature journaling to connect with ourselves to build awareness of our life story thru natural metaphors in the wild. Kenlyn Gordan will be leading the group.
Dew Tour announces new location in Des Monies, home of the nation's largest skatepark, and will serve as the only U.S. based global Olympic skateboard qualifying event in 2021!
Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature with a glass of wine before we light up the night with fire. We’ll share some tips and tricks of fire building, so you can show off your new skill as a pro firestarter at your next camp, cookout, or bonfire.
Prescribed burn season has arrived! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows beginning the week of March 22 – May 7.
Learn about our own life story through natural metaphors in the wild. Explore the art of metaphor to assist in truly seeing oneself clearly. Nature displays this so readily if we only observe it. What’s your nature metaphor? Come and discover it in this Rooted in Nature program.