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No Snow, No Problem
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No Snow, No Problem

Slide down a 600-foot-long hill tubing starting this spring at Sleepy Hollow.

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2/20/2024

A Day at Carney Marsh
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A Day at Carney Marsh

Listening to the sounds of nature one might hear while enjoying the beauty of Carney Marsh.

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9/27/2023

2023 Prescribed Burning Season
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2023 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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3/27/2023

Story Tellebration
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Story Tellebration

Join volunteer storyteller, Carmen Epstein, for a fun, interactive tale tailored toward children ages 2 to 6 that explores the wonders of the outdoors. During each program, participants enjoy interactive stories and an activity.

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2/21/2024

Pony Tales
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Pony Tales

Enjoy listening to a pony-themed story while the ponies of the Equestrian Center are listening nearby. A pony meet and greet will follow!

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2/22/2024

Homeschool Programs
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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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2/23/2024

What is a Wetland?
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What is a Wetland?

A wetland is an area of land that is continuously or periodically wet during the year. Also called swamps, marshes, bogs, or prairie potholes, Iowa was once dotted with thousands of wetlands.

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1/29/2024

Homeschool Programs
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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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2/23/2024

Timber Stand Improvement
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Timber Stand Improvement

Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) is a form of restoration work that occurs in degraded woodlands with the goal of improving the quality of native tree and plant species. Often this involves reducing the quantity of trees, especially non-native varieties.

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1/22/2024

Invasive Species Removal: Brown's Woods
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Invasive Species Removal: Brown's Woods

Help restore Iowa’s Woodland habitat by removing harmful invasive species invaders with the Stewards of Brown’s Wood volunteer group!

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2/24/2024

Thrills, Chills, And Gills
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Thrills, Chills, And Gills

Ice fishing is a great way to take advantage of the cooler months and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Polk County has resources for you to have a safe and satisfying experience.

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12/19/2023

Winter Hike at Jester Park
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Winter Hike at Jester Park

Join a naturalist for peaceful hike on a winter’s day. We will learn what animals do to survive the harsh Iowa winters.

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2/24/2024