Educational Opportunities

Fall Equinox Hike

Sep 23, 6:00 pm
Location:
Fort Des Moines, Shelter #3
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come learn about the fall equinox as we enjoy a walk around the pond and through the woodland at historic Fort Des Moines Park. No registration required.

Sunset Yoga

Sep 24, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$15
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
The yoga class will be a one hour beginner’s class. The focus on creating a mind and body nature connection as the sunsets. Items to bring: Yoga mat and blocks, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, water bottle. In case of inclement weather, the class will be held in the Nature Center.

Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Sep 28, 5:00 am
Location:
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Shop
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$10
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Youth will be placed in groups of two with an experienced waterfowl hunter and conservation officer for a guided waterfowl hunt at Chichaqua. Participants must have completed a Hunter Safety Course before event. Ages 12-15.

Fishing Basics

Sep 28, 9:00 am
Location:
Jester Park, Shelter #5
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Learn about the kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and regulations. We will head over to Discovery Pond to go fishing. Bait and poles will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Fire Building Workshop

Sep 28, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Learn how to build a fire using various techniques, materials, and tools. Once we’ve made our own small fires, we will enjoy a larger fire on the patio, where we can roast marshmallows, share stories, and play a game or two. We encourage close parental supervision of young children.

From Trash to Treasure

Sep 29, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$5
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come out to Jester Park and learn how to turn your waste into creative, useful, and beautiful products. A naturalist will show you how that single use plastic item can be transformed into a beautiful flower pot, or how toilet paper and paper towel rolls can be made into a creative art piece.

Iowa State University College of Design Open House

Oct 4, 1:00 pm
Location:
715 Bissell Road, Ames, IA 50011
Event For:
High School Student
Audience Location:
715 Bissell Road, Ames, IA 50011
Organization:
College Of Design
Contact:
Jennifer Anderson
Email:
janders@iastate.edu
Phone:
(515) 294-7415
Learn why Iowa State’s College of Design is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Explore our programs, tour of facilities, and meet current students and faculty in your major. Event is free and open to the public. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Goldie’s Kids Club: Old School

Oct 5, 10:00 am
Location:
State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines
Event For:
Ages 8-12
Cost:
Free
Organization:
State Historical Museum of Iowa
Contact:
Jeff Morgan
Email:
jeff.morgan@iowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 281-5111
Have Iowa schools changed over the years? See for yourself by investigating artifacts that your parents or grandparents might have used when they were in school. Bonus: no homework! Recommended for children ages 8-12 who are accompanied by an adult. Free, but advance registration at iowaculture.gov (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Girls in Science: PJ Party (Grades 2-5)

Oct 5, 6:00 pm
Location:
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For:
Girls in grades 2-5
Cost:
$7/participant
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
Girls grade 2-5 are invited to a fun, late-night adventure at SCI! This evening event features hands-on activities, team challenges, a pizza party and the chance to meet local women from STEM fields. By the time they go home to bed, they'll be dreaming about how science can be a part of their future. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Jewels Academy 2019 Workshop Flyer

Oct 12 (all day)
Location:
Mickle Center(1620 PLEASANT STREET, SUITE 216 DES MOINES, IA 50314)
Event For:
4th-9th grade
Cost:
Math Camp: $45; Y.E.S: $50
Organization:
Jewels Academy
Contact:
Kimberly Wayne
Email:
executivedirector@jewelsacademy.org
Phone:
(515) 243-9159
Math Camp-​Solidify math foundation skills, improve opinion about math, and reduce fear about math. Y.E.S(Young Emerging Scientists)-STEM workshops are learned by doing where each session is design to complete a project and links to a STEM career. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

STEM Princess Ball

Oct 19 (all day)
Location:
710 NE 36th St., Ankeny, IA
Event For:
PK-3rd
Cost:
$35
Organization:
PEO
Contact:
Carrie Weber
Email:
clw827@gmail.com
Phone:
(612) 759-4595
Explore Building and Biology with your favorite princesses! Learn about your bones, why we get hiccups, how your heart pumps, and design buildings for earthquakes and floods.

Girls in Science: PJ Party (Grades 6-8)

Oct 19, 6:00 pm
Location:
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For:
Girls in grades 6-8
Cost:
$7/participant
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
6-8 grade girls are invited to a fun, late-night adventure at SCI! This evening event features hands-on activities, team challenges, a pizza party and the chance to meet local women from STEM fields. By the time they go home to bed, they'll be dreaming about how science can be a part of their future. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Spooky Science

Oct 26, 10:00 am
Location:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
$7/participant
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
Hair-raising experiments, bubbling potions and visual illusions abound during Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa! Grab your costume and join us on October 26 to trick-or-treat your way throughout the building and experience themed programming! Wear your costume and get $1 off admission! (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Street Survival Driving Course @ DMACC

Oct 27, 8:30 am
Location:
DMACC Parking Lot, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, Iowa
Event For:
Age 15-21
Audience Location:
High Schools
Cost:
$95.00
Organization:
BMW Car Club of America Foundation
Contact:
Kathleen Talbot
Email:
tkathy62@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 490-5833
Tire Rack Street Survival is a national program that teaches teens about car control during a full day driving their own car through exercises on a parking lot surface in a controlled environment. Demonstrations include semi truck visibility constraints.

Free STEM Festival @ DMACC

Oct 28, 6:00 pm
Location:
DMACC-Ankeny FFA Building (1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023)
Event For:
PreK-8
Cost:
Free
Organization:
DMACC-Ankeny/SC STEM Hub
Contact:
Amy Steenhoek
Email:
absteenhoek@dmacc.edu
Phone:
(515) 965-7117
From Arithmetic to the Zoology, we've got A-Z STEM covered! Your invited to the DMACC-Ankeny/SC Hub STEM Festival. Exhibits feature hands-on activities and demonstrations. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public. Pre-register to be guaranteed a draw-string bag; walk-ins welcome.

Teen Talk 2019: Be Bold. Be You.

Oct 31, 8:30 am
Location:
Grand View University 1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316
Event For:
Grades 6-12
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Primary Health Care
Contact:
Kelly Marble
Email:
kmarble@phcinc.net
Phone:
(515) 248-1843
Teen Talk is an annual, FREE youth health education conference for middle and high school-aged students presented by Primary Health Care. Attendees will enjoy with fun activities like yoga, informative workshops on topics like mental health, self-esteem and more! Lunch is provided. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Meals with Mentors

Nov 1, 6:00 pm
Location:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Event For:
Girls in grades 7-12
Cost:
Free but must complete application.
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
Girls in grades 7–12 can apply for this unique event where they will meet female undergraduates studying for a degree in a STEM field as well as working female scientists. The dinner will feature a keynote speaker as well as group challenges that allow the girls to interact with STEM professionals. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)

Des Moines Community Playhouse Classes & Camps

Nov 10 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Organization:
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact:
Robin Heldt Spahr
Email:
rspahr@dmplayhouse.com
Phone:
(515) 974-5365
The Playhouse education department encourages self-development through the dramatic arts, explores the skills of the theatre, fosters an appreciation of the theatre, and acquaints students with technical theatre knowledge.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Nov 15 (all day)
Location:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Event For:
High School
Cost:
$200.00
Organization:
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Contact:
Ann Peterson
Email:
ann.peterson@dmymca.org
Phone:
(515) 471-8509
The lifeguard course will allow participants to earn the required certification to work at Iowa pools. The course also includes CPR which meets the state graduation requirement.

$5 Family Night @ Science Center

Dec 13, 5:00 pm
Location:
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
Event For:
All ages
Cost:
$5.00/person
Organization:
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
Contact:
Hannah Little
Email:
hannah.little@sciowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-6868
The second Friday of each month from 5:00–8:00 pm, explore SCI with your family. Admission is just $5 per person! No need to grab dinner first... our Food Chain Cafe is open until 7:30 pm. (NOTE: This is not a Des Moines Public Schools activity. The district shares this information as a courtesy to create awareness of community opportunities available to our students and their families.)