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Ice Fishing Basics

Jan 25, 1:00 pm
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 the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided.

Book Worms

Jan 30, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose.

Grandview Little League Baseball & Softball Registrations

Feb 1, 9:00 am
Location:
4381 NE 38th Street
Event For:
3 to 16 years old
Audience Location:
4381 NE 38th Street
Cost:
varies
Organization:
Grandview Little League
Contact:
Tori Perersen
Email:
victoriapetersen_85@msn.com
Phone:
(515) 554-5125
Sign-ups for the 2020 season will be at the Grandview LL Sports Complex, located at 4381 NE 38th Street, from 9:00 am to 4:00 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.) Boys League available for ages 3-16 (age as of Aug 31st, 2020) Girls League available for ages 3-16 (age as of Dec 31st, 2019)

Caucus for Cookies

Feb 1, 1:00 pm
Location:
Living History Farms
Event For:
8-13 years
Audience Location:
Open to the public
Cost:
$4.75 - $7.25
Organization:
Living History Farms
Contact:
Amy Day
Email:
amyday@lhf.org
Phone:
(515) 278-5286
Participate in a mock caucus and learn about Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status as you sample yummy cookies! Families will partake in the caucus experience by campaigning & voting for their favorite sweet treats. Arrive by 1:45pm to participate in the entire caucus process, led by Mayor Bob Andeweg.

Learn To Skate group program (LTS) Home school

Feb 4, 12:00 pm
Location:
Metro Ice sport Facility: 5100 NW 72ndSt, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For:
any ages from 3 and up
Audience Location:
Metro ice Sport Facility: 5100 NW 72 nd St, Urbandale IA 50322
Cost:
Each skater - $100/classes* (6 weeks), additional skater in family: $95
Organization:
Iowa Figure Skating Academy
Contact:
Elena Tobiash
Email:
iowafigureskating@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 490-5148
The Iowa Figure Skating Academy is proud to offer a new Learn to Skate Home school program for all students (Pre-school, home school).Classes offer your skater the opportunity to work on developing skills for ice sports from figure skating to ice hockey as well as recreational skating.

Toddler Tales

Feb 6, 10:00 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, 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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Ice Fishing Basics

Feb 8, 1:00 pm
Location:
Thomas Mitchell Park, pond
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

Kayak 101

Feb 8, 6:00 pm
Location:
Urbandale Pool
Event For:
Public
Cost:
$25
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
We’ll shake off the winter blues with plenty of paddling time in the pool. A short discussion about equipment and technique will take place before hitting the water. Locker rooms are available for changing into clothes that can get wet.

Drake Athletics National Girls and Women in Sport Day Youth Clinic

Feb 9, 12:00 pm
Location:
Knapp Center
Event For:
8th grade and under
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Drake University Athletics
Contact:
Aimee Lane
Email:
spike@drake.edu
Phone:
(515) 271-4003
Free youth clinic for kids age 8th grade and under in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Learn about different sports from Drake University student-athletes. Each registrant receives a free t-shirt and four complimentary tickets to the women's basketball game following the clinic.

Critter Club

Feb 9, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, come anytime between 1-2:30 pm.

Best Puppet Show Ever

Feb 11, 10:00 am
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Join us for an exciting and energetic puppet show. Participants will be laughing, singing, and learning about nature as we entertain them with a scripted show starring a cast of animated puppets and props. All ages welcome.

Mindfulness & Movement Class

Feb 11, 6:30 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public, ages 12+
Cost:
$15
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in focused ways can bring back a connection with the natural world. This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body and the earth, regardless of experience with yoga. Beverage and snack served following the program.

Owl You Need is Love

Feb 15, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Join us to celebrate Iowa’s true winter romantics…the owls! By Valentine’s Day owls are often sitting on a nest of eggs. Learn why owls court in winter, which owls call Iowa home, make an owl craft, and head outside to see if we can find other winter birds. Ages 5 and up.

Animal Guides Meditation

Feb 20, 6:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public, ages 14+
Cost:
$15
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Join Kara Simons for a guided meditation and discussion honoring our energetic and physical connections with animals as teachers and guides. Reframe your perception and explore the rich symbolism of animal characteristics and attributes, from birds to mammals to reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Snowshoeing and Shinrin Yoku

Feb 21, 1:00 pm
Location:
Jester Park Nature Center
Event For:
Public, ages 14+
Cost:
$30
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
Patrice Petersen-Keys
Email:
patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 323-5359
Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine Physician and author of “The Outdoor Adventure’s Guide to Forest Bathing” will be leading this interactive class. If there is no snow, we will go on a winter woodland hike followed by Forest Bathing/Shinrin Yoku.

Junior Menace

Feb 24, 5:30 pm
Location:
Wellmark YMCA, Ignit Sports and Fitness, MVP Sports Center
Event For:
3-9 year olds
Cost:
$50/3-4 year olds, $100/5-9 year olds
Organization:
Junior Menace
Contact:
Sydney Tatam
Email:
sydney.tatam@menacesoccer.com
Phone:
(515) 457-6367
Junior Menace is a soccer program for BOYS and GIRLS, ages 3 to 9. It is designed for all ability levels and we definitely encourage beginners! This is a great program to learn basic soccer skills if your child has never played before. (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.)

DM Parks & Rec Fall/Winter Program Guide

Feb 28 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines
Event For:
All Ages
Organization:
Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Contact:
Jennifer Fletcher
Email:
jmfletcher@dmgov.org
Phone:
(515) 237-1386
The new Fall/Winter Program guide is here! Check out all that we have to offer straight through until spring. This includes: • Athletics • Cemeteries • Community Recreation Centers • Nature Programs • Special Events • Volunteers (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.)

Courage League Sports

Feb 29 (all day)
Location:
Franklin Junior High
Event For:
14 and older
Organization:
Courage League Sports
Contact:
Kelsey Schroder
Email:
kelsey@courageleaguesports.com
Phone:
(515) 421-4021
Are you interested in being a volunteer? Whether you want to be a teammate, coach or just serve as support staff, we have fun and meaningful opportunities for you! CLS offers sports and activities for kids living with a disability.

Camp Fire Winter Programs!

Mar 3 (all day)
Location:
Drop off location: 5615 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50310
Event For:
Grades K-12
Cost:
$37/day for School Day Off programs (other prices vary)
Organization:
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa
Contact:
Arika Graybill
Email:
campfire@campfireiowa.org
Phone:
(515) 274-1501
Join us for "Out of School" Days this fall! Drop your child off at one of our convenient drop locations and let them experience a day of excitement and learning at Camp Hantesa! Under the supervision of our trained staff, campers make new friends and interact with old ones through engaging programs!

Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition Through Science Visit Day

Mar 13, 9:00 am
Location:
ISU Campus
Event For:
9-12 grade
Audience Location:
open to all
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Contact:
Erica Beirman
Email:
ebeirman@iastate.edu
Phone:
(515) 294-4361
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at Iowa State University is pleased to invite your students and their families to the upcoming Find Your Future in Food and Nutrition Through Science Visit Day on March 13. (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.)

Spring Break Camp

Mar 16, 9:00 am
Location:
Living History Farms
Event For:
2nd-5th grade
Audience Location:
Open to the public
Cost:
varies depending on length of camp
Organization:
Living History Farms
Contact:
Amy Day
Email:
amyday@lhf.org
Phone:
(515) 278-5286
Enjoy a special Spring Break right in your own backyard! Sign your child up for a 1-day or 5-day camp full of hands-on, interactive activities, or sign the whole family up for a 1-day experience at the 1900 Farm.

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps – Spring Crew

Mar 24 (all day)
Location:
Polk County, Iowa
Event For:
15-18
Audience Location:
All High School, especially Hoover
Organization:
Polk County Conservation
Contact:
JANNA COULTER
Email:
Janna.Coulter@polkcountyiowa.gov
Phone:
(515) 242-2566
Work outside in parks this spring or summer. We provide transportation, equipment, tools, and training for teenagers who want to make a difference in the outdoors. Polk County Conservation Youth Corps aims to engage and inspire youth through hands-on environmental stewardship & outdoor recreation.

Skate with us ( figure skating, hockey, group lessons)

Mar 27 (all day)
Location:
Metro Ice Sport Facility 5100 NW 72nd Street, Urbandale, IA 50322
Event For:
All ages
Audience Location:
Metro Ice Sport Facility
Cost:
$100-6 weeks, or $20 each time
Organization:
Iowa Figure Skating Academy
Contact:
Elena Tobiash
Email:
iowafigureskating@gmail.com
Phone:
(515) 490-5148
Skate with US classes offer your skater the opportunity to work on developing skills for ice sports from figure skating to ice hockey as well as recreational skating. Our classes include a 30 minute group skill lesson and 15 minutes of practice time. There are classes available for all ages

Courage League Sports Winter Programming

Mar 31 (all day)
Location:
Various community buildings
Event For:
All Students
Cost:
$45 for 4 week session
Organization:
Courage League Sports
Contact:
Porshia Perkins
Email:
porshia@courageleaguesports.com
Phone:
(515) 421-4021
CLS offers adapted sports and recreational opportunities for kids living with a special need. All classes are adapted for each participant and their ability.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Apr 1 (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
Lifeguard certification course to prepare students for employment at a pool. Classes 5 New Certification classes and 4 Review classes January-March 2020.

Build My Future

Apr 15, 8:00 am
Location:
Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industry Building
Event For:
13-18
Audience Location:
All schools welcome
Cost:
FREE
Organization:
Iowa Skilled Trades
Contact:
Brandon Patterson
Email:
brandon@dsmhba.com
Phone:
(515) 270-8500
Build My Future is an immersive hands on event that allows participants to see multiple career paths available in Iowa. Participants will be able to get their hands on many careers in urgent need of a skilled workforce. Find more information at www.iowaskilledtrades.com .

West Des Moines Soccer Club Spring Registration

Apr 18 (all day)
Location:
Raccoon River Soccer Complex and Hidden Valley Soccer Complex
Event For:
Ages 3 to 19
Audience Location:
Central Iowa and surrounding communities
Organization:
West Des Moines Soccer Club
Contact:
Carl Soto
Email:
Director.Operations@wdmsc.org
Phone:
(515) 257-6860
The 2020 Spring soccer season starts in April and registration for West Des Moines Soccer Club Academy and Recreational is now OPEN! Get signed up soon to avoid the wait list. (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.)

OneRun for DMPS 2020

Apr 25, 8:00 am
Location:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Event For:
0-99
Audience Location:
All Elementary and Middle Schools
Cost:
Free to Register, All Donations Welcome
Organization:
DMPS Foundation
Contact:
Kristyn Arnold
Email:
karnold@anawimhousing.org
Phone:
(515) 564-6556
OneRun is a district-wide DMPS fundraiser. Donations will be given to the DMPS Foundation. After the event, the participants will be tallied by the school designated in their registration. The funds will be disbursed to each participating school according to their percentage of participants on 4/25.

Des Moines Art Center Spring Classes

Apr 30 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines IA 50312
Event For:
Ages 5 - 16 and families
Cost:
Varies by program, see website or call for details
Organization:
Des Moines Art Center
Contact:
Studio Education
Email:
StudioClasses@desmoinesartcenter.org
Phone:
(515) 271-0316
Enroll the entire family in spring classes at the Art Center this year! Gain skills, meet friends, and explore art making in our studio programs, family events and free museum. Check out our #entirelyunexpected course offerings. (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 Winter & Spring Classes & Camps

May 16 (all day)
Location:
Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Event For:
Preschool, elementary, and middle school students
Cost:
Variable
Organization:
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Contact:
Robin Heldt Spahr
Email:
rspahr@dmplayhouse.com
Phone:
(515) 974-5365
The Des Moines Community Playhouse offers weekly classes and camps during breaks during the winter and spring months.

Court Appointed Special Advocate

May 29 (all day)
Location:
Polk County
Event For:
18+
Organization:
Iowa Child Advocacy Board-CASA
Contact:
Carrie Phelps
Email:
carrie.phelps@dia.iowa.gov
Phone:
(866) 469-2522
CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of abused or neglected children under the court's jurisdiction.

Blank Park Zoo School Programming

May 29 (all day)
Location:
Your classroom
Event For:
K-12 Programming
Cost:
$55 per classroom visit
Organization:
Blank Park Zoo
Contact:
Amy Kopatich
Email:
amkopatich@blankparkzoo.net
Phone:
(515) 974-2558
Information on bringing live animals to your classroom, taking a field trip to the zoo, or adding our programming into your after school program.

Camp Kesem of University of Iowa

Jun 13 (all day)
Location:
Boone, IA
Event For:
6-18
Audience Location:
Any location
Cost:
Free
Organization:
Camp Kesem at the University of Iowa
Contact:
Cole Moore
Email:
iowa.outreach@campkesem.org
Phone:
(712) 790-8712
Camp Kesem is a free week long camp children who have been affected by a parent's cancer. This is a week to have fun and make memories and friends that will be with you the rest of your life. (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.)

Living History Farms Summer Day Camp

Aug 14 (all day)
Location:
Living History Farms
Event For:
K-8th Grade
Audience Location:
Open to the public
Organization:
Living History Farms
Contact:
Amy Day
Email:
amyday@lhf.org
Phone:
(515) 278-5286
Located on 500 acres of rolling prairie filled with bubbling streams and nature paths begging to be explored, Living History Farms’ outdoor day camp setting provides a fun and unique way for children to experience day-to-day farm and town life as it was in the past.