Interpretive programs include monthly public programs, scout programs and special events. All interpretive programs are free of charge and open to the public. Any age may attend, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is recommended for all activities; you may register by calling 515-994-3400 or emailing Michelle.
Each month we offer an hour-long Nature Tots program for 3-5 year olds, introducing them to outdoor exploration and focusing on a seasonal topic; and a Family Fun program which includes a hike and fun activity for visitors of all ages. Winter brings twice-monthly guided snowshoe hikes. Our current season's public program guide lists upcoming activities. Groups may also schedule a Ranger-led tour or program in advance.
Rangers lead weekend boy and girl scout programs upon request for certain badges. See our list of offerings for cub and boy scouts, and for brownies and girl scouts. To schedule a scout badge program, call or email Megan at515-994-3400. The spring and fall schedules fill up on a first-come, first served basis, so please call early.
Annual special events include the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Linking Girls to the Land, Earth Day, International Migratory Bird Day, Annual Butterfly Count, Monarch Madness, Buffalo Day/National Public Lands Day, Ding Darling Day, and the Christmas Bird Count. Many special events include a volunteer project and are especially popular with scout groups. See this year's special events schedule for more information, including how to register.
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A grassland specialist, this medium-sized owl can often be seen in winter and is easily identified by its characteristic floppy flight. Photo by Jason Murphy.