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 Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.
On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11:30 am, we offer a Nature Tots program for 3-5 year olds, introducing them to outdoor exploration and focusing on a seasonal topic. Winter also brings 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 girl scouts. To schedule a boy scout badge program, call 515-994-3400 or email Nancy_corona@fws.gov. Girl Scout badge programs may register through the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa website. The spring and fall schedules fill on a first-come, first served basis, so please register early!
Annual special events include Earth Day, Monarch Madness, Bison 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 events and interpretive programs on the Events Calendar for more information, including how to register. You may also access a printable list of our 2016 Special Events.
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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.