If you and your family are looking for opportunities to get outside, explore, and discover all of nature’s many wonders, check out our Family Nature Club! The zoo, in collaboration with Polk County Conservation and Des Moines Parks and Recreation, is excited for a second year of Family Nature Club activities that encourage families to immerse in the outdoors and learn about nature. Monthly events include activities such as hikes, water play, nature art, and prairie exploration.
Family Nature Club is dedicated to re-connecting families with the outdoors. Research shows that children’s lives are greatly enhanced when provided many diverse opportunities to play outside in nature. These kids are happier, healthier, more self-confident and creative. In addition, Nature Club encourages families to spend quality time together and helps strengthen family bonds.
Families are invited to join zoo staff and Polk County naturalists each month for nature activities at the zoo or excursions to local Polk County parks. Click on the activities below to learn more or register to attend an event. Monthly Nature Club adventures will be approximately 1.5 hrs in length.
**All excursions located off-site from the zoo are free of charge. Activities located at the zoo are free with the purchase of Admissions.
2016-2017 Nature Club Activities
|Sat., Oct. 8||10:00 am||Brown's Woods||Fall Hike||All Ages|
|Sat., Nov. 12||1:00 pm||Ewing Park||Seed Harvesting||All Ages|
|Sat., Dec. 3||1:00 pm||Blank Park Zoo||Nature Art||All Ages|
|Sat., Jan. 14||1:00 pm||Fort Des Moines Park||Snow Shoe Hike||6 yrs+|
|Sat., Feb. 11||1:00 pm||SE 6th Bridge||Bald Eagle Day||All Ages|
|Sat., Mar. 11||6:30 pm||Jester Park, Camp Area #5||Night Hike||All Ages|
|Sat., Apr. 8||1:00 pm||Jester Park, Shelter #6||Bird Watching||All Ages|
|Sat., May 13||1:00 pm||Zoo||Plant.Grow.Fly.||All Ages|
|Sat., June 3||1:00 pm||Greenwood Park||Fishing||All Ages|
|Sat., July 8||1:00 pm||Thomas Mitchell Park||Creek Walk||5 yrs+|
|Sat., Aug. 12||10:00 am||Jester Park, Shelter #6||Nature Playscape||All Ages|
|Sat., Sept. 9||1:00 pm||Chichaqua Bottoms||Monarch Tagging||All Ages|
**dates, times, and activities are subject to change depending on weather conditions
**Activities will be on foot. Stroller accessibility may be limited.
Blank Park Zoo would like to thank the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for helping to support our Family Nature Club.