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 another 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, creek walks, nature free play, and nature scavenger hunts.
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 local naturalists each month for nature activities at the zoo or excursions to local 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.
2017-2018 Nature Club Activities
|Sat., Sept. 9, 2017||1:00 pm||Chichaqua Bottoms||Monarch Tagging||All Ages|
|Sat., Oct. 14, 2017||1:00 pm||Gray's Lake||Prairie Seed Harvesting||All Ages|
|Sat., Nov. 11, 2017||1:00 pm||Blank Park Zoo||Nature Play||All Ages|
|Sat., Dec. 2, 2017||1:00 pm||Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3||Winter Hike||All Ages|
|Sat., Jan. 13, 2018||1:00 pm||Greenwood Park||Owl Prowl||All Ages|
|Sat., Feb. 10, 2018||1:00 pm||Fellowship Baptist Church||Bald Eagle Day||All Ages|
|Thurs, Mar. 15, 2018||7:30 pm||Jester Park, Camp Area #5||Night Hike||All Ages|
|Sat., Apr. 21, 2018||1:30 pm||Brown's Woods||Wildflower Hike||All Ages|
|Sat., May 12, 2018||1:00 pm||Blank Park Zoo||Nature Scavenger Hunt||All Ages|
|Sat., June 2, 2018||1:30 pm||Greewood Park||Fishing||All Ages|
|Sat., July 14 2018||1:00 pm||Jester Park, Shelter #6||Nature Playscape||All Ages|
|Sat., Aug. 4, 2018||1:00 pm||Thomas Mitchell Park, Shelter #1||Creek Walk||5 yrs+|
|Sat., Sept 8, 2018||1:00 pm||Blank Park Zoo||Plant. Grow. Fly.||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.