The Black Hawk and Tama SWCDs will host a free soil health event featuring Ohio farmer Dave Brandt. Brandt, a global leader in conservation, has over 50 years of experience in cover crops, no-till, and specialty crops. Additional speakers include: Jack Boyer, Tama Co. farmer, Todd Western, Black Hawk Farmer. Speakers will discuss their journey adapting soil health practices to fit their farming operation. ... Read more
Join Iowa Interfaith Power & Light on Thursday, June 29th from 7:00-8:30 PM for a virtual People’s Hearing on the Farm Bill! We are amplifying the voices of farmers, people of faith and conscience, and all Iowans by taking action on the 2023 Farm Bill. The hearing will consist of several panelists from various environmental, rural, and agricultural organizations around the state. The main highlights of Iowa IPL’s ... Read more
Join IRR and our Service Squad partners for the 21st annual River Run Garbage Grab (R2G2) featuring a river cleanup at our Fourmile location. Volunteers from IRR, ICON Water Trails, Athene, Trout Unlimited, Polk County, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Des Moines Parks & Rec, Polk County Conservation, to help in doing a walking & wading cleanup at Fourmile Community Center ... Read more
Polk County Conservation is working to provide a safe and affirming space in the Des Moines metro for the LGBTQ+ families (includes guardians or youth.) Each month we’ll focus on a different nature topic as we explore the outdoors together. This month we will go fishing. All equipment and bait is provided. Participants 16 and older need a fishing license. Program is co-sponsored by Central ... Read more
Celebrate living in the Walnut Creek Watershed! In partnership with the City of Clive's Food Truck Friday, cities within the Walnut Creek Watershed, along with partners in conservation, will have informational booths and interactive stations that the whole family can visit to learn about the importance of keeping our creek healthy. This event is free to the public.
The sustainability-themed EcoFair will return to City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the west parking lot. Learn more about City rebates, programs, and services that encourage conservation and lower your carbon footprint. Enjoy booths, vendors, activities, and displays, along with live music and food trucks. The goal of the EcoFair is to share a broad array of conservation ... Read more
Come learn the sustainability practices staff are implementing at Polk County Conservation parks and natural areas. We will share the long-range goals and best practices of our newly adopted sustainability plan. Polk County Conservation will be offering bi-monthly sustainability programming topics for the public to learn more on living green and ways to implement sustainability into our everyday lives. REGISTRATION: Required DEADLINE: October 1 COST: ... Read more
Join us as we explore themes of water through the creative lenses of six talented University of Iowa graduate students in the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition promises an enlightening and thought-provoking experience that will engage your senses and your mind. Our students have poured passion and creativity into their productions, delving deep into the important issues surrounding water quality and watersheds and their connections ... Read more
On Sunday, November 5, from 12 - 3 pm, IEC is bringing the On Tour festival to Des Moines' Varsity Cinema, featuring films that will spark conversation about creating a just, healthy environment and sustainable future for all Iowans. Iowa Outdoors host Kellie Kramer is back this year to host the event, including a panel of local Iowans discussing the issues in the films.