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
Be a part of this collective nationwide effort in our extraordinary corner of the country at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. Join Polk County Conservation’s Environmental Education and Volunteer staff for an afternoon exploring Iowa’s tallgrass prairie habitat. You will participate in native habitat restoration by collecting native seeds ready to harvest before enjoying an afternoon of fun activities that offer a deeper understanding of this ecosystem. ... Read more
Join Iowa Rivers Revival, Drake's professional environmental science fraternity, Epsilon Eta, the City of Des Moines Parks and Rec, and Easter Lake Watershed in cleaning Yeader Creek, a tributary to Easter Lake. The cleanup is from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm through the portion that goes along McKinley Ave.
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
The Urbandale Uplift Project needs your help to make a difference in our community. Many non-profits from the Des Moines metro have stepped up to make this project possible. Now it's your turn!
Join us for the third annual Wild Prairie Showdown, a competition to name the MVP - Most Valuable Philanthropist. Proceeds benefit the Great Outdoors Foundation and ICON Water Trails. It's fashion, meets advocacy, meets fundraising, and you don't want to miss it. Come dressed to impress in your best interpretation of Formal Flannel!
The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Des Moines are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Raccoon River Rally scheduled for October 14, 2023. This is a FREE family-friendly, rain-or-shine event and everyone is invited! Raccoon River Rally is a fall festival celebrating WDM’s community and outdoor recreation! Attractions for the event include live music, cardboard boat races, a vendor ... Read more
Come to Drake University on October 20th, 10am-3pm, to help plant native plants in a bioretention cell! We have 1100 galloon sized plants that need to go in the ground. Stop by as time allows. A bioretention cell reduces flooding and improves the quality of water that runs off of our campus. Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable getting planting native flowers in. Snacks ... Read more
This festive, family-friendly event includes activities, entertainment, and trick-or-treating in the Garden. Visitors can participate in creeptastic educational activities about trees and spooky botanicals. Costumes are encouraged!
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.