National Public Lands Day-Des Moines is hosted by the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and community partners such as the Outdoor Stewards of Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Izaak Walton League, Central Iowa Trails Association and supporting businesses REI and Active Endeavors.

Get outdoors with your friends and family to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day! This year’s national theme is resilience and restoration. Together, we will celebrate restoring Yeader Creek watershed, improving outdoor recreation opportunities and building community.

9:00 a.m.
• Mini Rain Barrel Workshop
• Educational Booths
• Water Monitoring Demo

10:00 a.m.
Get your hands on the land volunteering for one of the following:
• Ewing Park-Yeader Creek Clean-up (14 and older)
• Ewing Park-Invasive Species Removal (14 and older)
• Easter Lake & Ewing Park-Litter Clean-up (All Ages)

• Turn in volunteer gear for a chance to win door prizes (horseback riding gift certificate, canoe rentals, camping passes and a grand prize rain barrel)!

Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and wet if working in the creek. Gloves and waders will be available in limited supply. Bring your own waders, boots and gloves if you have them! For all work areas, volunteers must wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Meet-up across the street to the north from Ashley Oakland Playground, 1895 East Mckinley Avenue.

After volunteering for National Public Lands Day, join Outdoor Stewards of Iowa and other conservation-minded volunteers, for FREE yard games, tent camping, brats, hot dogs and chips at Polk County Conservation's Yellow Banks Park. To register, email outdoorstewardsofiowa@gmail.com.

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