The BEST Frog Pond in Central Iowa – Ankeny

Place/Event: Cottonwood Recreation Area Location: 7400 NW 37th St, Ankeny, IA 50023 Cost: Free Grade/age range: K-12 Group size: large or small (great location for very large groups) Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes (but not along the edge of the frog pond) Bathrooms: Yes (running water and flushable toilets) Water: Yes Food: No I LOVE THE FROG POND! Nothing makes me happier…

Enabling Garden Altoona Iowa

Enabling Garden and Village Park – Altoona

Today I was driving through Altoona and saw this surprise garden! How have I lived in the metro area for years and have never heard about the Enabling Garden? Even in the rain on an overcast day the garden is amazing! The kids ran all over shouting out “look here”, “I am going over the bridge” and “Mom…

Living History Farms in Urbandale

Place/Event: Living History Farms Location: 11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322 Cost: $9-15 – see website Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes but the trail between farms is a dirt trail Bathrooms: Yes Food: Yes, but I have never tried it. We have always brought a picnic lunch. Water: Yes ok, FORGET big signs with lots of information…

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens in Ames

Place/Event: Reiman Gardens Location: 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011 (Instead of our mailing address, enter into the map’s search field “intersection of University Boulevard and South 16 Street Ames”. Find the map below with directions to our entrance from the intersection of University Blvd. and S. 16 St.) *currently construction projects are changing entrance locations…

Devonian Fossil Gorge at Coralville Lake and Dam

Place/Event: Devonian Fossil Gorge Location: Iowa City Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: limited to entry plaza area Bathrooms: No Food: No Water: No To prepare for your visit – check out the fossil map  and this Video from IPTV. Bring along blank white paper and crayons to make rubbings of the…

The Mines of Spain in Dubuque

Place/Event: The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center Location: 8991 Bellevue Heights Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 Cost: Free Grade/age range: Prek-12 Group size: large or small Hands-on: Yes Stroller friendly: Yes Bathrooms: Yes Food: No Water: Yes The Mines of Spain is a huge park, with lots of history, hiking and more. We only…