Events Around Town

Events Around Town
We're here to keep you connected to other events happening in our community & plug all the amazing things going that you can join. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in March, please email us at info@urbanambassadors.org!


February 1. Care about clean water? Reducing agricultural pollution? Holding polluters accountable? Then don’t miss this Mighty Earth Des Moines 2018 Kick-Off Event! The meat industry is the single biggest contributor to water pollution in the country, and most of that comes from the way we grow corn and soy to feed livestock. To protect our waters here in Iowa, we need to tell the biggest meat company -- Tyson Foods -- that we want to see change. Join Mighty Earth Des Moines and other concerned citizens on Feb. 1 to learn more about the campaign, support strategizing, and take action!


February 1. Food Still Matters will be hosting another monthly Vegan Potluck, and February’s theme is Asian Inspired Dishes. Please remember to bring a copy of the recipe or list of ingredients. Potluck begins at 6pm at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines.


February 1. Come to the Des Moines Central Library on February 1st from 10:15-10:45am and get Hog Wild with a Polk County Conservation naturalist as they discuss if the groundhog really can indicate an early spring. Presenters will discuss hibernation and learn what other Iowa animals do to survive winter.


February 4. Join the Logistics and Outreach Coordinators from Iowa City for fun Upcycling classes! Each class is free, but requires pre-registration. This workshop is focusing on plastic bag weaving. Find more information here.


February 7. Head to the Des Moines Bicycle Collective for the most important celebration of the year: Galentine's! Attendees can get a photo taken at the gals and gears photo booth, decorate bike themed Valentine's cards for your best lady friends (aka soulmates), and enjoy the company of female friends old and new. Cycle Series is a monthly program hosted by Women Rolling Collectively, an initiative of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective to get more female-identifying folks on bikes in Des Moines. Cycle Series presentations and discussions focus on topics that aim to break down barriers to cycling for women.


February 8. Do you like trivia? Love grabbing a cold beer with friends? Then join Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a night of Eco-Trivia at Peace Tree Des Moines! Form a team of up to 6 people, and compete for prizes. No charge to enter. 


February 10. The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with Fellowship Baptist Church to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge. There will be spotting scopes and people on the bridge to assist with viewing some of the wild bald eagles and their nests from 10am-3pm. Inside Fellowship Baptist Church, you will be able to warm up, relax, and listen to presentations by guest speakers, including SOAR. SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources will present at 11:30 and 1:30 with a live education ambassador bald eagle and another guest education ambassador.


February 17. Cherry Glen Learning Farm is hosting another stellar class- Planning Your Backyard Orchard using Eco. & Perma. Techniques. Attendees will get an overview & understanding of tree sizes, planting location, site preparation, shaping & pruning, and naturally discouraging pests and disease. Trees and companion plants will to available for ordering. Cost: $50 (+$25 per additional family member).


February 20. Join the Iowa Bicycle Coalition for a day of advocacy and discussion at Iowa Bicycling Day at the Capitol. Participants can plant to meet with legislators to talk about bicycle safety issues.


February 22. Check out the ReLaunch of Des Moines Green Drinks on February 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm at Peace Tree Brewing Company. What is Green Drinks? Every month, a lively mixture of people in the environmental field from nonprofits, academia, government, and business meet up at informal happy hour networking events around the world. One free drink ticket (plus a chance to win a signed copy of a new book, Sustainable Business in Iowa) will be given to the first 30 arrivals!


February 24. Don’t let the cold get you down. Join The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Saturday mornings, January through March, for weekly education on a range of topics. Each week includes two hour-long sessions; purchase tickets here. On February 24th from 10:30-1pm, join Dogpatch Urban Gardens and Pepperharrow Farm for their session, Grow Food, Not Lawns; Crafting a Cut Flower Garden in Iowa.