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Science Festival Trail
June 18, 2023 


Join us for the Science Festival Trail 2023

Back and bigger for Father’s Day!


Science Iowa’s Science Festival Trail returns to West Des Moines’ Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Avenue, on Father’s Day, June 18, from 1-4 p.m. We’ll feature science- and environmental-related organizations with activities and information about science literacy, conservation, and volunteerism. Several local high school robotics teams also will be there, demonstrating their roving devices. 


This year we’ll feature a talk on ice-age fossils from Julie Meachen, Des Moines University anatomy professor. She leads research into the Natural Trap Cave, a Wyoming pit cave where paleontologists are gathering fossils of ancient animals. 


Families also can enjoy music from vocalist Aviana Gedler and a jazz ensemble. 


We’ll provide free popcorn, hot dogs and bottled water and ice cream purveyor Outside Scoop will be on hand. Kids can try a take-home craft and STEM activities while gathering passport stamps to earn a bag of fun gifts and coupons.


Participating organizations include the Blank Park Zoo, Heartland Rewilding, The Rain Campaign, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and many more. 

Join us June 18! We’ll see you there!

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