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Creative Spirits Painting Class
Water's Edge Nature Center
Sunday, February 25
2:00 p.m.

Join a Creative Spirits instructor for a relaxing afternoon of guided painting. The painting we will be doing is called "Just Breathe." To view the painting and to register for the class please click on the link below. All supplies will be provided. There is a fee for this program. Participants must be 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

"Just Breathe" Painting and Registration


The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling
Water's Edge Nature Center
Thursday, March 15
1:00 p.m.

In this 45-minute presentation, Tom Milligan portrays Jay N. "Ding" Darling as he visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City where as a young boy he became aware of the natural world around him while developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he recalls his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling's influence was felt not only through his cartoons but his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

This program is sponsored by Humanites Iowa and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is also part of the Democracy and Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.