Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge, Des Moines parks, park challenge, Iowa

Des Moines Outdoor Fun wants to get you outdoors this summer and explore central Iowa. That is why we have created the ‘Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge’. The communities within central Iowa offer many parks, trails, spray grounds, and more, we want you to get out and discover them.

The Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge will kick-off on June 5 and run until August 15. During this period of time, we encourage everyone to visit all 30 parks on our list!


Download the official list here!

  1. Ledges State Park
  2. Iowa Arboretum 
  3. Jester Park
  4. Big Creek State Park
  5. Miracle Park
  6. Brenton Arboretum
  7. Fox Creek Park 
  8. Alice Nizzi Park
  9. Kennybrook South Park
  10. Terra Park
  11. Northview Park
  12. Colby Park
  13. Riverview Park 
  14. Union Park
  15. Sargent Park
  16. Enabling Garden
  17. Ironwood Park
  18. Thomas Mitchell Park
  19. Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
  20. Yellow Banks Park 
  21. Easter Lake
  22. Lauridsen Skate Park/ Rotary Riverwalk Park
  23. Reichardt Natural Play Area
  24. Brown’s Woods
  25. Raccoon River Park
  26. Eric’s Place at Valley Community Center ***
  27. Warrior Park
  28. Zo-El Annett Woods
  29. Pammel State Park 
  30. Playscape North Overlook

*** Show your printed checklist at the Valley Community Center Cafe for a free beverage!




  1. Visit a park on the Central Iowa Trek the Parks list and post a photo of you at the park using hashtag #DSMOFTrektheParks21 on Facebook or Instagram.
  2. If you visit and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag of all 30 parks you will be entered to win the grand prize.
  3. If you visit and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag of at least 10 parks you will be entered to win a prize.
  4. Winners will be selected before August 22, 2021. They will be listed below on THIS page, shared on social media, and emailed with the email provided via the form below.
  5. Participants will be responsible for filling out this form. This will make it easier to contact winners and keep track of who is participating. Winners will also be posted on THIS page!
  6. NOTE: Please make sure all social media platforms are set as public, not private, so we are able to see your photos and hashtags.


  1. Grand Prize (Must visit all 30 parks to be entered in to win) = Handmade designed Mud Kitchen designed by Helps Homestead. This item MUST be picked up by September 1.
  2. One year membership + basket from The Brenton Arboretum.
  3. (2) Iowa Adventure Pack from Muddy Boots – Kid-sized camp mug, flashlight, Iowa State Park playing cards from Iowa Parklands, and Iowa Camp sticker (also Iowa Parklands).
  4. $50 Gift Card to REI


**All winners have been contacted via email. If you see your name listed check your email + SPAM 

  • Paige Hikes – GRAND PRIZE – Mud Kitchen
  • Elaine Menke – Brenton Arboretum Membership
  • Mariel Sellner – $50 REI Gift Card
  • Alisha Henry – Muddy Boots Adventure Pack
  • Amanda Arnold – Muddy Boots Adventure Pack


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors Active Endeavors and Polk County Conservation.