Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Des Moines Outdoor Fun wants to get you outdoors this summer and explore central Iowa. 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 1 and run until August 15. During this period of time we encourage everyone to visit all 30 parks on our list!

Central Iowa, Des Moines, Parks

2018 Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge. It was so much fun following everyone on social media as they explored central Iowa. Take a look at the stats!

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge,

Iowachica (Sara Schroeder) – Grand prize winner of the Mud Kitchen

nicoleyoung_6 – Hike it Baby Annual Membership and Trail Book

Renee Kowlessar – $25 fresh produce from Dogpatch Urban Gardens + reusable DUG bag

Erin O’Connell – Goddess Garden Organics goodies

jenakline – $50 Scheels gift card

bruncase – $50 REI gift card

All winners must email desmoinesoutdoorfun@gmail.com to claim their prize! Remember that anyone who completed at least 10 parks or more are welcome to a Tinkergarten Celebration. There are two dates available (September 1 + September 4). Please fill out this form if you would like to join.


Download the official list and cross them off as you go!

  1. Terra Park: Johnston
  2. Ironwood Park: Altoona
  3. Brenton Arboretum: Dallas Center
  4. Jester Park Natural Playscape: Granger
  5. Big Creek State Park: Polk City
  6. Walker Johnston Park: Urbandale
  7. Campbell Recreational Area: Clive
  8. Colby Park: Windsor Heights
  9. Centennial Park: Waukee
  10. Winterset City Park: Winterset
  11. Evans Park: Adel
  12. Aurora Park: Newton
  13. Ashby Park: Beaverdale
  14. Raccoon River Park: West Des Moines
  15. Miracle Park: Ankeny
  16. Greenwood/Ashworth Park: Des Moines
  17. Ashley Okland Star Playground-Ewing Park: Des Moines
  18. Yellow Banks Park: Pleasant Hill
  19. Swede Point Park: Madrid
  20. McColl Park: Woodward
  21. Little Bridge Park: DeSoto
  22. Trindle Park: Van Meter
  23. Billy O Philly Park: Norwalk
  24. Annett Nature Center: Warren County
  25. Union Park: Des Moines
  26. Zo-El Annett Woods: Warren County
  27. Redfied City Park: Redfield
  28. Wilson Park: Valley Junction
  29. Pete Crivaro Park: Des Moines
  30. Westchester Park: Des Moines


  1. Visit a park on the Central Iowa Trek the Parks list and post a photo of you at the park using hashtag #DSMOFTrektheParks 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 in 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 in to win a prize.
  4. All winners will be randomly chosen and finalized by August 25, 2018. We will post the winning list on our site (Des Moines Outdoor Fun) and how to claim your prize at that time.
  5. Winner will be responsible for contacting Des Moines Outdoor Fun to claim prizes as we will only have social media handles to go by.
  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.


Grand Prize

Mud Kitchen designed and built by Helps Homestead.

**Must visit all 30 parks and name will be picked randomly.

Other Prizes

Everyone who visits at least 10 parks will receive a special discount code for $15 off the Fall Tinkergarten session. They will also be invited to a free trial class of Tinkergarten + celebration to celebrate everyone who participated in the challenge.

Thank you to all of our sponsors including our Platinum Sponsors Warren County Conservation, Polk County Conservation, and Thrivent Financial.