We need your help again!
We are still working to clean up the park after spring floods. Trash and debris can be very disruptive to wildlife and the public’s enjoyment of the park.
As the master plan developed to improve Water Works Park, the community spoke loudly on the need to preserve habitat within the park – a refuge for nature and people in the heart of our city. Now, we want you to explore it with us.
Join us on Saturday, April 20, 2019 starting at 8 a.m. as we do some spring cleaning among the hundreds of extraordinary eggs waiting to be found in Water Works Park’s 1,500 wooded acres.
Get wild with us!
This egg hunt is your invitation to see the wonders of spring in one of America’s largest urban parks.
Water Works Park is a birding ‘hot spot’ – waterside woodland that hosts more than 200 bird species throughout the year. Spring migration brings warblers, woodpeckers, herons, raptors and owls as well as nesting wood ducks, kingfishers and many others.
Habitats like Water Works Park have a lot of value for water quality — preventing erosion and trapping sediment. The land slows and dissipates floodwaters. The natural areas of the park also host wildlife and offer scenic and recreational value.
Where will you find eggs?
Eggs are mostly lying in the area we’re calling ‘The Wild’ – 450 wooded acres north of the Raccoon River. The eggs are on the ground and at least 3 feet away from trails or other park infrastructure. You’re going to have to explore to find them! On Saturday, April 20th between 8 am and 4 pm, stop by the bridge and we will even supply some trash bags, gloves and possibly hints on where to find them!
Please help us clean up the park. Remember to leave no trace – stay off muddy trails, dispose of waste properly, respect wildlife and leave what you find (but please take an extraordinary egg!).
Found an egg in Water Works Park?
Here’s what we ask when you find one:
- Post a photo on social media sharing the location of your find
- Put the phone away and take a minute to contemplate where you stand
- Find a place in your home or office to display your new treasure
- But PLEASE limit yourself to ONE egg per person. If you find one you like better, hide the first one so someone else can have the fun.
Spread the word
The Foundation needs your help to grow appreciation for the park’s habitat.
Some easy ways to spread the word:
- Take photos when you visit the park and tag us #wwpdsm
- Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Share this page
Thank you for joining us in celebrating Water Works Park habitat!