Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
All Ages

Water Works Park is a birding ‘hot spot’ – riparian woodland that hosts more than 200 bird species throughout the year. Spring migration brings Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, shore birds and warblers as well as Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets and many others.

Get wild with us!

In 2018, reports of ‘extraordinary eggs’ brought many visitors to the Park to investigate a mysterious migration.

On Saturday, April 24 starting at 8 a.m., there will again be hundreds of extraordinary eggs waiting to be found in Water Works Park. This egg hunt is your invitation to explore one of America’s largest urban parks. 

You can also:

  • Join Cosmic Egg Yoga at 10:30 a.m.
  • Identify our feathered friends; download this card, created by Polk County Conservation Board, for a little help
  • Find 10 animal signs and 12 tree hearts located throughout the park; make an adventure of finding them all!
  • Follow the water treatment signs to learn about how water is cleaned by Des Moines Water Works
  • Enjoy some food from one of the day’s vendors

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Water Works Park habitat! Here’s a flyer you can reference for the day.

Where will you find eggs?

Eggs are mostly lying in the area we’re calling ‘The Wild’ – 400+ wooded acres north of the Raccoon River — and around the Lauridsen Amphitheater. 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! Here’s a map to help get you started.

Please 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!).

NOTE: Please limit yourself to keeping one egg so others may find and enjoy them, too.

Found an egg in Water Works Park?

Here’s what we ask when you find one of the beautiful eggs created by JJ Gaffers:

  1. Post a photo on social media sharing the location of your find — we want to see those eggs
  2. Take a moment to contemplate where you stand — a 1,500-acre landscape working to clean our water
  3. Find a place in your home or office to display your new treasure — you now have a story to tell

NOTE: Please limit yourself to keeping one egg so others may find and enjoy them, too.

Curious about the eggs? Here’s how they’re made.

Make a difference!

We’re providing trash bags for participants who would like to help clean up the park as they search. Make sure you check in at the different registration tables to pick up a trash bag and earn a chance to win a giant egg or a free glass blowing class at JJ Gaffers.


Track your Earth Day in the Park actitivities with bingo and you could win a prize.

  1. Download a card now. Here’s a Spanish version and one with directions in Swahili.
  2. Check off four boxes by participating in various activities.
  3. Email the card to or turn in to an onsite registration table to be entered to win a special prize!

Again, thank you for joining us in celebrating Water Works Park!

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