Earth Friendly Forum
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center



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2018-2019 Winter/Spring Activity Guide
2018-2019 Winter/Spring Activity Guide

The Recreation Activity Guide is available online and in hard copy at several Iowa City locations: 

  • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street
  • Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
  • Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

View the 2018-2019 Winter/Spring Activity Guide online. Registration for winter/spring activities opened Wednesday, Dec. 12. 

Visit our activity registration page to sign up for programs at

Upcoming Events

Animals and Conservation Workshop

How can we save animals right here in Iowa City? In this workshop, we will explore what animals live in Iowa, find out why animals are so important, and what their jobs are in the environment. We will brainstorm ways we can help pollinators and other animals in our own backyards! 
This workshop will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. 
$10 registration fee for Iowa City residents, $15 for nonresidents. 
Registration information available online.

Outrageous Science
Science is about learning more about the world around us, and testing how we can affect it. While some people might think that's boring, we know that it's really an exciting adventure. Join us in doing science that is absolutely outrageous!
This workshop will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.
$6 registration fee for Iowa City residents, $11 for nonresidents. 
Registration information available online

Pollinator Paradise Garden Workshop

Learn about gardens that support healthy pollinator populations. The primarily focus is on the ecologically, all important native bee species although other insects such as Monarch butterflies will also be covered. The class includes discussion of specific plants that support pollinators. Planting and maintaining a pollinator garden will be covered.
This workshop will be held on Saturday, Mar. 30 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the East Side Recycling Environmental Education Center. Registration information available at

Getting to Know Endangered Species: Elephants

Learn about endangered species and conservation efforts with the "Getting to Know Endangered Species" Series. 
This class will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. 
For ages 5-12 years.
$6 per class for residents, $11 per class for nonresidents. 
Registration information available online

Safe Swimming Community Day

The Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty, Parks and Recreation Departments are partnering to host a Safe Swimming Community Day on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Each department will host a free spring swim lesson to promote safety for the upcoming summer. 
Following a quick swim lesson and safety talk, participants will receive a Josh the Otter book, thanks to MidWestOne Bank.

No fee to participate, but please register in advance. Registration available online or by calling 319-356-5100.

Earth Friendly Forum

This lecture series will take place in the Social Hall at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. Childcare will be provided for attendees. Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
“Which bin does this go in? Does it REALLY matter if I recycle this plastic water bottle? Your garbage and recycling questions answered.” 
By Blake Rupe, Coordinator of the Sustainable Water Development Program and Manager of the UI Office of Sustainability and the Environment

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
“The Future of Energy.” By Bodi Vasi, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Iowa

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
"Native Nations Environmental Justice and Health: How reservations and assimilation affect American Indian lives" By Joe D. Coulter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, The University of Iowa

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
"Climate Change is Sickening.” By Maureen McCue, MD, Coordinator Iowa Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility

For more information, contact Sheri Deal-Tyne.



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Parks and Recreation
220 S. Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA
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Office Hours: 
March 22, 2019
Mercer Park Aquatic Center: 81°
Robert A. Lee Rec Center: 84°
City Park Pool: Closed for season

For pool hours, see

Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center &
Mercer Park Recreation Center/ Scanlon Gym
Facility Hours:
Monday- Friday, 6:15 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Saturday, 6:15 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Special hours/closures notifications listed at top of P&R page.