Stowe Heights

Stowe Heights Stowe Heights Challenge Course is managed by Community Youth Concepts (CYC). The course will open in late summer 2020 and will be available for groups by appointment.

Similar activities can be booked for your group throughout the winter.

Operating as usual

Big shout out to this volunteer group from Walnut Creek Church -downtown.  They did some heavy lifting and planted 4 tre...
09/26/2020

Big shout out to this volunteer group from Walnut Creek Church -downtown. They did some heavy lifting and planted 4 trees, 3 shrubs and helped spread grass seed and compost. This is a big deal and we are so grateful for the hard work.

Stowe Heights visited the Cherry Glen Learning Farm today to pick up some compost and walked away with so much more! Fee...
09/25/2020

Stowe Heights visited the Cherry Glen Learning Farm today to pick up some compost and walked away with so much more! Feeling inspired. Ray Meylor gave us a tour and even let us try some produce as we learned about watershed mitigation. *warning: the “You’re On Your Own” Peppers are hot!

It is tree planting season and Stowe Heights is getting ready! Thank you to Trees Forever for helping Stowe Heights sour...
09/25/2020

It is tree planting season and Stowe Heights is getting ready! Thank you to Trees Forever for helping Stowe Heights source these new additions.

Stowe Heights staff had a great time with this U12 Softball team out of Ankeny this past weekend.   After a week of rain...
09/17/2020

Stowe Heights staff had a great time with this U12 Softball team out of Ankeny this past weekend. After a week of rain, it felt great to get back outside.

Stowe Heights will be open through October for the 2020 season. There is still time, but the schedule is filling fast.

For more information about the Stowe Heights experience, contact [email protected] or visit our website at www.stoweheights.org.

Stowe Heights's cover photo
09/17/2020

Stowe Heights's cover photo

Stowe Heights's cover photo
09/17/2020

Stowe Heights's cover photo

Stowe Heights Challenge Course has lift off! We had the privilege of working with the fantastic Youth Leadership Initiat...
08/13/2020

Stowe Heights Challenge Course has lift off!

We had the privilege of working with the fantastic Youth Leadership Initiative of Des Moines class of 2020-21 over the weekend. What an amazing group of young people.

After a summer challenged by COViD-19, our amazing facilitators had the opportunity to show what they could provide and they delivered.

Stowe Heights is proud to provide quality socially distanced programming to the Greater Des Moines area that will enhance and reflect the goals of individual groups. For more questions and to schedule your group today, please contact [email protected]

Stowe Heights Challenge Course is a program of Community Youth Concepts

It has been a busy few weeks (so busy we haven’t had time to share updates!) And then there was a derecho! Thank you to ...
08/12/2020

It has been a busy few weeks (so busy we haven’t had time to share updates!) And then there was a derecho!

Thank you to the helpers and neighbors we got to meet while cleaning up. We know there is still a lot of clean up to do on the East side. A staff member will be out at the course this afternoon from 3-6 pm to answer questions about the course. If anyone could use a little assistance in the neighborhood, reach out!

Yesterday Dubuque Ave. was blocked just East of the course due to a downed power line so use caution and stay safe!

07/31/2020

Thank you Iowa Poison Ivy Removal for today’s adventure! Dan, Kelsey and Alec removed lots of poison ivy on the property starting with this healthy female vine and the seeds that birds like to feed on and spread.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help paint the equipment shed at Stowe Heights this coming Wednesday, July 29th f...
07/27/2020
Stowe Heights: Painting Equipment Shed

We are looking for a few volunteers to help paint the equipment shed at Stowe Heights this coming Wednesday, July 29th from 9-11 AM. If you are available and would like to help out, please register through the Sign-up Genius link below.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

We began this week with our facilitator training and end it with a sided shed and a sign waiting to be installed. 🙌A hug...
07/24/2020

We began this week with our facilitator training and end it with a sided shed and a sign waiting to be installed. 🙌

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped raise this shed under the leadership of Mr. Ben Molloy.

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy at the University of Iowa
07/22/2020

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy at the University of Iowa

Today we'd love to highlight another nonprofit, Community Youth Concepts!

This has been a tough year for an inaugural opening and yet with the help of volunteers and our community, Community Youth Concepts (CYC) continues to make progress towards the launch of the brand new Stowe Heights Challenge Course. CYC's mission is to engage and connect Iowa students through youth development programming and to provide coaching, training, and technical assistance in best practices to youth-serving non-profits.

CYC plans to carry that mission forward with the development of Stowe Heights. Challenge course programming has long been an effective tool in team development, engagement, creative problem solving and building self-efficacy. The impact of COViD-19 on our communities has reinforced the value of the challenge course process and best practices. In these unprecedented times, it is not hard to draw from the experience and ask how it can be applied back in the real world.

Learn more by contacting [email protected] or visiting www.cyconcepts.org and www.stoweheights.org.

CYC is hiring! Want to work with young people? Want to incorporate a challenge course into your life? 😊
07/22/2020

CYC is hiring! Want to work with young people? Want to incorporate a challenge course into your life? 😊

Community Youth Concepts is hiring a Program Facilitator who will facilitate programming with upper elementary, middle and high school students to enhance the development of social-emotional and workforce skills by providing opportunities for youth and adults to work together, apply academic learning, and provide youth-directed service to the community.

If you, or someone you know, is passionate about working with youth and providing them with opportunities to learn skills that will help them succeed in school, work, and life - please apply! The position description and more information is available on our website: http://cyconcepts.org/careers/

Stowe Heights
07/21/2020

Stowe Heights

Such an awesome day!!
07/20/2020

Such an awesome day!!

And it’s wheels(chair) up on the closing day of facilitator training! Thank you to Experiential Systems, Inc. for this build and training.

And it’s wheels(chair) up on the closing day of facilitator training!  Thank you to Experiential Systems, Inc. for this ...
07/20/2020

And it’s wheels(chair) up on the closing day of facilitator training! Thank you to Experiential Systems, Inc. for this build and training.

If you need groceries, don’t forget this opportunity!
07/20/2020

If you need groceries, don’t forget this opportunity!

For the months of July-September, every time you use your own reusable bag at Whole Foods Market, you'll be supporting Community Youth Concepts with the One Dime at a Time program! These funds will go to support our CYC leadership development opportunities at the Stowe Heights Challenge Course when it opens this summer!

Day 1 of Stowe Heights Challenge Course training! Getting closer every day!
07/18/2020

Day 1 of Stowe Heights Challenge Course training! Getting closer every day!

07/10/2020

Thank you for amazing Bobcat drivers.

A big thank you to the Neas family and this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail for making a visit to Stowe Heights today!  This i...
06/25/2020

A big thank you to the Neas family and this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail for making a visit to Stowe Heights today! This is hard work and they made it all more fun.

3 cheers for Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Energy & Community and Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Sustainable Schools!! Planting and w...
06/25/2020

3 cheers for Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Energy & Community and Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Sustainable Schools!! Planting and watering and tackling the last of 3 truck loads of mulch!
Forever thankful for the hard work and for Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for the wheel barrows!

Would you like to be added to a contact list for summer volunteering with Community Youth Concepts?  The link to the goo...
06/23/2020
CYC 2020 Summer Volunteers

Would you like to be added to a contact list for summer volunteering with Community Youth Concepts? The link to the google form is attached for ongoing contact.

If you would like to go straight to sign-up genius and register for this week's opportunities, here is that link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ca9ac2ca0fd0-stowe1

We are in the process of creating volunteer opportunities that individuals and families can do while maintaining social distancing. We anticipate most of these opportunities will be outdoors either at CYC or the Stowe Heights Challenge Course! If you are interested in being on a list of volunteers t...

One more step completed! A shout-out to our families who are helping us make this real.❤️ Next up: wooden fence per city...
06/18/2020

One more step completed! A shout-out to our families who are helping us make this real.❤️ Next up: wooden fence per city requirements.

Who's in for some team building? We have your first initiative coming up this Friday and available through July 3rd!  He...
06/18/2020

Who's in for some team building? We have your first initiative coming up this Friday and available through July 3rd! Head on down to Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewery. See below for details! Raising money for Stowe Heights. #goteam #thankyou #DMAF2020 @courtavebrew #keepthewholeteamsafe #inthistogether

We've got exciting news Des Moines! 😁😁😁
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THIS FRIDAY, June 19th we will be introducing a new official Des Moines Arts Festival craft brew 👉🏼The Hazy Henry IPA👈🏼 + tapping our beloved Grapefruit Rattler! ❤️🐍 What's the REALLY EXCITING part you ask⁉️ We will be donating $1 per beer sold to Stowe Heights in support of the Stowe Heights Challenge Course Art Initiative, one of the Festival's longtime non-profit partners that will be directly impacted because of the cancellation of the 2020 Arts Festival.
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Get down to the brewpub #ThisFriday thru July 3rd to give these delicious brews a try + support a great cause! #HowDoYouCABCo 😋🍺
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#craftbeer #drinklocal #cheers #independentbeer #eatdrinkparty #cabco #courtave #beer #iowabeer #localbeer #desmoines #downtowndesmoines #downtowndsm #dsm #desmoinesartsfestival #stoweheights #SHCC

Teamwork makes the dream work! Thank you to AmeriCorps Green Iowa for all the hard work today planting natives and hauli...
06/16/2020

Teamwork makes the dream work! Thank you to AmeriCorps Green Iowa for all the hard work today planting natives and hauling mulch! Making progress as we move towards opening.

Asiatic day flower. Blooms only one day. Invasive, of course, but neat nonetheless.
06/13/2020

Asiatic day flower. Blooms only one day. Invasive, of course, but neat nonetheless.

Progress made over the weekend! The equipment shed has shingles and is anchored, the first layer of asphalt is down and ...
06/01/2020

Progress made over the weekend! The equipment shed has shingles and is anchored, the first layer of asphalt is down and lawn is on the schedule for mowing!

After concrete is laid tomorrow, we will let that cure for a week and then it will be a green light for plantings, wood chips, siding, and painting. Lots of fun work ahead.

We have a visitor today. Where might she live?
05/31/2020

We have a visitor today. Where might she live?

So much is going on in the next month at Stowe Heights, if you are interested in helping out, please fill out this googl...
05/22/2020
CYC 2020 Summer Volunteers

So much is going on in the next month at Stowe Heights, if you are interested in helping out, please fill out this google form and we’ll be in touch.

We are in the process of creating volunteer opportunities that individuals and families can do while maintaining social distancing. We anticipate most of these opportunities will be outdoors either at CYC or the Stowe Heights Challenge Course! If you are interested in being on a list of volunteers t...

Where's Stowe Heights? On the east side of Des Moines hidden in these old growth trees! Aren’t they beautiful? Another v...
05/20/2020

Where's Stowe Heights? On the east side of Des Moines hidden in these old growth trees! Aren’t they beautiful?

Another volunteer opportunity coming up is assisting with moving wood chips for trail development and leveling the area under the course.

We would love to practice social distancing with volunteers in these woods. Estimated dates for this project will be the week of June 15th when we will be working with Top Notch Tree Care for the wood chips.

For more information or if you would like to be added to our contact list, please contact [email protected]

Day 3 of Dubuque Ave resurfacing and it looks great!! Road is still closed to through traffic for the moment. Tomorrow i...
05/20/2020

Day 3 of Dubuque Ave resurfacing and it looks great!! Road is still closed to through traffic for the moment. Tomorrow installation of the shed begins.

One of the many volunteer opportunities in the works to making Stowe Heights the best place on earth.  If you would like...
05/19/2020

One of the many volunteer opportunities in the works to making Stowe Heights the best place on earth.

If you would like to contribute an artistic touch to these bird houses built by Central Campus students contact [email protected]

Our Bush Honeysuckle is starting to bloom. Unfortunately they are invasive and need to be mitigated. We have a wonderful...
05/19/2020

Our Bush Honeysuckle is starting to bloom. Unfortunately they are invasive and need to be mitigated. We have a wonderful neighbor that helps us with this, but it is something that will take more work. There are a variety of volunteer projects that can be done in family units, individually and in small socially distanced ways. Stay tuned for more information and always feel free to contact [email protected] with questions.

Day 2 of resurfacing Dubuque Ave.  The paving of Stowe Heights’ parking lot has been pushed back so that we can get the ...
05/19/2020

Day 2 of resurfacing Dubuque Ave.

The paving of Stowe Heights’ parking lot has been pushed back so that we can get the equipment shed started this week. Since the shed was a Central Campus build project lead by instructor Ben Molloy, we are working on the school calendar deadline which ends next week.

Working with contractors and people in construction is a great experience in building project management skills, adapting to new data and working with what is. Can’t emphasize these skills enough and thankful for our partners.

Resurfacing Dubuque Ave. started early this morning! Pouring of Stowe Heights parking lot will happen in conjunction thi...
05/18/2020

Resurfacing Dubuque Ave. started early this morning! Pouring of Stowe Heights parking lot will happen in conjunction this week!

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3516 Dubuque Ave
Des Moines, IA
50317

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It was good to get outside, take a breath and refocus.