Polk County Conservation

Senior Programs and Trips

OWLS having lunch at the Lodge
OWLS - Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us!

These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon in which pre-registration is required. Registration deadline for lunch is the Friday before the program. The cost of the catered lunch is $9.00.

Tale of Two Watersheds

May 5, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. John Swanson, Outreach Coordinator for the Easter Lake and Big Creek Lake Watershed Projects, will discuss the issues our lakes are facing along with the conservation efforts taking place to improve water quality and soil health. The Easter Lake and Big Creek Projects are excellent examples of what must be done to protect and improve Iowa's lakes and streams. Upcoming renovations at Easter Lake will be covered along with the success stories and challenges of promoting conservation around Big Creek Lake. Participants will also learn how they can do their part to improve water quality by "rainscaping" their property to naturally manage storm water. Luncheon registration is May 2. To register for lunch, click here.

African Wildlife

June 10, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Photographer and author Ty Smedes will share images of Africa, including birds and mammals with young, catching prey, and interacting in fascinating ways. You will learn about African wildlife, and hear some incredible first-hand stories. Best mammals, include lion, leopard, cape buffalo, hippo, African Wild Cat, and the rare and elusive Wild Dog. African bird life is fantasitc and very viewable, and many images were captured by photographing from boats on the Chobe River and along the winding channels of Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. Luncheon registration is June 6. To register for lunch, click here.

The Not So Quiet Librarian

July 1, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. What state fired the shot heard round the world - the library world, that is? Iowa! Who was the man that fired that shot? Forrest Spaulding. In 1938, Forrest Spaulding wrote the Library Bill of Rights and in Spaulding's own words "means as much today as it did yesterday and will tomorrow." Spaulding served as director of the Des Moines Public Library from 1917 to 1919 and again from 1927 to 1952. His story, however, is bigger than Des Moines, bigger even than Iowa. Spaulding's words and his life touched everyone who loves not just books, but freedom of expression. This one man play performed by Tom Milligan, portrays Spaulding in one with the gentle, good humor, he was known for, as well as his devotion to the library and to civil rights. Sponsored by Humanities of Iowa. Luncheon registration is June 27. To register for lunch, click here.

Plant. Grow. Fly.

August 5, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Jessie Lowry with the Blank Park Zoo will share their project aimed to help our native pollinators thrive. This initiative encourages local citizens to plant much-needed pollinator habitat in their yards, at their schools or place of business using region-specific garden recipes designed to support some of our most imperiled species of butterflies and bees. With the guiding principle that no effort is too small, Plant.Grow.Fly. focuses on the positive that every one of us can do our part to preserve these creatures by providing habitat they need. Luncheon registration is July 29. To register for lunch, click here.

Senior Bus Tours in 2014 - brochure

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

More Contacts