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.

Wildlife of Tanzania, Kenya, & Rwanda

February 4, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. - noon.  Wes and Karen Ritchie spent the month of February 2013 on a photographic safari to Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa. They will share their pictures and stories of mammals, birds, and mountain gorillas. ecologically diverse countries. Luncheon registration is January 31. To register for lunch, click here.

Climate Change is Now: Stories from a Natural Resources Steward

March 4, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. - noon. Speaking of climate change in public often brings up conversation of policy and political issues. For a natural resources professional, it is all about science and the ecololgical effects of what is changing. In this program, Polk County Conservation Deputy Director and former Iowa DNR Director Rich Leopold will share some of his personal stories of changes in our natural world, exploring some of the "ripples in the pond" from changes in our climate. Stories will include topics as far-ranging as floods and snakes, fish and corn mold, and armadillos and prairie chickens. Luncheon registration is February 28. To register for lunch, click here.

Immersed in Water

April 1, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, will emphasize the central role water has in each of our lives, beginning before birth and throughout our entire lives, at individual, community and economic levels. Special attention will be placed on water as a vital component in our economic development, history as a city and our community's future. An appreciation for the challenges faced in both water quality and quantity will underscore the active role each of us as individuals can play in promoting greater stewardship of water in its many forms. Participants will be encouraged to be both better informed consumers of water and also more engaged actors in the discussions necessary to improve our water resources as a community. Luncheon registration is March 28. To register for lunch, click here.

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.


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.

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