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Senior Programs and Trips

OWLS having lunch at the Lodge
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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 $10.00.

The Iowa Grotto

March 1, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. So, Iowa has caves? Really? Yes we do and The Iowa Grotto is an affiliate of the National Speleological Society. They are dedicated to the conservation of Iowa caves and karst and such. They locate and map caves, are involved with cave research, and do restoration work in Iowa caves. Luncheon registration is February 26. To register for lunch, click here.

Unconditional Surrender: Ulysses S. Grant

April 5, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. A one-man show written and performed by Peter J. Grady. Ulysses S. Grant comes to life in this informative, humorous, and touching portrayal. Meet the victorious General whose strategy and tenacity won the Civil War, the President who struggled to rebuild his country after the war, and the husband and father whose final efforts were devoted to the financial support of his wife and family. Luncheon registration is April 1. To register for lunch, click here.

Whitetail: Treasure, Trophy or Trouble?

May 3, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Larry Stone will share the history of deer in Iowa. - Although Iowa’s original deer herd vanished in the face of white settlement, the animals rebounded during the 20th century to the point of over-population. Adapted from 2003 book written for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, “Whitetail” traces that history. It’s a story with broad appeal to farmers, hunters, motorists, and wildlife watchers – anyone whose life has been affected by Iowa deer. Program Sponsored by Humanities of Iowa. Luncheon registration is April 29. To register for lunch, click here.

Jewels of the Wetlands

June 14, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Ann Johnson is a life-long Iowan and birder. In the summer of 1999 she expanded her natural history interests to learning identification of dragonflies and damselflies. That process of learning led to the publication of “Dragonflies and Damselflies in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Odonates of the Upper Midwest” and the creation of the informal Iowa Odonata Survey – http://iowaodes.org. Ann’s presentation will focus on gaining an awareness and appreciation of the beauty and diversity of these fabulous insects. Luncheon registration is June 10. To register for lunch, click here.

Barn Owls

July 5, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Meet “Alba”, an education ambassador for SOAR-Saving Our Avian Resources. Barn owls are beautiful birds and have some of the most extreme adaptations of owls, that make them supreme hunters. But even with their special skills their numbers are believed to be declining in the Midwest. Barn owls have been listed as an endangered species in Iowa since 1977. Alba can help us understand what has happened and what we can do to help. Luncheon registration is July 1. To register for lunch, click here.

What's New with Polk County Conservation?

August 2, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Director, Richard Leopold, will share how Polk County Conservation and the Great Outdoors Foundation are teaming up to bring one of Iowa’s leading nature centers to this area. Jester Park Nature Center will provide exceptional value and leadership through avenues of recreation, education, and conservation. Leopold will also discuss other park and natural resource improvements taking place in the county. Luncheon registration is July 29. To register for lunch, click here.

Learning how to carefully spot and identify nests is a challenge welcomed by a growing number of experienced and beginning birders alike. From huge platform nests located high in trees to neatly woven cup nests hidden in the grass, the amazing diversity of nests nearly matches the diversity of the birds themselves. Join Iowa DNR biologist Bruce Ehresman as he discusses nest sites, nest types, and nest materials of birds in Iowa and beyond. Bruce will show how this information can help a keen observer determine the type of bird that made a particular nest - and how important those nesting aspects are to a bird's life cycle. In addition to photos, he will bring in various examples of nests for first-hand views. Bruce participated in both of Iowa’s Breeding Bird Atlases, during which time he spent several thousand hours locating nests across the state. He is excited to share what he has learned with others who appreciate wildlife. - See more at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Jester-Lewis-A-Park/Events/6785/OWLS-Bird-Nests-a-Tour-of-Avian-Architecture-a.aspx#sthash.PvLo6Y6Q.dpuf
Learning how to carefully spot and identify nests is a challenge welcomed by a growing number of experienced and beginning birders alike. From huge platform nests located high in trees to neatly woven cup nests hidden in the grass, the amazing diversity of nests nearly matches the diversity of the birds themselves. Join Iowa DNR biologist Bruce Ehresman as he discusses nest sites, nest types, and nest materials of birds in Iowa and beyond. Bruce will show how this information can help a keen observer determine the type of bird that made a particular nest - and how important those nesting aspects are to a bird's life cycle. In addition to photos, he will bring in various examples of nests for first-hand views. Bruce participated in both of Iowa’s Breeding Bird Atlases, during which time he spent several thousand hours locating nests across the state. He is excited to share what he has learned with others who appreciate wildlife. - See more at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Jester-Lewis-A-Park/Events/6785/OWLS-Bird-Nests-a-Tour-of-Avian-Architecture-a.aspx#sthash.PvLo6Y6Q.dpuf

Senior Eco Bus Tours in 2016 (flyer)

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

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

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