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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.

Grass Between the Rails

July 7, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Denny Rehder has been a musician all his life. He has combined that ability with his love of Iowa history to produce “Grass Between the Rails,” a celebration of Iowa’s railroad heritage in words and original music. His songs cover the gamut of Iowa railroad history from the race for Council Bluffs to the Burlington Zephyr. Through his music, he visits the worst wreck ever, Iowa’s best-known railroad hero, the road through Paradise, the one elephant circus and his family’s ties to the Illinois Central. This program is funded through Humanities of Iowa. Luncheon registraion is July 3. To register for lunch, click here.

Bears of Katmai

August 4, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula is well known as the “go to” place to see coastal brown bears. While many fear bears, and rightly so, it’s possible to share the space and get along with them too. Nature photographer, Craig Meyers, will introduce you to the bears and other wildlife of Katmai, and share why the bears aren’t always the vicious killers we hear about. Luncheon registration is July 31. To register for lunch, click here.

History of the Iowa County Conservation Board System

September 1, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.- noon. Tom Hazelton serves as the CEO of Iowa's County System, and suspiciously - was hatched within days of the county conservation bill being signed into law?! Hmmmm?  His nearly 40-year career in county conservation yields a unique perspective on the history, expansion and success of this 99-county system. Join Tom as he waltzes you through a bit of the history and early structure, then on to the incredible statewide presence that it has become. A portion of the presentation will focus on the economic impact that not only the Polk County Conservation Board provides to the local economies - but the broader impact made on Iowa's economy, workforce development, and quality of life! Tom artfully blends hundreds of beautiful photographs amongst statistics and stories to provide you with an especially informative experience. Luncheon registration is August 28. To register for lunch, click here.

Travels in Nepal

October 6, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Join Ray and Margaret Harden as they share pictures and stores of their recent trip to Nepal. Nepal is called the "Top of the World", as it has eight of the world's ten tallest mountain peaks.  They were lucky to see this beautiful country and interesting culture before the earthquake in April, 2015.  Many of the ancient buildings and monuments they saw in Kathmandu and the World Heritage Site of Durbar Square are now rubble. Their trip included incredible wildlife viewing, history and adventure. Luncheon registration is October 2, 2015. To register for lunch, click here.

Bird Nests - A Tour of Avian Architecture and Hidden Treasures

November 3, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. 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. Luncheon registration is October 30. 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 Bus Tours in 2015 (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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