Polk County Conservation

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 $9.00.

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.

Wildlife Dynamics on Isle Royale

September 2, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. For 55 years scientists have been studying the moose/wolf/vegetation dynamics on Isle Royale, a large island national park in Lake Superior. For the last 25 years, Ron Eckoff has been volunteering for the study by hiking off trail on the wilderness island looking for moose bones. Ron will share pictures, video, and some of the research findings. Luncheon registration is August 29. To register for lunch, click here.

Personal Adventures & Explorations of the Northwest Passage

October 7, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. David Thoreson shares his stories of three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats and the quest for the infamous Northwest Passage. In his 1994 passage attempt, the crew became trapped in the ice and barely escaped. In 2007, David and crew were successful in traveling along famed explorer Roald Amundsen's route and became the first American sailboat in history to accomplish this feat. In 2009, he was ice expert and documentary photographer on the scientifically-equipped, 64' s/v Ocean Watch which accomplished the NW Passage from west to east. David became the only American sailor in history to transit the infamous passage in both directions. Luncheon registration is October 3. To register for lunch, click here.

Bird Conservation in Northeast Iowa

November 5, 2014 (This is a Wednesday due to Election Day) - 11:00 a.m.-noon. For the past 33 years, Jon Stravers, Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge Bird Conservation Coordinator, has specialized in monitoring red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles, and cerulean warblers along the Mississippi River. He'll share his findings, stories, and pictures of these fascinating birds. Luncheon registration is October 31. To register for lunch, click here.

River Critters & Wildlife

December 3, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-noon. Paddling Iowa rivers since the age of 12, Dr. Jim Pease is a wildlife and interpretive specialist who will help you find and understand the wildlife along Iowa's rivers. From birds and mammals to trees and shrubs, Jim knows them and know ho to help you understand them and their relationship with the river. Luncheon registration is November 26. 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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