Senior Programs and Trips
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.
December 3, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. - noon. Freshwater mussels can be found in many rivers and streams in Iowa. They are valuable componenents of freshwater biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, and help keep the water clean by acting as Mother Nature's water filters. For something that looks like a living rock, they have a unique life cycl and interesting adaptations to the environment in which they live. Come learn more! Luncheon registration is November 27. To register for lunch, click here.
World Food Prize
January 7, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. - noon. The World Food Prize, internationally recongized as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture", was founded by Iowa's greatest hero and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug. Catherine Swoboda of the World Food Prize Foundation will provide an overview of the creation and 27 year history of the World Food Prize, including information about World Food Prize laureates, the global reach and local impact of the Foundations's Work, and what the World Food Prize is doing to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fight against hunger. Luncheon registration is January 3. To register for lunch, click here.
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.
Senior Bus Tours in 2013 - brochure