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 $10.

Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have collectively made up our unique August experience. You’ll discover a bit of yourself in their stories – from watching two locomotives collide in front of a packed Grandstand to riding the Roller Coaster or sneaking a smooch with your sweetheart while gliding through Ye Old Mill, from parading your Charolais around the ring to watching judges test your piecrust, from camping in Tent City to eating your noon meal beside your car. Author Mary Kay Shanley shares best-of-the-best tales, which are accompanied by a few of the book’s 500 brilliant photographs. There’ll be time for sharing because everybody has a great State Fair story to tell. Program sponsored by Humanities of Iowa. - See more at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Jester-Lewis-A-Park/Events/9366/O-W-L-S-Older-Wiser-Livelier-Seniors-Our-State.aspx#sthash.pEoLWYWQ.dpuf
Raptors of the Midwest

December 4, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm. Learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. Register for lunch only; deadline is November 30. To register for lunch, click here.

Iowa's Hidden Treasures

January 8, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm. Join retired Midwest Living editor-in-chief and IPTV travel program host Dan Kaercher for a special version of his "Iowa's Hidden Treasures" program that delves not only into why Iowa is such a special state to call home overall, but also explores some wonderful Iowa getaways: parks, historic attractions, big cities, quaint small towns, and tempting eateries. Then we'll focus specifically on some famous Iowa sons and daughters were born, educated and achieved fame right here, or went on to earn recognition elsewhere, or came here to make their mark. Wild Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp of the Old West...singers and musicians like Andy Williams, the Everly Brothers and Glen Miller...film stars Donna Reed and John Wayne...Grant Wood and Mauricio Lasansky in the art world...composer Meredith Willson...and White House figures Herbert Hoover and Mamie Eisenhower. The list is long, and it will make you even prouder that you are now to be an Iowan! PS Dan will also share attractions around the state you can visit that recall these great Iowans. Register for lunch only; deadline is January 4. To register for lunch, click here.

Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World

February 5, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm. Sylvan T. Runkel, Iowa’s foremost naturalist, learned about nature from his grandmother, who lived in the southern Illinois log cabin where he spent his summers. His passion for adventure, wild places, and wild things led Sylvan to a career as a forester, botanist, and naturalist. Injuries suffered when Sylvan’s glider crashed on D-Day did not stop his wilderness treks, or his dedication to teaching others about conservation. Iowans came to know “Sy’” as a gentle citizen whose wildflower books, nature hikes, and TV appearances emphasized his respect for our planet – and for ALL our fellow “citizens.” Larry Stone and co-author Jon Stravers, both knew and worked with Sylvan,  and have kept his spirit alive with their book and programs honoring “Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World.” Register for lunch only; deadline is February 1. To register for lunch, click here.

Forget Recycling Often, Start Recycling Right!

March 5, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm. Ammon Taylor, Municipal Marketing Manager for Waste Management, will discuss changes in the recycling industry and the need for continued education about what can or can’t be recycled. Register for lunch only; deadline is March 1. To register for lunch, click here.

Tropical Biodiversity: Why should we care?

April 2, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm. The tropics are places of amazing beauty and biodiversity, filled with plants and animals exotic and fascinating to us.  Join Jim Pease as we explore a few of those places in this presentation and talk about why keeping them wild and diverse is important to us. Included will be photos from Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, and more. Register for lunch only; deadline is March 29. To register for lunch, click here.

Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have collectively made up our unique August experience. You’ll discover a bit of yourself in their stories – from watching two locomotives collide in front of a packed Grandstand to riding the Roller Coaster or sneaking a smooch with your sweetheart while gliding through Ye Old Mill, from parading your Charolais around the ring to watching judges test your piecrust, from camping in Tent City to eating your noon meal beside your car. Author Mary Kay Shanley shares best-of-the-best tales, which are accompanied by a few of the book’s 500 brilliant photographs. There’ll be time for sharing because everybody has a great State Fair story to tell. Program sponsored by Humanities of Iowa. - See more at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Jester-Lewis-A-Park/Events/9366/O-W-L-S-Older-Wiser-Livelier-Seniors-Our-State.aspx#sthash.pEoLWYWQ.dpuf
Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have collectively made up our unique August experience. You’ll discover a bit of yourself in their stories – from watching two locomotives collide in front of a packed Grandstand to riding the Roller Coaster or sneaking a smooch with your sweetheart while gliding through Ye Old Mill, from parading your Charolais around the ring to watching judges test your piecrust, from camping in Tent City to eating your noon meal beside your car. Author Mary Kay Shanley shares best-of-the-best tales, which are accompanied by a few of the book’s 500 brilliant photographs. There’ll be time for sharing because everybody has a great State Fair story to tell. Program sponsored by Humanities of Iowa. - See more at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Jester-Lewis-A-Park/Events/9366/O-W-L-S-Older-Wiser-Livelier-Seniors-Our-State.aspx#sthash.pEoLWYWQ.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
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 2018 (flyer)

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Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
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