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Senior Programs & 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!

  • Date(s): These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Jester Park Lodge
  • Registration Deadline for Lunch Only: Pre-registration required for lunch only - Friday before the program.
  • Optional Lunch Cost: The cost of the catered lunch is $10.

June 2 - Biking Alaska

Tesha and Larry Huffaker, from Newton, and thirty others with the North Iowa Touring club biked 755 miles in Alaska. They started biking in Anchorage on June 11, 2004. They biked down to Homer, ferried over to Kodak Island back to Seward and ended up in Fairbanks on June 27. They enjoyed beautiful scenery, viewed incredible wildlife, and saw Mt McKinley 12 of the 14 days. 

  • REGISTRATION: Required for lunch only, click here to register
  • DEADLINE: Register by Friday, May 29
  • LUNCH COST: $10
  • AGES: 12+

 

July 7 - Birding in the Southwest

In early 2018, Margaret and Ray Harden took a birding vacation to Arizona and New Mexico. They visited birding hot spots near Ramsey Canyon, San Pedro River Reserve, hummingbird reserve in Patagonia, Saguaro National Park, and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River. Come hear about their adventure!

  • REGISTRATION: Required for lunch only, click here to register
  • DEADLINE: Register by Friday, July 3
  • LUNCH COST: $10
  • AGES: 12+


August 4 - Ice Age iowa

People began moving into Iowa over 13,000 years ago at the end of the last “ice age”. This was a time of giant land mammals, ice, and extreme cold temperatures. Learn about what Iowa was like during this period and how people adapted to the conditions. Cherie Haury-Artz Education Assistant with the Office of the State Archaeologist will share a display of a sample of real and replica artifacts from relevant time periods.  

  • REGISTRATION: Required for lunch only, click here to register
  • DEADLINE: Register by Friday, July 31
  • LUNCH COST: $10
  • AGES: 12+

2020 Senior Bus Tours

Step on board with Polk County Conservation as we explore the beauty of Iowa and Iowan hospitality throughout the state. Bring a sense of adventure and desire to reconnect with Iowa’s natural resources, while making new friends.