Conservation

Senior Programs & Trips

OWLS - Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, and learn about the exciting world of nature? Join us for cookies and coffee social starting at 10:30 and program at 11:00am.

  • Date(s): These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Jester Park Nature Center
  • Registration: None

April 5, 2022 - Mammal Mania

Some can fly, some can dig, and some can swim, but we all have one thing in common, we’re all mammals, including us. We’ll discuss the characteristics that make mammals a unique class of animals and review the diverse selection of species living here in Iowa.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+

May 3, 2022 - Gladys Black

The late Gladys Black of Pleasantville was widely known throughout Iowa as a conservationist, educator and amateur expert on birds. Larry Stone and co-author Jon Stravers have written a book about Gladys. Larry’s slide program acknowledges this colorful woman’s impact on so many Iowans. This program has been funded in part by Humanities Iowa.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+

June 7, 2022 - Sweet Summer Antarctica

Stacey Snyder, a long-time educator, traveled with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to Antarctica in 2019 as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. This is an opportunity to experience through her eyes an expedition to this continent that so few of us get to visit. Join her to learn about some of the big moments she experienced as well as perspectives that can allow Iowans to make a difference to the ice and penguins of this intriguing continent.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+  

July 5, 2022 - Gym-N-Eat Crickets

After moving back home to Iowa in October 2017 and helping on the family farm, Shelby Smith was encouraged by her dad to find an obscure niche other than the traditional farming markets of corn and soybeans. On January 1, 2018, she landed on crickets. By January 10, she had ordered her first 10,000 crickets, and the rest is history.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+  

August 2, 2022 - Roy Behrens' National Park Exhibition

The work of Graphic Designer, Roy Behrens will be on exhibition at the Jester Park Nature Center, from May-August 2022. Roy created a 27 poster series highlighting some of our nation’s most treasured national parks. We will use Roy’s posters as inspiration to learn more about the national park system, its beginnings, history and future. We will also discuss in more detail a few of the parks highlighted in the series and hear personal stories from people who have visited some of these amazing parks. Afterward, be sure to take some time to view and enjoy Roy’s beautiful posters.  

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+  

Senior Bus Tours 2022

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. Check out the 2022 Bus Trip brochure to learn more.

Senior Bus Trip registration opens up on March 26, 2022 at 8am.