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? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of every month.

  • Date(s): These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Jester Park Nature Center
  • Registration: None
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 12+

January 2, 2024 - Walk with the Pumas

Come join Dr. Paul Brooke and walk with pumas in a special multimedia presentation. As part of his most recent book, he photographed wild pumas in Pantagonia, Chile as well as a variety of other wildlife. Brooke, a professor of English, combines writing, science, and photography. He will tell you about tracking the cats in the low Andes and watching them hunt guanacos feed and care for their cubs.

February 5, 2024 - Mongolia - "Land of the Nomadic Eagle Hunters"

Sandwiched between Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, is Mongolia - a beautiful country noted for its nomadic people and culture. These nomads, who are superb horsemen, celebrate a time-honored tradition of hunting with trained Golden Eagles from horseback, for fox and hare. Join nature photographer and world traveler Ty Smedes as he narrates a slide presentation exploring the Mongolian countryside, while experiencing the rich culture as a guest of local nomadic people. We'll also journey far to the south of the country, to explore the Flaming Cliffs and renowned Gobi Desert, where seemingly endless sand dunes and the Bactrian Camel herders reign.

March 5, 2024 - Secrets of the Underground

Join Assistant Naturalist Julie McNeely for a presentation about the mystery of caves. We’ll learn about how they form and what lives in them. We will also hear the story of Floyd Collins; an American cave explorer that became trapped in a cave in the winter of 1925.

April 2, 2024 - African Wildlife Adventures

Jim and Cindy Pease have been on and led several trips to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.  This presentation will share photos and stories of the incredible wildlife and natural history of the grasslands and savannas of eastern Africa.

Senior Bus Tours 2024

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. 

  • June 13, 2024 - Barns, Bees, Moos, and Kangaroos to Cedar Falls, Iowa - click here to learn more
  • July 11, 2024 - Music on the Mississippi to Moline, Illinois - click here to learn more
  • August 22, 2024 - Pearl Buttons & Historic Pine Grist Mill to Muscatine, Iowa - click here to learn more
  • September 12, 2024 - Autumn, Apples & Adventure to Jefferson, Iowa - click here to learn more

Senior Bus Trip registration opens up on March 30, 2024 at 8am.