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
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 12+

January 3, 2023 - National Bird Day

Join us on National Bird Day for a discussion on everything Birds. We’ll talk about some natural history of birds, birdwatching tips, as well as ways to attract birds where you live.

February 7, 2023 - Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Come hear from Nancy Corona, Visitor Services Manager, from Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge as she shares an overview about the refuge. She will discuss the purpose of the refuge, share information on the biology and natural resource management projects, as well as, the recreational, educational, and volunteer activities that are available.

March 7, 2023 - Humpback Whales

Humpback whales embark on one of the longest migration journeys in the animal kingdom. They possess many amazing adaptations and social behaviors to help them grow and survive. While whaling once threatened their extinction, today climate change serves as their number one challenge. Learn more about humpback whales and how their survival may also be linked to our own.  

April 4, 2023 - Why Zoos Exist

Learn the story of Blank Park Zoo, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and how we collectively save species from extinction.  Learn about coral saving projects in Florida, Blanding’s turtle reintroductions in our own backyard, and the creation of pollinator habitat.  Walk away knowing that your visit to the Zoo helps save ecosystems across the world.

Senior Bus Tours 2023

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 2023 Bus Trip brochure to learn more.

Senior Bus Trip registration opens up on March 25, 2023 at 8am.