Conservation

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 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

September 7, 2021 - 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: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+ 

 

October 5, 2021 - Dinosaurs

Have a favorite dinosaur? This presentation will show enough information to keep you in the discussion with your grandkids and perhaps create an interest you will want to pursue for yourself. Find out why Iowa is a poor place to look for dinosaurs. Chuck Safris worked as a volunteer field paleontologist for more than 20 years for the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, the Carnegie Museum, and the Museum of Western Colorado at a Jurassic age dig site near Fruita, Colorado. While his field experience focused on fossil mammals, he gained a layman’s knowledge of dinosaurs along the way.  

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+

 

November 2, 2021 - Tree Talk

Let’s explore Iowa’s trees! Trees are incredibly fascinating organisms that provide us with many benefits. In Iowa, we are not known for our forested areas but we will dive deeper into what types of forest landscapes we find in Iowa, the risks our forests are facing, and how to identify common trees found in Iowa.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+

 

December 7, 2021 - Plants

Plants provide our most basic resources, from food, clothes, medicine, shelter and more. In this presentation, learn about plants and the amazing resources they provide through the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s collections.  

REGISTRATION: None

COST: Free

AGES: 12+

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.

  • Due to Covid-19, we are putting a pause on our Senior Bus Tours.