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Posted on: March 27, 2013

[ARCHIVED] O.W.L.S. TOPIC FEATURES National Parks West, 49 Nights in a Minivan

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames. National Parks West, 49 Nights in a Minivan will be presented by Bruce Ellingson on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Join Dr. Bruce Ellingson, Professor of Media Studies at Buena Vista University, for a discussion of his most recent photography work: “Bruce Ellingson’s American Landscapes.” As part of a faculty sabbatical, during the summer and fall of 2010, Ellingson and his wife, Margie, embarked on several trips to document the national parks, racking up 22,000 miles through 17 states and 11 national parks, and sleeping 49 nights in a minivan.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for "boomers" or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. To view a full schedule of OWLS programs, go here: Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 29. The planned lunch menu for April is French dips on 6" hoagie bun, hash brown casserole, spring salad, and cookie.

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at, or visit

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Jerry Keys
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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