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 St.) northeast of Ames. "Civilian Conservation Corps" will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 12, beginning at 11 a.m.

Join Larry Wilson and special guest Glen L. Britt for a conversation about the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Twenty-seven days…that is the amount of time between FDR’s inauguration and signing of the Emergency Conservation Work Program in 1933. More than 60 towns in Iowa hosted CCC camps for young men between 18-23 who could serve for up to two years. During its existence, 46,000 Iowans enrolled in the program.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for "boomers" or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon. Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. The planned lunch menu for November is carved turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner roll and pumpkin pie.

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