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. "The Lincoln Highway and School Gardens" will be presented on Tuesday, March 4, beginning at 11 a.m.

Angie Hettinger will provide an overview of efforts by Prairie Rivers of Iowa to educate children and adults about Iowa’s rich history and natural resources. Prairie Rivers of Iowa is an Ames-based nonprofit organization that coordinates several conservation and preservation programs, including the management of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway for the Iowa Department of Transportation. This byway reflects the route of the Lincoln Highway, the country’s first coast-to-coast roadway, which celebrated its centennial in 2013. Angie will share many photos from the past and present. She will also discuss the development of school and community gardens in Ames.

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 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28. The planned lunch menu for March is stuffed peppers, fresh fruit, coleslaw, dinner roll and cheesecake.

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