2013 ZACC Pre & Post Conference Trips - Blank Park Zoo

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Trips will be available to locations around Des Moines and the state of Iowa before and after the conference.  Click here to register for one of the trips listed below.  Deadline to register is June 15, 2013! 

For any questions regarding pre or post conference trips, please call 515-974-2533

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge & Pella

Monday, July 8, 2013

This pre-conference trip explores central Iowa. The first stop? Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. This 8,654 acre refuge has a state-of-the-art visitor center surrounded by prairies and miles of winding, paved trails. You’ll have 1.5 hours for your adventures, and then a refuge staff member will hop the bus for a drive through the 740-acre bison/elk enclosure.

The second stop will provide you with a taste of small-town Iowa. Pella is a picturesque Dutch village with a city square and quaint shops all around. During your 2 hours in Pella, enjoy a leisurely lunch on your own at one of many restaurants before visiting the windmills and shops.

$25 per person
Includes transportation and tour.
9:00 am departure from hotel and retun at 3:00 pm




Baseball & Fireworks!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Baseball – America’s favorite pastime! Watch a game at the stadium where the Des Moines River and Raccoon River meet  -- Principal Park! The Iowa Cubs is the minor league team that serves as the farm team for the Chicago Cubs, so you will get to see future Major League players! On this Friday night, the Cubs will be playing the Albuquerque Isotopes (farm team for the L.A. Dodgers). After the game, stay in your seat for a fantastic fireworks show!

$20 per person
Includes transportation and ballgame ticket.
6:00 pm departure from hotel and return by 11:00 pm




Art of Conservation Reception

Friday, July 12, 2013

An evening of swimming and relaxing! Light food and drinks will be served.

3550 Lincoln Place Drive
Des Moines, IA 50312
Please RSVP to Julie Ghrist at julie@art-of-conservation.org



Omaha Zoo

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo was founded in 1894 as Riverview Park by the City of Omaha, Nebraska. Today, this premier facility will be our host for the ZACC post-conference trip. We’ll enjoy special access and behind-the-scenes tours throughout the Zoo with some of your favorite creatures. For more information, visit www.omahazoo.com.

$40 per person
Includes transportation and admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
8:00 am departure from hotel and return at 7:00 pm



Click here to register for one of the trips above!

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