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Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the refuge around 1 p.m. A 5-mile bus drive through the area will provide a view of the herd of 75 bison and 25 elk living within the refuge. The prairie is a natural habitat for a diversity of grassland birds, wildflowers and perhaps a monarch butterfly or two. The Learning Center shows a short film with numerous hands-on displays. The trip cost is between $35 and $45 depending on the number of participants. Refuge admission is free. Call Sandy Hanson at 319-624-2710 or Art Tellin at 319-855-9797 for reservations.