Sons and Daughters
Monday, August 14
7:45 am – 4:30 pm Explore Iowa State University
Participants get to experience many of the keystone attractions of Iowa State University and its extended campus. Situated on over 17 acres, Reiman Gardens offers both indoor and outdoor gardens, a conservatory with seasonal displays, as well as a massive Butterfly Wing covering over 2,500 square feet. Covering 235 acres, the ISU Horticulture Research Station, is one of the nation’s leading field research centers specializing in fruit, vegetables, home gardens, hops, orchards, vineyards, ornamentals, and honeybees. From chickens to horses and everything in-between, the ISU Animal Science Teaching Farm Complex, is a great way to explore and learn about various
livestock production operations and ongoing research activities. The ISU Student Innovation Center provides opportunities to explore digital media, photography, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, as well as virtual reality. Finally, if that wasn’t enough, tour attendees will stop at the ISU Food Science and Creamery Department. Here, participants will learn about Iowa’s dairy industry, tour the creamery to learn how dairy products are made, and sample some amazing cheese and ice cream made right from the creamery.
Tuesday, August 15
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Living History Farms
Participants will travel back in time and learn how the fertile prairies of the Midwest have been turned into the most productive farmland in the world. This interactive 500-acre open-air museum allows visitors to explore and learn about farming practices and small community living over the past 300 years. From the Ioway Indian Farm, circa 1700, to the Horse-Powered Farms of 1900, visitors are able to learn about livestock, tools, machinery, crops, gardens and daily household chores that took place during these time periods. The town of Walnut Hill, circa 1876, re-creates a bustling frontier community complete with craftsmen and merchants in several historically accurate shops, businesses, homes and even an old country schoolhouse. Take an educational adventure and find out and experience how these pioneers lived in some of the most challenging times of our nation’s history. Then return to the Events Center for games and activities.
Wednesday, August 16
8:15 am – 3:00 pm Blank Park Zoo
What’s wild in Des Moines? Since 1963, The Blank Park Zoo has inspired guests to have an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation. The Blank Park Zoo spans over 49 acres and includes almost 3,000 animals. From lions to penguins, everyone’s favorite wildlife animals are waiting for guests to see and learn more about them. Tour guests will also get to experience additional educational programs and workshops such as a vet clinic tour or zoo staff career panel just for being with the NACAA. Train rides and a carousel complete a great adventure that all are sure to enjoy. Participants will end the day with a farewell pizza party back at the Events Center from 6:30-8:30 pm.
*Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Iowa swag bag will include a drawstring cinch sack backpack, t-shirts for daily wear, among other novelty items. A personal water bottle is recommended but not required. Breakfast, snacks, water and first aid kits will also be available daily.