Care to spend an evening learning from wild teachers such as turtles, bats and owls, along with the experienced wildlife experts who care for them?

On Friday, Nov. 10, from 6:30-9:30 p.m, at the Nature Lodge in the Raccoon River Park, 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, guests of the “Wildlife Calls! 2017” event will experience an uplifting and educational evening of celebrating wild lives, wild land and the human spirit.

Staff, board members and volunteers from the Iowa Wildlife Center (IWC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will share their remarkable story of providing professional rehabilitation services for native wildlife. The group also provides conservation education programs and wildlife assistance skills training — all while building a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and education center on their 75 acres of permanently protected land near Ames.

The IWC has expanded their capacity this summer by growing their facilities, and building three large cages for conditioning wild animals prior to release, as well as two cages for educational program owls. The organization has also initiated two new, well-received educational events in central Iowa, including the High Trestle Hawk Watch, held the first weekend of October on central Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge, and the All Species, One Earth celebration, held during Earth Week in Ames.

Guests will learn more about their development and progress; share in their success through inspiring wildlife stories, photos and videos; meet IWC’s wild teachers; bid on unique silent and live auction items and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar. Some will leave with door prizes, and all will take home a souvenir pint glass.

All proceeds support IWC, an organization committed to saving wild lives, educating the public and protecting the environment. To learn more about IWC and purchase advance tickets for $40 ($50 at the door), visit