Schedule of events
Barbecue in the Park

Let's start off the weekend with food and fun. We will meet at the Big Bluestem Shelter at Moore Memorial Park, 3050 Northridge Parkway, from 5:00-9:30 pm. 

Hickory Park will serve barbecue sandwiches and sides from 5:30 to 6:30. Come early so that you don't miss out. We will also provide beverages and dessert. Please send a message to if you would like a vegan option.

Bird Walk

Guided Tour of Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor

AHS Class 0f 73 

Fifty-Year Class Reunion Bird Walk 

Saturday, August 5 

8:30 AM. Coffee—9:00 AM. Bird Walk 

Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor 

Whether you’re an avid birder who maintains an avian life list, a homeowner who has a couple of feeders hanging in your back-yard, or someone who appreciates the sweet sound of birdsong while walking through a neighborhood park, you’re bound to have fun looking for birds while exploring Ames’ newest city park -- the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor -- on Saturday, Aug. 5. 


The guided walk by staff from Wild Birds Unlimited will begin at 9 a.m. but feel free to come as early as 8:30 to mingle with your classmates while enjoying coffee from Burgie’s. Participants should meet at the kiosk near the parking lot on Collaboration Place off University Blvd., just south of the ISU Research Park. 


The 37-acre park opened in 2019 and has the name of longtime Ames businessman and former mayor Ted Tedesco. The $4.5 million project was a joint effort of the City of Ames, Iowa State University, the ISU Research Park, and Story County Conservation with a focus on showcasing “conservation techniques, sustainable technologies, environmental education, water quality awareness, and trail connectivity.” 


The park is a prairie restoration with several wetlands, a stream, and woods that attract a wide variety of songbirds, including Eastern bluebirds, Baltimore orioles, indigo buntings, ruby-throated hummingbirds and purple martins, among numerous other species of shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors. 


A spotting scope and a limited number of binoculars will be available for use, but those who have their own binoculars are asked to bring them. This is considered an easy hike on paved trails that are accessible for people with disabilities. Bring a jacket, snacks, and water if you like.

A High School Tour Like No Other!
It's not the same!
It's not the same!

Saturday, August 5th at 11:00 am

(You won’t be able to find your old locker on this one.)

The Ames High School building we knew is just a memory now. The new building opened to students in the fall of 2022 and you definitely want to see this beautiful new building in person.

We will be meeting in the new lobby at 11:00 a.m. Bring your walking shoes, it’s BIG!

Elementary School Mini-Reunions

Each elementary school in Ames will have a mini-reunion from noon-2 PM on Saturday, August 5. Please "purchase" a ticket for this event. Additional information regarding your host and meeting place will be available on the ticket page. By signing up for a mini-reunion, you are giving permission to share your email address with the host.

Dinner at Reiman Gardens

Join the class for an evening of food, fun, and frolicking in the Garden Room at the beautiful Reiman Gardens, located at 1407 University Blvd. Purchase your ticket by July 28 to ensure your access to this great evening. Tickets are limited and space is filling up.

3:30--Classmates with tickets may check in to walk the Gardens. (Note the popular Butterfly exhibit closes at 4:30.)

5:00--Reunion event begins and cash bar opens

5:30--Appetizers available

6:30--Buffet dinner begins, with catering by Hy-Vee (includes choices for meat lovers & vegetarians). 

7:30--A short program and a Memorial Video of those classmates who have left us; our own Jim Mac will be spinning the oldies

8:30--Last call for cash bar

9:30--Event ends

If using GPS to navigate to Reiman Gardens, enter “intersection of University Boulevard and South 16 Street Ames” into the search field. Please park in Lot S1. You cannot enter from Beach Boulevard.

Breakfast at Brookside
Maple Shelter is near the entrance to the park right across from the Georgie Tsushima  Memorial Skate Park.
Maple Shelter is near the entrance to the park right across from the Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park.

Wrap up the weekend at the Maple Shelter at Brookside Park. Take advantage of this one last opportunity to renew friendships and make new connections. 

Burgies Coffee will be providing coffee and scones.