Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring at its finest.

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this season!

Park improvements to enhance recreation areas and wildlife habitat continue. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Park of the Season: Thomas Mitchell. Visit this beautiful 179-acre countryside park just south of Mitchellville. Camping, fishing, hiking and much more await you this spring!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is full of year-round activities and events. Keep updated on all things to do by visiting www.polkcountyiowa.gov/equestriancenter

The Polk County Conservation Board’s mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage.

Leading You Outdoors

News & Announcements

Jester Park Boat Ramp and Camp Area #3 Closed Temporarily

Water levels on Saylorville Lake will be going up this week due to recent heavy rains. This has resulted in the closing of the internal boat ramp and Camp Area …

Relaxed Fishing Regulations Begin at Easter Lake on June 1st.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Easter Lake in Polk County starting on June 1st, 2016, to allow anglers to more freel…

Polk County Geocaching Parks Challenge

To celebrate Polk County Conservation's 60th Anniversary in 2016, we are kicking off a Geocaching Parks Challenge! We want to encourage you to get outside and e…

2016 Camping Season

Campgrounds in all Polk County parks are now open for the 2016 camping season. Water and showerhouse services are expected to be fully operational by Friday, Ap…

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 09, 2016Nature Friends - Rrribbit!

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure with your 3-5 year old! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different prog...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Thursday, May 19, 2016Orange City Tulip Festival Bus Trip - FULL

Journey to northwest Iowa with Polk County Conservation on a two day adventure. Enjoy the annual Tulip Festival parade and street scrubbing in Orange City, sample Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream in LeMars and enjoy an evening concert by the Brown Family.  Other stops include the Lewis & Clark ...

Friday, May 20, 2016Catch-n-Croakers

Learn to identify frogs by sight and sound before sloshing into the wetlands to catch these amazing creatures. Bring your own net and flashlight. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25, 2016Buffalo River Kayak Trip

Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five day adventure to Arkansas. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools whil...

Saturday, May 21, 2016Woodland Restoration Workday

We will be assisting longtime park stewards Penny Thomsen and John Harri in their efforts to remove undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and bring a refillable water bottle. To volunteer for this event, please contac...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Nature Friends - Feathered Friends

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure with your 3-5 year old! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different prog...

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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