Polk County Conservation

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

Park of the Month: Fort Des Moines. Ft. DM is home to a deep 14-acre lake, arboretum and mile-long trail that winds through a tapestry of sunlight, shadows and greenery.

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

Wells Fargo volunteers lending a hand in our county parks. Check the calendar of events for upcoming volunteer field days and events.

Park improvements are taking place throughout the county. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is gearing up for summer. Keep updated on all events and 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

Summer Countdown: Top 10 Things to Do in Your County Parks

The days are muggier and buggier as the smell of fried food on a stick fills the air. This can only mean one thing in Iowa - the beginning of the end of yet ano…

Jester Park Lodge Guest Services Management RFP

Beginning on July 8th, 2015, interested parties can obtain a request for proposal for Guest Services Management (Bookings and Catering) at the Jester Park Lodge…

Phase II of the Mark C. Ackelson Trail is Now Open

Phase II of the circumferential trail around Easter Lake Park and through Ewing Park is now complete and open to the public. This section of the Mark C. Ackelso…

Easter Lake Life Jacket Loan Program

Keep it fun and safe out on the water this summer! Opening Memorial Weekend, life jackets will be available at the Easter Lake Beach. The public is welcome to u…

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 29, 2015Nature's Story Hour - Talking Tails

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, July 30, 2015Bike HIke

Enjoy a leisurely ride with a naturalist on the new Mark C. Ackelson Trail. This ride is designed for families, so we'll make frequent stops.

Saturday, August 01, 2015Freshwater Mussels

For something that looks like a living rock, mussels have a unique life cycle and interesting adaptations to the environment in which they live. This will be a mix of classroom and field sampling (weather permitting). Those who want to get in the water to look for mussels should come prepared to get...

Monday, August 03, 2015Nature Friends - Frog Hop

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds with an adult! 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 diffe...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015OWLS - Bears of Katmai

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal, and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon fol...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015Reptiles of Iowa

Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.

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

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

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