Polk County Conservation

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

Polk County Conservation offers many volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups alike. Check our calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The 2014 camping season is now open. Make your site reservations by visiting www.mycountyparks.com

New firewood regulations have been implemented in our parks. See our Firewood Quick Link below.

Make your cabin reservations today! Visit www.mycountyparks.com for further details.

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

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

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

September - December Nature News Hot Off The Press!

The September - December 2014 Nature News newsletter has just been released. Inside, it shares information and photos about current projects and upcoming progr…

Flooding Closures

Due to high lake water level, several areas will remain closed until further notice.

Jester Park:

  • Campground #3 
  • Interior Boat Ramp

Jester Park Eq…

Jester Park Summer Amphitheater Concert Series

The 2014 Music in the Park summer amphitheater concert series at Jester Park will take place every Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jester Park Amph…

Park and Trail Construction Updates

Great Western Trail

The Great Western Trail will be CLOSED to the public from August 18-22 to complete a construction project in the Old Army Post Road ar…

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 22, 2014River Run Garbage Grab

Volunteers can choose from many locations to either clean up land based trails by foot or bike, or choose to clean up the Des Moines and Raccoon River Water Trails by power boat, canoe or kayak. Polk County Conservation will be hosting the Sycamore Access. For more information about this event, ple...

Saturday, August 23, 2014Puccoon Prairie Restoration

Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County Conservation as we work to restore a unique prairie remnant in Polk County. Volunteers and staff will be helping to clear the area of brush and invasive species. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. We will meet at the entrance ...

Saturday, August 23, 2014Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with Dennis Kain. He sings a variety of country, blues, folk, and pop. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to sit on.

Thursday, August 28, 2014Lavendar & Loess Tour - FULL

Back by popular demand! Venture with us to the rolling Loess Hills. Breathe in the fresh relaxing scent of lavender fields at Iowa’s only Lavender Farm. Taste artisan cheeses from fresh goat’s milk at the Honey Creek Creamery. View the scenic Loess Hills at the Harrison County Historical...

Saturday, August 30, 2014Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with Miner Stokka Jazz.This three piece jazz band from Des Moines plays an array of swing, jazz standards, Latin and contemporary music to create just the right mood for listening or dancing. To learn more about Miner Stokka Jazz, click here. Bring a lawn chair and...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014OWLS - Wildlife Dynamics on Isle Royale

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors 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 P...

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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