Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see autumn 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.

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 activities and programs this fall!

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

Easter Lake Park Covered Bridge Receives Facelift

The historic covered bridge that sits on the south side of Easter Lake Park is undergoing some restoration work. The bridge will be closed to the public from Oc…

Park Water Service on Through 10/27

Water service to campgrounds, restrooms, and showerhouses will remain on through October 27th. Following 10/27, weather conditions and temperatures will be moni…

Great Western Trail Information

An information packet about the Great Western Trail that was presented as "information only" to the Polk County Conservation Board during their monthly meeting …

September - December Nature News

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 24, 2014Owl Prowl

Join a naturalist for a lively campfire program to learn about owls. After a discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different owl species.

Saturday, October 25, 2014Walk for Wildlife

Enjoy a family walk through the park or extend your trip with a 5 or 10-kilometer Volkssport walk. You can also try geocaching along your walk, GPS units will be available. Girl Scouts of America are also invited to take part in the day, there will be a number of badge requirement activities availab...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014Nature Friends - Going Batty

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. The program is sponsored by Des Moines Izaak Walton League and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Fee $7, ...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014Going Batty

Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Come learn the truth about this “grossly” misunderstood animal. Learn how to deal with them when they become an unwanted houseguest and find out what you can do to help protect this beneficial species.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014OWLS - Bird Conservation in Northeast Iowa

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...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014Bird Conservation in Northeast Iowa

For the past 33 years, Jon Stravers, Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge - Bird Conservation Coordinator, has specialized in monitoring Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles and Cerulean Warblers along the Mississippi River. He’ll share his finding, stories and pictures of these fascinating bi...

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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