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.

Grab your mountain bike and get dirty on 6.5 miles of single track at Sycamore Trail!

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

Campgrounds are officially open on April 1st! Register for your campsite at www.MyCountyParks.com

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

Campgrounds Open for the Season on March 31

Beginning April 1st, campgrounds at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, and Yellow Banks Park are open on a first-come first-served …

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open for the Polk County Conservation Youth Corps (PCCYC) program. The PCCYC mission is to foster environmental stewardship while …

Road Closure in Jester Park through Mid-May

Beginning on Monday, March 13th, an interior portion of park road at Jester Park is being closed for two months for construction work connected with the Jester …

Polk County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report Released

The Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum (passed in 2012) has provided us with the necessary funding to undertake many significant water quality im…

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 30, 2017Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing River of Doubt by Candice Millard. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 27. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Saturday, April 01, 2017Build a Willow Garden Tower-CANCELED

This program has been canceled due to low registration. Participants will build and decorate a free-standing willow garden tower up to seven feet in height (just be sure you can take it home!) The group will learn the fundamentals of construction and gather willow in the park. Be sure to bring ap...

Tuesday, April 04, 2017OWLS - South Georgia Island

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 Pa...

Tuesday, April 04, 2017Planting with Natives

A yard landscaped with native plants (those species that occurred in Iowa historically) hums with wildlife. This is because the native plants attract pollinators and other beneficial insects that in turn attract birds and other wildlife to feed on the plants and insects.  Learn how to use nativ...

Saturday, April 08, 2017Budding Birders

During this program, will discuss the seven “S” of bird watching. We will use our new skills to identify birds at the nearby bird blind and along the trails. Beginning on Monday, March 13th, an interior portion of park road at Jester Park is being closed for two months for constructio...

Friday, April 21, 2017Earth Day Trash Bash

Earth Day kicks off with a Bash at noon downtown including sponsor and volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. The rally builds a sense of community and cohesiveness to the day’s activities and is an opportunity to recognize the thousands of hours these volunteers wil...

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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