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

Great Western Trail Extension Final Construction Improvements Completed by the Beginning of June

Final connection improvements on the east end of the Great Western Trail extension are in progress. These improvements should be wrapped up by the beginning of …

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

Wednesday, June 01, 2016Nature's Story Hour - Feathered Friends

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.

Friday, June 03, 2016Senior Fishing Derby

Senior Services of Polk County and PCC are hosting a fishing derby open to any person 60 and over. Fishing poles and bait will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Prizes will be awarded. A box lunch will be served to all registered participants. Registration deadline is May 27. To reg...

Saturday, June 04, 2016National Trails Day: Trails Workday and Camping

Join other natural surface trails enthusiasts for a day of trail maintenance, clearing overlook areas, re-surfacing trails and repairing erosion structures. Then kick up your feet and relax for an evening of food, drink and entertainment. Check-in at 9 a.m. on Saturday with free camping provided for...

Sunday, June 05, 2016Great Outdoors Foundation Backwoods Challenge - Canceled

Got what it takes to complete this backwoods mudslinging, canoe paddling, bike riding, trail hiking, fun filled morning of challenges? Let’s find out as you and a team member put your skills to the test! Registration open to the first 100 two-person teams. Fee: $50/person. Proceeds to benefit ...

Monday, June 06, 2016Nature Friends - Everyone Needs a Rock

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, June 08, 2016Nature Playdate - Nature Detectives

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

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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