Polk County Conservation

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

Park of the Month: Easter Lake. Visit this beautiful urban park that is home to a 172-acre recreational lake, 6 miles of paved trail, playgrounds, picknicking and hiking areas.

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

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 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

Seasonal Water Shut Off in Parks

We begin monitoring weather conditions mid-October to determine when water is shut off to our campgrounds and in our parks. Please call ahead beginning the week…

Brown's Woods Grand Re-Opening on October 7

Join Polk County Conservation and partners to celebrate the new hiking trails and features inside the Brown’s Woods urban forest preserve. Festivities will take…

Parks Superintendent Job Posting

Parks Superintendent Polk County Conservation Board Granger, Iowa Salary: $61,658-$81,094 The Parks Superintendent manages and directs the day-to-day operations…

Plant Some Shade with the Great Outdoors Foundation and MidAmerican Energy

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company can reduce future energy use, landscape their homes and green up their communities this fall through the Pla…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 10, 2015Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Would your child like to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting? This mentored hunt in a controlled waterfowl hunting area at Chichaqua can provide this opportunity. Start the morning with a “hunter’s breakfast” in the shop. Youth will be placed in groups of two and teamed with...

Saturday, October 10, 2015Walk 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...

Sunday, October 11, 2015Carney Marsh Restoration

A DMACC crew of Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday of every month for the rest of the year at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along on any month. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. Dress for the weather ...

Sunday, October 11, 2015Fall Frenzy

Bring your family for a day of fall fun! Come explore Walker Johnston Park and all the amenities it has to offer. We will have a scavenger hunt, outdoor games, crafts, and live critters. This event is hosted by Polk County Conservation, UCANN, and Urbandale Parks and Recreation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - Wednesday, October 14, 2015Honey Creek Resort & Rathbun Overnight - FULL

Journey with us to southern Iowa for a unique overnight escape at Honey Creek Resort. Fall foliage, a luncheon cruise on Lake Rathbun, a golf cart brigade, campfire stories and more await you on this two day trip to southern Iowa.    On our way to the lake we will explore the award winn...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015Polk County Conservation Board Meeting

The five members of the Polk County Conservation Board meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Board meetings, which are open to the public, are held at the Polk County Administration Building at 2nd Avenue and Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Click here to see the current agenda...

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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