Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see summer 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 summer!

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

GLOW WILD at Jester Park on September 4th

We have a very special event planned for you and your family on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 6-10 p.m. at Jester Park. 'Glow Wild' will consist of an ev…

We Need Your Support for the Jester Park Nature Center!

Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa's leading nature centers as well as a gateway to experience our state's natural environment. It will serve a…

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…

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 23, 2016Nature Friends - Tricky Tracks

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...

Saturday, August 27, 2016Monarch Tagging

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico. We will also be looking for milkweed that has ripened so we can collect the seed and ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016Rock of Ages Bus Trip

Rock-on with Polk County Conservation to view the eigth Wonder of the World in NW Iowa. The Grotto covers more than a city block. It is filled with precious and semi-precious stones collected worldwide. This unique collection and display artistry has been described as a "Miracle in Stone"...

Saturday, September 03, 2016Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park on Labor Day Weekend with Tropical Steel. This Caribbean Steel Band has been performing their “sweet island sounds” since 1997. Let them sweep you off to the islands with their collection of energetic and soothing sound of Caribbean and Latin music featuring...

Sunday, September 04, 2016Glow Wild

Come ‘Glow Wild’ with your family on Sunday, September 4th at Jester Park from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, live music, night hikes and a kids’ prairie maze. Learn about bats, owls, and the stars plus children will make their own art and craft activity. Enjoy beverages, food a...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016OWLS - Camp Dodge

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...

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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